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In/Motion is in Full Force for its 5th Anniversary

In/Motion is in Full Force for its 5th Anniversary

The In/Motion International Dance Film Festival never disappoints to bring groundbreaking art to Loyola and this year is better than ever. 

Determined to pack as much as it can into three days, In/Motion welcomes an incredible lineup of artists and events to the Loyola University Chicago campus.  Between screenings, dance classes, panels, and guest artist Shamel Pitts, there is something for every artist. 

Friday night starts off the weekend with the always popular International Juried Screening featuring dance film from all around the world.  This night is exemplary of the festival’s mission, which is dedicated to highlight interdisciplinary dance film with a social justice message 

The films selected range in style, genre, theme, representation, and more, yet are all similar in their desire to further dance using film. The lineup includes: My body is in Your Court - Paula Pardo Celaya and Yasmina G. GarabatoUnderground - Jun Bae, Screaming Shapes - Sophia Stoller, Dynamite - Leila JarmanPassage - David-Alexandre Chanel, Dergin Tokmak-Start Your Impossible - Adi HalfinLorelei - Christina Burchard, Counter//Balance - Anuradha Rana, and Hic et Nunc “Here and Now” - Emma Cianchi. 

Following through to Saturday are two events that lie at the heart of In/Motion.  The first, the Emerging Artists Showcase, features up-and-coming filmmakers who are breaking into the scene.  Their work is fresh, uninhibited, and surrounded by a sense of excitement.   

The lineup includes: Respira - Maria PivaThe Dance of Amal - Rami Al Rabih, Underbridge - Florent Schwartz, Maids - Sofía Castro, Saudade - Gerardo MS Aguilera and Claudia Franco, Unknown - Mandy Work Wetzel and Shannon Metelko, and Go - Robert Dekkers and Morgan Frasier. 

The complimentary event that afternoon, the Local Artists Showcase, looks to shine a light on the incredible work being done here in Chicago by the seasoned artists that call it home.  Moderated by Chicago Tribune Dance Critic Lauren Warnecke, the showcase delves deep into the works of Talia KoylassAJ McClenon, and Addison Wright. It creates an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes-look at how these professionals are responding to the world around them. 

The evening boasts Shamel Pitts’s Black Series. Pitts is a performing artist, dancemaker, and director, as well as a former Batsheva Dance Company member.  Originally from Brooklyn, but a dancer in Tel Aviv for over six years, Pitts brings to the screen not only his own stories of identity, but stories that reflect a greater sense of “heritage, ancestry, and struggle” (Evans). 

The Black Series includes Black Box: The Short Film by Aviv Maaravi, Black Velvet: Architectures and Archetypes, and Black Hole: Trilogy and Triathlon.   

The weekend is rounded out on Sunday with the Shamel Pitts three-part workshop. It consists of a dialogue on choreography for film, a gaga class open to all, and a guided creative process involving the workshop’s participants.  

Loyola’s Dance program is proud to host In/Motion year after year, and believes that the mission of the festival deeply aligns with the mission of Loyola. Each event strives to make dance more diverse, interdisciplinary, and inclusive, and hopes to inspire the arts community in Chicago. 

To learn more about the festival, see the schedule of events below or check out the official In/Motion website. To join in on this incredible event, buy your tickets or all-access pass today.  


                           Schedule of Events  
Friday International Juried Screening 7:30pm Damen Cinema
Saturday Emerging Artist Showcase 3:00pm Damen Cinema
  Local Artist Showcase 5:00pm Mundelein Rm 409
  Black Series Screening & Q&A with Shamel Pitts 7:30pm Damen Cinema
Sunday Shamel Pitts 3-Part Workshop 11:00am Mundelein Rm 409


Evans, B., & Bernard-Banton, J. (2017, March 02). Ten experimental filmmakers tackling the world's big topics. Retrieved from http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/34976/1/filmmakers-experimenting-with-big-subjects