The dance ﬁlm is a particularly remarkable genre amongst the ﬁlms available in the Netherlands. What makes it such a special genre? And why is it so important that we give an extra boost to the development of dance films?
First off: What constitutes a dance film? Often, people think of films that capture a dance performance. However, this genre is much broader. Over the years, it has evolved into a very special art form in which two disciplines come together: dance and film. It may not even have to feature actual people. Movement may be created by animals, colours or objects for example. However, Cinedans director Martine Dekker insists in Dansmagazine: ‘Essential to this is a cinematic plan, which is in itself a choreography.’
One ﬁlm, two disciplines
The remarkable thing, therefore, is that the dance film draws from both disciplines. Dance film has developed into its own artistic visual language to depict stories in a unique way. Camerawork, editing and sound contribute significantly towards the choreography. While dance has the potential to draw spectators deeper into the narrative, without words. It is precisely this that presents choreographers and dancers with a wealth of possibilities.
Cinedance FEST is driving the development of the genre in a number of different ways. Each year, the festival selects around sixty films from around the world. Made by makers who are looking for new opportunities to amaze audiences and grow personally.
The films are shown at the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam over four days, alongside an inspiring online programme. In addition, there are screenings of documentaries which capture the work of important dance artists. There is a Short Film Competition and naturally many opportunities for interaction between makers and audiences.