This afternoon the Choreoscope, the Barcelona International Dance Film Festival, started with a new hybrid edition. In person, it will be from September 14 to 19 at the Filmoteca de Catalunya and at Maldà cinemas. Its online format will begin on September 20 at Filmin, with exclusive content, and will last until October 10.
Choreoscope has opted to bring national and international dance cinema to the screens of Barcelona. This year brings a more extensive programming, with five sessions of short films with more than 50 films and eight feature films, both fiction and documentaries.
Among the programming there are about thirty films made in Spain, and this year the national production has experienced a great increase, due to the pandemic. “From Chorescope we see that dancers and choreographers have found a powerful ally in audiovisuals that has allowed them to overcome the pandemic, which has affected the cultural sector so much,” said Loránd János, the festival director.
The inauguration has been in charge of Damn, Directed by Elena Goatelli and Angel Esteban and portraying the precariousness of the theater and dance sector. The opening ceremony also featured the performance Anatomy of a bathtub, by the choreographer and dancer Íria Llena Gasol.
Other outstanding productions are the French documentary A secret joy, which part of the attack on Charli Hebdo, and Romeo and Juliet: Beyond words, a dance reinterpretation of this classic.
The 2021 Honorary Award will be dedicated to Belgian choreographer and director Wim Vandekeybus, and two of his films will be seen on Thursday: Here After and The last words.
Retrospective of his filmography
The 2021 Honorary Award will be dedicated to the Belgian choreographer and director Wim Vandekeybus
As the closing of this edition it will be released in Spain Queen & Béjart: Ballet for life, a documentary piece about Queen, Freddie Mercury and choreographer Maurice Béjart in tribute to all AIDS victims.
After this first week of face-to-face screenings, the festival moves to the Filmin online platform from September 20 to October 10. You will be able to see the awarded short films as well as the filmography of Wim Vandekeybus. In addition, it will also be available Tales of Beatrix Potter, a ballet dedicated to the little ones about the stories of the English writer.