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Dance.Focus is a dance film initiative by Dance Hub SA in partnership with Ausdance ACT and supported by Ausdance SA.

The commission is for creators with a track record in dance filmmaking and is designed to challenge, resonate and engage with screen dance.

All five new Australian dance films are available for viewing on demand below and on our YouTube channel.

Depart 222 by Axis (Jess Minas & Gem Ivens) (SA)

‘Depart 222’ advocates for equality and diversity amongst individuals and the way they think, act and exist. The work responds to ‘12 Rules for Life’ by Canadian philosopher and clinical psychologist, Jordan B.Peterson, and questions, repels and reacts to these teachings and rules.

Perspective by Wendy Nguyen (ACT)

The film perspective explores the multiverse theory through street dance movement, sound, and visual stimuli. More specifically, exploring the possibility of encountering another version of oneself and understanding what could have been, what might become, and what is.

Yield by Dianne Reid (SA)

‘Yield’ surveys dance and ageing for positive social impact. The concept of the project honours the legacy of the Eastwood group (at one time known as the Dancers Cooperative), a community of up to 18 mature dancers who have been sharing a weekly dance practice for about 30 years (mostly aged between 50–70).

Never Wear Yellow by Caroline De Wan (SA/ACT)

'Never Wear Yellow' is the story of a rodeo clown. Rodeo clowns, also known as bull fighters, exist in a world of laughter and danger. They have their own superstitions. The title comes from the superstition that bull riders and fighters should never wear yellow, put their hats on their beds or eat chicken on the days they ride, as it can bring bad luck.

'Son; Like Mother; Like Son' by Petra Szabo Heath (SA)

The study explores the connection and bond between mother and son as they learn from each other.

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Graphic: Felicity Arts Digital Still ‘Fleeting’ (2017). Performer Gala Moody

Dance.Focus is a dance film commission by Dance Hub SA in partnership with Ausdance ACT and supported by Ausdance SA and Torbrek Vinters. The commission is designed to challenge, resonate and engage with screen dance.

The commission is for four artists, two from South Australia and two from the ACT.  

Dance.Focus 2021 SA produced films, 'Whispers Down the Lane' by Chloe Moir and '(T)HERE' by Cinzia Schincariol have now premiered and are available for viewing.


 The Dance.Focus 2021 ACT produced film 'Streetlight' Directed & Created by Robert Aspinall has now premiered and is available for viewing. Rose Tinted Lens by Nathan Rutups was impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and did not premiere.

“Dance film is a distinct visual art form that expands what dance and choreography can be – beyond the limitations of the physical body in space and indeed, with or without, the virtual human body in motion”.

Amanda Phillips – Artistic Director, Dance Hub SA

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Streetlight by Rob Aspinall

(T)HERE by Cinzia Schincariol

Whispers Down the Lane by Chloe Moir

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