DDF News — 8 Nov 2022

Dublin Dance Festival presents DDF DIGITAL 2022

Dublin Dance Festival presents DDF DIGITAL 2022

A unique quartet of films from world class dance artists available online 17-30 November 2022

As winter draws in, Dublin Dance Festival is presenting DDF Digital 2022, a unique quartet of films from world-class dance artists, available online 17-30 November, offering audiences intimate, unparalleled access to incredible dance works and their creators. This enticing mini collection of compelling dance films includes two moving & evocative stage performances, a surreal dance short set in Belfast, and a documentary that gives a rare glimpse into the creation process of a contemporary dance icon.

Identity, sexuality, love, and gender take centre stage in Baby Don’t Hurt Me from Nederlands Dans Theater, one of the world’s most renowned contemporary dance companies. Two of the most exciting and sought-after new choreographers, brother and sister duo Marne and Imre van Opstal, ask themselves an overriding question: "What is love?", creating an impassioned piece with moving monologues and striking movement. DDF Digital audiences will enjoy unique access to this filmed performance for 72 hours only, 17-20 November.

Franchir La Nuit (Crossing the Night) by Rachid Ouramdane is a deeply moving dance work exploring the lived experience of refugee children. Performing on a stage covered in water, a group of children joined by professional dancers echo the tragic Mediterranean crossings so many are forced to make. Franchir La Nuit is a culmination of a project exploring the perspective of migrant children from Ouramdane, who has long been fascinated with the concepts of uprootedness, difference, and distant lands.

© Rahi Rezvani
© Rahi Rezvani
© Rahi Rezvani
© Rahi Rezvani
© Patrick Imbert
© Patrick Imbert
© Patrick Imbert
© Patrick Imbert

Visceral movement from choreographer and DDF Artist in Residence Oona Doherty combines with Luca Truffarelli’s vivid cinematography in Hunter, a powerful take on urban decay, working-class masculinity, and organised religion. Doherty translates her critically acclaimed work, Hope Hunt & The Ascension into Lazarus, into a surreal and unnerving film set in her native Belfast, centering around the chaotic intensity of a car crash. Layered with poetry and music from Strength NIA, the journey is bookended by two dreamlike solo performances from Ryan O’Neill and Sati Veyrunes.

Completing the quartet of DDF Digital’s films is Mitten, a documentary that takes us behind the scenes with an icon of contemporary dance, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who has presented work as part of several DDF Editions, most recently Rosas danst Rosas in 2019. Directed by Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes, this film follows cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, De Keersmaeker and her company during the final weeks of the creation of Mitten wir im Leben sind, offering a fascinating insight into the meticulous working process of this world-renowned artist.

© Olivia Rochette & Gerard Jan Claes
© Olivia Rochette & Gerard Jan Claes
© Olivia Rochette & Gerard Jan Claes
© Olivia Rochette & Gerard Jan Claes
© Luca Truffarelli
© Luca Truffarelli
© Luca Truffarelli
© Luca Truffarelli

Jazmin Chiodi, Artistic Director, Dublin Dance Festival says of DDF Digital 2022, "By bringing together this collection of films, I am delighted that we can offer our audiences another opportunity to get closer to exceptional dance works and artists. We hope this digital approach can create a unique moment of experience that will inspire us to consider how we can connect with dance and what it has to convey, as we approach the end of 2022."

DDF Digital 2022 runs from 17 – 30 November. All screenings are free of charge but must be booked in advance. Baby Don’t Hurt Me from Nederlands Dans Theater will be available to DDF Digital audiences for three days only, 17 – 20 November. The other three films in the DDF Digital 2022 collection will be available to view for the entire period of 17 – 30 November.

View the full line up and book tickets HERE.