Contact Dance

  • January 7, 2016 — January 9, 2016

The Northwest Film Center and Portland’s premiere dance company, BodyVox, are pleased to partner in presenting the first annual Contact Dance Film Festival, a showcase featuring award-wining collaborations between filmmakers, dancers, and choreographers from around the world. Portland has long been a mecca for dance of all forms. With films from the Northwest and across the globe—and an entire program curated by filmmaker and frequent BodyVox collaborator Mitchell Rose–the Contact Dance Film Festival represents the latest evolution of an art form bursting with hybrid creativity. The screenings will take place at both the Bodyvox Dance Center, 17th and NW Northrup, and the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. We hope you’ll hop between the two venues and that the series’ eclectic choices will get your 2016 off on just the right foot.

Globe Trot

Mitchell Rose Presents: Dance@30FPS On the Road

Directed by Various

Eight dance-based shorts. Me—Story of a Performance Finland/Japan 2013 Director: Jopsu Ramu A performance drawn from both subjective and objective


Me—Story of a Performance

Directed by Jopsu Ramu

A performance drawn from both subjective and objective perspectives.


Ballet Spiral

Directed by Sam Asaert

An eerie journal through a frozen moment of ballet.


Well Contested Sites

Directed by Austin Forbord

A dance of previously incarcerated men filmed on Alcatraz Island.



Directed by Karel Van Laere

The human body is rendered defenseless as a man is dragged through Taiwan by an electric winch.



Directed by David Hinton

Birds do the dancing in this found footage film.


Globe Trot

Directed by Mitchell Rose

An international crowdsourced dance-film project, in which 50 filmmakers from all seven continents each shoot two seconds of dance by



Directed by Nadia Micault

An animation of rotoscoped choreography.


Off Ground

Directed by Boudewijm Koole

A dance of loss and longing between a boy and his dying mother.

Paul Taylor- Creative Domain

Paul Taylor Creative Domain

Directed by Kate Geis

Among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement and theme

Trash Dance

Trash Dance

Directed by Andrew Garrison

Sometimes inspiration is found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr sees beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the


Shorts 2: International Steps

Directed by Various

Ten dance-based shorts. Escualo US 2015 Directors: Martin and Facundo Lombard A powerful new tap piece from the Lombard Twins'



Directed by Martin Lombard, Facundo Lombard

A powerful new tap piece from the Lombard Twins' Piazzolla Suite.



Directed by Faith Morrison, Robert Uehlin

Conveying a kinesthetic experience of sand, grasses, sea, and space, Enso was filmed in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.


Martiality, not Fighting

Directed by Marianne Kim, Cheng-Chieh Yu

A young dancer performs the role of a conscientious objector through the pedestrian and the abstract to deliberate the question



Directed by Francesc Sitges-Sardà, Elisabet Prandi

A blend of nature, woods, and weird landscapes featuring two characters in constant transformation



Directed by Frédérique Cournoyer Lessard

Throughout her life, Rose has followed her passion for dance by using it as a singular method of communication essential


Lay me Low

Directed by Marlene Millar

Ten dancers, musicians, and singers communicate a universal feeling of loss while evoking a paradoxical sense of intimacy.

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Directed by Helena Jónsdottir, Vera Sölvadóttir

Who is living your life at this moment? A physical meditation on identity and the self.



Directed by Alex Pachon

A soloist dances to the sounds of his own joints cracking and popping.



Directed by Marlene Millar

A migratory journey of percussive dancers who rely on their hands, feet, and sonic bodies to create a unique soundtrack



Directed by Natalianne Boucher

Our perception of time and its connection with space is explored in movement through the symbolism of shifting sand.



Directed by Grant Harvey

Produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Balletlujah celebrates the music of one of Canada's--and now Portland's--most iconic artists, k.d. lang,