Watch Over 50 Dance Films for Free This Week

Plus join a virtual dance party with DJ sets by Emel and Samantha Nicole.

L: Curing Albrecht by Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple; R: Elementos by Madge Reyes
PHOTO BY Fifth Wall Fest

( Dance has many forms—from the classic ballet with dancers in tutus to street dance and its amazing footwork. These performances tell a myriad of stories best relayed through a complex mix of movements and carefully laden out music. Fifth Wall Fest, the Philippines' first international dance film festival, takes things a bit further by celebrating "dance on camera" from October 7 to 11. Over 50 dance films are included in the roster, and you can watch them for free online.

Unlike the usual dance performances, these clips combine the power of cinematography, vibrant colors, chosen location, costume, and choreography to drive across a message. The lineup includes documentaries about dancers, short films about the quarantine life, and other experimental shots celebrating dance.

It features five collections: On Tour, which is a curated list of dance films from aroun the globe; Pinoy, which includes creations by Filipino artists here and abroad; Movement in Focus, which focuses on the language of movement beyond dance; World Ballet Day, a celebration of the classic dance and its impact on the world; and Competition, a showcase of the award-winning entries on the craft of dance filmmaking. 


Some of the Filipino-made films you can watch are: Patricia Rivera's What Happened to You, Arna?, starring Pokwang and Zeus Collins; Madge Reyes' Elementos, which is a dance film remake of the 2015 Philippine Dance Cup gold medalist piece Waterfalls; and Gerard Hechanova III's Sa Silong, which looks into the stories of less-privileged communities through dance.

You can also attend roundtable discussions about the art of street dancing and making documentaries, a virtual class on ballet, and even an online dance party featuring DJ sets by Emel and Samantha Nicole of UNKNWN happening today, October 7 at 9 p.m.

Fifth Wall Fest runs from October 7 to 11. For more information visit Fifth Wall Fest's website.

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