BodyVox presents...

its fifth annual Contact Dance Film Festival this April, available to stream starting April 30. The 4 day festival features three different programs, showcasing award-winning collaborations between filmmakers, dancers, and choreographers from around the world.



Dancing Over Borders
Various dir.
BodyVox Artistic Director Jamey Hampton has curated a collection from previous festivals into a program of Audience Favorites and the Greatest Hits. This program celebrates fresh emerging voices as well as seasoned artists speaking with authority through film. Dancing Over Borders will include "This is Africa" (Matthieu Munier-Rossi), "Islander" (Derek Pedros), "Persecuta" (Lombard Twins), and "Maze" (Tony Currie).

Various dir.
The Ohio State Department of Dance has curated a second collection of short films, DANCE@30FPS, which includes the films "Sculpt the Motion" (Devis Venturelli), "Concrete Kisses" (Eloïse Mavronicholas), "Porcelain" (Roswitha Chester), and "Tremble" (Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple). 

A special addition to DANCE@30FPS
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

Longtime BodyVox filmmaker collaborator Mitchell Rose is offering a webinar on an introduction to dance-film, about how dance-film requires shedding old dance-thinking.  Snacks not provided.

Mitchell Rose is a professor of dance-filmmaking at Ohio State University. He is the winner of 95 festival awards. The New York Times called him: "A rare and wonderful talent." The Washington Post wrote that his work was “in the tradition of Chaplin, Keaton, and Tati—funny and sad and more than the sum of both.”


Feature Film:
Creative Domain

Creative Domain is a rare in-depth documentation of how Paul Taylor creates a single dance. “Unlike many dance documentaries, “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain” doesn’t fetishize every aspect of the dancer’s day. It zeroes in on a mystery.The mystery is how Taylor, one of the greatest modern-dance choreographers, uses a simple formula of people plus time to make a work of art that pulls you in like an undertow. – Sarah Kaufman, The Washington Post

About The Contact Dance Film Festival

Our festival was founded to support and promote new independent short dance films and feature length dance films from around the world. We aim to provide exposure to these films and organize three programs of phenomenal dance cinematography, reflecting the diversity within the dance film genre. We showcase films that exude an originality and mission from filmmakers representing a broad spectrum of the art of dance.

The Contact Dance Film Festival occurs once a year as part of the BodyVox season.

BodyVox is an internationally touring contemporary dance company based in Portland, Oregon that has made numerous short films, winning multiple international awards




Artistic Director
Jamey Hampton