2018 Festival Schedule

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Opening night SHORT FILMS
Thursday, April 12

8:00pm at UCLA Fowler Museum, $25

Opening Night Party to follow


To The Sea: Dance concerts on the pier — program A
Friday, April 13

6:30pm at Santa Monica Pier, Free event, RSVP required


La Chana by by Lucija Stoievic
FRIDAY, April 13

8:00pm at Laemmle Santa Monica, $12

West Coast Premiere

This film brings us under the skin and into the mind of La Chana, a talented Gypsy flamenco dancer as she returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 20-year break. 

watch the trailer here


The Sacrosanct Accompanist By Terese Capucilli
Saturday, April 14

12:00pm at Laemmle Santa Monica, $12
followed by a Q&A moderated by Bonnie Homsey

West Coast Premiere

A musical journey through Martha Graham’s Technique. Reed Hansen was the pianist in residence for Martha Graham’s Technique at The Juilliard School from 1958 until the present and Graham’s favorite accompanist for her School and Company. This film follows his enduring relationship with Martha Graham and takes a look inside her dynamic technique from the perspective of the accompanist.

watch the trailer here 


INgmar Bergman Through the Choreographer’s Eye by Fredrik Stattin
Saturday, April 14

3:00pm at Laemmle Santa Monica, $12

Sneak Peek

The renowned Swedish Choreographers Alexander Ekman, Pär Isberg, Pontus Lidberg and Joakim Stephenson, with principal dancers from the Royal Swedish Ballet, interpret Ingmar Bergman through four unique dance performances reflecting human relationships and the unspoken word transformed into movements. 

 with 22:22 by Charlotte Ginsborg


To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier — Program B
SAturday, April 14 

6:30pm at Santa Monica Pier, Free event, RSVP required


The Choreographer Mats Ek by Andreas Söderberg and Björn Eriksson

12:00pm at Laemmle Santa Monica, $12

How is the perfect sequence of steps formed? An intimate documentary about the internationally highly esteemed choreographer Mats EK. 

 with Morning Bird by Megan Lawson

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On Pointe by Tati Vogt

1:30pm at Laemmle Santa Monica, $12

Juliet Doherty stars as Paige, a young dancer trying to make it into San Francisco Ballet as she struggles to convince her mom to let her pursue her dream.

with SONDER by Anamaria Antoci


“Atomos” by Wayne McGregor and Ravi Deepres
SUNDAY, April 15 

3:00pm at Laemmle Santa Monica, $12

US Premiere

In Atomos, bodies, movement, film, sound and light are atomised into miniature shards of intense sensation. Taking creative points of departure from atomised film, music and biometric data, Wayne McGregor’s choreography is woven into an intense 70 minute film, performed by the incredible dancers of Company Wayne McGregor in his distinctive style — sculptural, rigorous, jarring and hauntingly beautiful.

with Black Stains by Tiffany Rhynard
watch the trailer for Black Stains here 


Sunday, APRIL 15 

6:30pm at Santa Monica Pier, Free event, RSVP required

Content by Arian Soheili, Sam Morrison, Samuel Navarrete, Jorgen Bodesand, Jason Travis, Ravi Deepres

This event is supported in part by the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Arts Commission, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts.