The dance festival is taking place at the Sudbury Indie Cinema this month


Discover “Dance Onscreen” from November 17 to 20

Dance fans may want to catch a new dance film festival taking place at the Sudbury Indie Cinema from November 17-20.

The Dance Onscreen festival is organized by branch collectivea non-profit group focused on developing and sustaining the dance community in Northern Ontario.

The first of its kind in Sudbury, Dance Onscreen is a dance film festival that brings together works from across the country in one theater.

The festival begins on Thursday, November 17 with the screening of a Cabaret (1972) feature film.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Cabaret is a film that mixes serious social issues with the bohemian lives of live performers in Berlin during the Weimar Republic.

The film holds 40 international awards, including eight Oscars. Cabaret will be screened at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a festival launch party at the Sudbury Indie Cinema.

On Friday, November 18, the “Local Commissions” program will be screened at 7 p.m. This showcase features films created by local artists as part of a Branch Collective-led project called The Northern Dance Film Initiative.

The NDFI brought together local choreographers, musicians and filmmakers to form creative teams from August to October this year. The teams worked together to collaboratively create new works; dance films made by artists who live in northern Ontario, in northern Ontario.

“I am so thrilled to share such innovative and interesting dance films from across Canada with Sudbury next weekend,” said festival producer Mikaela Demers.

“But I am especially thrilled to share the work of the Sudbury dancers, musicians and filmmakers who have collaborated to create six unique dance films that will be shared for the first time at Dance Onscreen. A total of 25 different local artists participated in this process.

The youth program will be screened on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m., bringing together works created by the next generation of artists, aged 15 to 25, from across the country in one program. The screening is preceded by a community café held in Kuppajoe, creating a space for artists and audience members to come together and make personal connections.

The Ontario Showcase takes place November 20 at 12 p.m., bringing together artists from Northern and Southern Ontario, followed by the “Canadian Open” program at 2 p.m., featuring choreographers and filmmakers from across the country.

That morning, Winnipeg filmmaker Leigh Lugosi will host the making of a real-time dance film. Their Spontaneous Art Creation Workshop is open for free to all local artists and participants at 9:30 am, hosted at the Sudbury School of Dance.

Screening dates and times:

  • Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 – 6:30 p.m. – Cabaret, 50th Anniversary remastered version.
  • Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 – 7 p.m. – Local committees
  • Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 – 3:30 p.m. – Youth program
  • Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 – 12 p.m. – Ontario Showcase
  • Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 – 2 p.m. – Canadian Open

All screenings take place at the Sudbury Indie Cinema. Tickets and more information available here.


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