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2006 Media Releases - Events - ReelDance

Issued Thursday, 17 August 2006


ReelDance 2006, a film festival devoted to celebrating the art of dance on film. From Hollywood-musical tap to the pulsing rhythms of Africa, be moved by an intoxicating celebration of music, dance and film presented at The Studio, Sydney Opera House from 4 – 7th May.

Showcasing more than 35 captivating films of and about dance and dancers in a variety of dance genres from screen musicals, music videos and contemporary dance, this film festival caters to both dance and film audiences.

Sydney based Reeldance Director, Erin Brannigan who has programmed the festival since it’s inception said; ‘”the scope of the festival is global, with a truly international selection of great work from Europe, USA, Mexico, Hong Kong. These three genres cover the breadth and depth of the art from the rich cinematic history of the film musical through popular dance forms and experimental video techniques featured in music clips, to the poetics of the worlds greatest choreographers.”

Acclaimed Belgian choreographer, Wim Vanderkeybus, Director and founder of Ultima Vez, is this year’s festival guest with his film Blush. Vanderkeybus will present a forum on Friday night as well as a daily free screen lounge where he will showcase his back catalogue of dance films.

Thursday 4 May – Global Shorts - All About Love. 8.30pm features three very different love stories from award-winning dance filmmaker Clara van Gool(DV8’s Enter Achilles), Belgiums Les Ballet C.De la B. and the Australian premiere of a music comedy set at a Palestinian/Israeli checkpoint.

Friday 5 May – Contemporary dance on Screen. 8.30pm presents the very best European dance adapted for the screen from the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium and featuring a new film by renowned choreographer and international guest, Wim Vanderkeybus.
• Forum with Wim Vanderkeybus at 7pm

Sunday 7 May – Dance Documentaries –Globetrotting 2,+ 4pm. Take a trip around the world featuring DV8 Dance Theatre, a dance-comedy set in Hong Kong and Butoh-inspired solo on the streets of Uruguay. Sunday afternoon patrons can enjoy a free coffee with their ticket purchases, courtesy of Lavazza.

Sunday 7 May – ReelDance Award Finalists, 6.30pm Finalists for this year's ReelDance Awards for Best Australian and New Zealand short dance film or video will be screened at the festival.

Season Details:
Dates: Thur 4 – Sun 7 May
Times: 4 + 5 May, 8.30pm; 7 May, 2pm + 4pm + 6.30pm
Forum: 5 May, 7pm - free
Tickets: Thurs & Sun$15/$12, Fri $20/$15
Bookings: 9250 7777 /
Please note: All films have a MA 15+ rating. Children under 15 will not be permitted.

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