DANCE: Swedish film and live performance captures at the SF Dance Film Festival

San Francisco Dance Film Festival presents the Swedish film Juliet Juliet & Juliet and the live performance capture films of Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman’s A Swan Lake and Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Juliet Juliet & Juliet
Opening Night
Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 pm

Among the short international dance films screened on opening night of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival is the Swedish film Juliet Juliet & Juliet by Giovanni Bucchieri featuring the legendary artists Ana Laguna and Stina Ekblad. 

"Dance super star Ana Laguna and acting legend Stina Ekblad meet with dancer, choreographer and director Giovanni Bucchieri in this expressive story about an unexpected meeting."

Giovanni Bucchieri is a former dancer with the Royal Swedish Ballet and Cullberg Ballet as well as having enjoyed an extensive freelance career where he among other things performed in Mats Ek's productions at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. He has choreographed ballets for among others the Royal Swedish Ballet at the Stockholm Royal Opera House. He is also an accomplished musician with past bands Evolver and Sisters. This is Giovanni's first short dance film and he is currently working on writing and directing his first full length feature film. Juliet Juliet & Juliet premiered to great acclaim this past February in Sweden. 

When: Thursday, October 19 at 7:30 pm
Where:
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
For tickets and more information: http://www.sfdancefilmfest.org/2017-schedule/opening-night-2017/

Midsummer Night’s Dream
Saturday, October 21 at 3:15 pm

A powerful contemporary piece by Alexander Ekman that explores the energy and the mysteries conjured up by the summer solstice. This vast and ambitious project is danced by the Royal Swedish Ballet and set to music by Mikael Karlsson.

Alexander Ekman is Sweden's most internationally successful and sought after choreographer today. He has created ballets for several of the world’s leading ballet and contemporary dance companies. Ekman's Midsummer Night's Dream is created for the Royal Swedish Ballet and its entire run at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm was sold out. A comical take on the Swedish Midsummer it's greatly acclaimed by critics and audience alike. The San Francisco Dance Film Festival is showing the entire performance for the first time outside Sweden in its live performance capture.

Short trailer (also featuring other works): https://vimeo.com/236469793.

When: Saturday, October 21 at 3:15 pm
Where:
Variety Preview Room, 582 Market Street, Suite 101, San Francisco, CA 94104
For tickets and more information: For these live performance captures, the SFDFF is kindly offering a 20% discount on the ticket price. Please use the exclusive promo code for 20% off tickets: F17Ekman20.

Buy tickets here: http://www.sfdancefilmfest.org/live-performance-capture/


Swan Lake
Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 pm

As a follow-up to Rare Birds (USA/Norway, 2014) by director T.M. Rives, the Festival’s popular 2015 award winner for Best Documentary that took audiences deep into the process behind Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman’s wild and elaborate production of “A Swan Lake”, SFDFF presents a vibrant capture of the full finished stage work. Never before seen in San Francisco, A Swan Lake has become a sensation in Europe, nominated for the 2014 Prix Benois de la Danse.

Alexander Ekman’s "A Swan Lake" is a contemporary and ingenious take on the most famous and beloved of all classical ballets. It was created for the Norwegian National Ballet and has been a huge success with critics and audiences alike. The famous second act sees the swans dance on a stage filled with water, creating spectacular effects. 

Short trailer (also featuring other works):  https://vimeo.com/236469793.

When: Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 pm
Where: Variety Preview Room, 582 Market Street, Suite 101, San Francisco, CA 94104
For tickets and more information: For these live performance captures, the SFDFF is kindly offering a 20% discount on the ticket price. Please use the exclusive promo code for 20% off tickets: F17Ekman20. 
Buy tickets here: http://www.sfdancefilmfest.org/live-performance-capture/

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