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Danced films and society: for a new impact

Danced films and society: for a new impact

2 h
This session is proposed in a screening format followed by a discussion in French and English.

Come and discover committed artists and producers, their artistic approaches and why they have chosen to use dance film to contribute to making things happen by opening up new spaces for citizen dialogue around major contemporary issues.

The Migration Dance Film Project is a cycle of danced films produced by director Marlene Millar and choreographer Sandy Silva around the theme MIGRATION. In 2017, they shot their 5th film in France in collaboration with the DAN.CIN.LAB team led by Anna Alexandre, an artistic platform dedicated to projects crossing dance and cinema around social issues.

In 2019, DAN.CIN.LAB launches with 4 other European partners — Coorpi (Italy), MØZ (Greece), Malakta (Finland) and Tanzrauschen (Germany) — a new project, mAPs — migrating Artists Project, combining mentoring, inclusive actions and research around the production of a collection of 5 short films on a common theme, POWER.

Screening in the presence of:
Aline-Sitoé N’Diaye: director of Emersion — French film from the mAPs collection,
Anna Alexandre : producer and director of DAN.CIN.LAB, leader of the mAPs project
Marlene Millar: director and producer of The Migration Dance Film Project,
Sandy Silva: choreographer and producer of The Migration Dance Film Project

Moderated by Philip Szporer: filmmaker, writer, lecturer and teacher-researcher at Concordia University.

Emersion — Aline-Sitoé N’Diaye. France, Grece, Germany, Italy. 2022. 19 min. French. English subtitles.
Navigation — Marlene Millar. Canada. 2020. 13 min. No dialogue.
Searching for Pheonix— Marc Wagenbach. Germany. 2022. 14 min. German. French subtitles.

With the support of the Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle of the Consulate General of France in Quebec, the French Ministry of Culture — DGCA and the European Union’s Creative Europe program.

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In Partnership with


• Musée McCord Stewart
Danced films and society: for a new impact
Thursday, march 17, 2022, 03:00 p.m.


Philip Szporer

Philip Szporer

Montreal-based filmmaker, writer, and lecturer, Philip Szporer, has been immersed in the Canadian dance world for close to 40 years. He teaches in both the Contemporary Dance department and the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability at Concordia University.

In 2001, Philip along with Marlene Millar, co-founded the Montréal-based award-winning media arts production company, Mouvement Perpétuel, co-directing and co-producing documentaries, short dance films, and installations to great acclaim. Works include a stereoscopic (3D) live action/​animated film Lost Action: Trace, created with choreographer Crystal Pite and animator Theodore Ushev; 1001 Lights, a gallery/​museum installation; Bhairava, a site-specific dance-for-camera film, featuring dancer and choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa; and MABOUNGOU: Being in the World, a recently completed documentary on the life and times of dancer-choreographer-philosopher Zab Maboungou.Personal projects include the celebrated Inquiry into Time and Perception studies.

Philip has also served as artistic advisor for interactive exhibits and installations, including the Corps rebelles/​Rebel Bodies exhibition, Musée de civilisation (Québec City), and the Regroupement québecois de danse Toile Mémoire interactive map project. In 2018, he co-founded Dance + Words, with Kathleen Smith, a collective dedicated to developing ideas and facilitate conversations around cultural discourse, such as the Wikipedia Dance Project.

Marlene Millar

Marlene Millar

Marlene has created dance films, documentaries and experimental media productions for over 30 years.

In 2019, her career was honoured at a retrospective exhibit at Threshold Artspace, Perth, UK, premiering her installation WITNESS that captures metaphoric histories with docu-fiction resonances.
Since 2000, Marlene has co-created an acclaimed collection of dance media work — installations, documentaries and dance films — with Philip Szporer through their company, MOUVEMENT PERPÉTUEL.

The process-driven continuum of the MIGRATION DANCE FILM PROJECT directed by Millar comes to life as she transposes Sandy Silva’s choreography to the screen, revealing the intricacies of issue-driven, performative stories. The films have garnered over 30 awards and prizes internationally.
A prolific educator and mentor, Millar has taught filmmaking across continents at institutes such as Centre Imagine (Burkina Faso), Malakta (Finland), Impulstanz (Vienna) and throughout the Canadian Arctic.
Sandy Silva

Sandy Silva

Choreographer, composer. dancer, producer is an award-winning performer, choreographer, composer, producer, and internationally acclaimed pioneer of percussive dance.
She draws from global percussive practices infusing themes with movement, vocal integration, theatre, and impeccable musicality. The result is a unique and powerful form of performance storytelling.

After 30 years of performing and teaching around the world, Sandy started the MIGRATION DANCE FILM PROJECT with award-winning director Marlene Millar. Their dance-for-camera films have screened internationally and won numerous awards.

Sandy has chosen artists from different artistic disciplines — dancers, singers and musicians — and brought communities together to move beyond traditional body percussion, expanding the depth of percussive dance vocabulary within an unconventional contemporary art form.
Aline-Sitoé N'Diaye

Aline-Sitoé N'Diaye

Born in 1995 in France, Aline-Sitoé N’Diaye is a French filmmaker focusing on social injustices and mixing cultures. After graduating from cinema school, she decides to study screenwriting in Montreal where she starts to collaborate as photographer, videomaker and editor with various artists.

Her 3‑min short Ceeb is the French winner of The Nespresso Talents Cannes Film Festival 2019. She is then awarded for The Bronx Berlin Connection, a 80’ documentary she makes in collaboration with Olad Aden, with Best Documentary Prize of the Hip Hop Film Festival Europe and Best Woman Filmmaker Prize at Angeles Doc Festival 2020​.In 2021, she releases her new fiction short, Fragments, produced by Black Wealth Media in association with Black on Black Films Montreal, selected by Palm Springs IFF and currently on tour worldwide.

Aline-Sitoé believes art is a bridge to unite communities, educate and create understanding.
Anna Alexandre

Anna Alexandre

Anna Alexandre devotes her work to the development of strong artistic projects mixing Dance and Image.
In 2011, Anna launched the DesArts/​/​DesCinés Festival exploring major contemporary issues at the intersection of choreographic arts and cinema.
In 2015, she set up the festival’s first International Competition of Short Danced Films, whose winners are invited to a residency in France — this is how she undertook her first co-production in 2016 in collaboration with Marlene Millar and Sandy Silva for the film Traverse as part of The Migration Dance Film Project.

In 2019, Anna creates the platform DAN.CIN.LAB, with a brand new international festival dedicated to societal dance film — DAN.CIN.FEST. The same year, she co-wrote with director Anthony Faye her first creative documentary, Corps Emouvants, selected at FIFA Montreal 2020, about young dancers with disabilities, engaged in a creation of Bolero between Reunion Island and metropolitan France.
Since then, she has been leading the mAPs project supported by Creative Europe and the French Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, in partnership with four other structures — Coorpi (IT), Tanzrauschen (DE), Malakta (FI) and MØZ (GR) — with the aim of producing a unique European collection of five danced films on the theme POWER, which will tour the world in 2022.
This season she founded the first international production company dedicated to dance films and innovative content with a societal focus, DAN.CIN.FILMS, with a line-up of 10 dramas and documentaries, with which she is developing a new streaming process for performance called choreodynamic capture.

Anna is a laureate of the SCAN Fund for Digital Creation 2021 for YOU’VE GOT THE POWER — THE mAPs EXPERIENCE, an inclusive interactive installation imagined as an echo to the mAPs collection.