U.Dance On Screen: Film Evening at Babylon Gallery

This programme showcases some of the best dance for the camera made by or with young people from across the UK.

A collection of dance films, made by or with young people. Each film is less than 7 minutes and showcases the sublime and extraordinary world of dance for the camera. Suitable for 12+ yrs.

Selected for the national youth dance festival (U.Dance 2019) by a youth panel, this programme showcases some of the best dance for the camera made by or with children and young people from across the UK.



Nevertheless She Persisted (3mins 14secs)

"For International Women's Day Liv Lorent reworked Nevertheless She Persisted as a filmed solo for our apprentice dancer Jordaine Lincoln. "This piece was brought from the privilege of working with the 3rd Year BA (Hons) Dance students at Dance City, who are all young millennial women aged 19-20. This choreography and content evolved from working with them and the shared experiences I had with them, even though they were less than half my age. The joy of having a 19 year old apprentice in the company meant that Jordaine felt like the right person to carry this choreography." Liv Lorent


Emily Cheung

Pas De Deux (4mins 46sec)

"The story of a dancer who has recently been involved in a car accident. We follow her journey through accepting her disability, and we enter her mind through a beautiful dance sequence which incorporates the art of wheelchair dance, as she recalls the memory of herself dancing which has now been corrupted with the memory of the accident. We enter our protagonists mind through a beautiful dance sequence which incorporates the art of wheelchair dance, as she recalls the memory of herself dancing which has now been corrupted with the memory of the accident…."


Karen Bartholomew

TELLTALE (4 mins 44 secs)

Telling stories, telling secrets, telling tales. What can we say when we don’t communicate with words and how can we say it? TELLTALE is a screen dance film set in the beautiful location of Leeds Central Library. Supported with funding from Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council.


Next Door Dance

The Grandest of Stages (5 mins 30secs)

Created by Next door Dance in collaboration with 213 community performers from across Nottinghamshire. The Grandest of Stages is a beautiful tribute to football and its fans.


Charlotte Edmonds (see photo above, taken by Zac Macaulay)

Sink or Swim (5 mins)

"Sink or Swim is a poetic depiction of depression through underwater ballet. Delving into the mind of someone in the depths of depression battling to keep their head above water. Based upon a self-portrait of the artist Ian Cumberland submerged in a bathtub fully clothed. Never before has a principal dancer been filmed dancing underwater. This unprecedented vision features Francesca Hayward (Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet). Choreographed by Charlotte Edmonds, directed by the emerging filmmaker Louis-Jack and set to an original score by the acclaimed composer Matt Dunkley. Through the medium of dance the film hopes to raise awareness and understanding of depression in a compelling new way."


Johnny Autin

A Posi+ive Life - Man Made Youth Company (1Min 38 Secs)

"An exploration of dance movement and spoken word performance from members of Black Country/Birmingham based youth initiative, Man Made Youth Company. The diverse young performers explore themes of identity, self-love and body image. Identifying the connections between text and movement, and supporting each others' abilities."


B&NES Youth Dance Company

Explore. Play. Imagine. (6mins 48secs)

9 dancers, 1 site, 5 days, 10 hours to explore, play and create. Our dancers imagined spaces, explored spaces and played with space to create this film celebrating the freedom and creativity found in play.


Niamh Abraham

Clashing (3mins 25 Secs)

This dance film looks at the opposing formats of uplift and melancholy taken from the song ‘Manea’. The piece explores our response to the sound as well as environments which contradicted each other.


Luke Rainford

REFRACTION (3mins 58 Secs)

"REFRACTION" is a zero budget dance short film that was created in the early months of 2019 by Luke Rainford and Alexander Love. Filmed near a small Nottinghamshire river, inspired by both the song 'River' by Ibeyi alongside visual animations - the combination of the music and visual effects brought together a fusion of excellence. Exploring the cross over between technology and nature, "Refraction" looks at the creation and destruction of shapes within landscapes and the body - it teases at the development of freedom within the body; an idea continually developing over time. We hope you were inspired.


Sima Gonsai

Unravelled (4mins 43Secs)

"Screen Dance Co-lab funded by Arts Council England, in partnership with THSH and ACE Dance and Music is a five-day intensive summer programme collaborating dance, film and music delivered. The programme involved twenty-two young artists between 16-22yrs and provided practical skills in choreography for the camera, film composition and artistic filmmaking. The film “Unravelled” explores themes of “escaping the spotlight” and combines an original music score, choreography for the camera, spoken word and cinematography recorded simultaneously in a site specific space."


Freya Ahern

Heat (2mins 47Secs)

Inspired by Nitin Sawhney's track, Homeland, the film is an exploration of the effects of heat on movement. The fragmented nature of the film highlights frustartions that occur when we are positioned in climates that do not feel comfortable to us. Heat can either relax us, or break us.


Angharad Harrop (on behalf of Ysgol Aberconwy)

After After Image (2mins 53Secs)

Students from Ysgol Aberconwy, North Wales worked in collaboration with Angharad Harrop National Dance Company Wales’ Dance Ambassador, to create this dance film in response to their Awakening Tour 2019. They drew ideas of image and movement from Fernando Melo’s After Image and Caroline Finn’s Revellers’ Mass.


James Bamford

A Tribute... Found Tonight (3mins 34secs)

In response to the American Schools mass shootings, Ben Platt and Lin Manuel Miranda created a charity track, 'march for our lives'. Inspired and touched by the music, James reached out to Cosmo to share his vision of a dance music video to support the movement.

Total run time approx 1 hour.


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