The Contact Dance International Film Festival (CDIFF) celebrates films featuring momentum-based dance by creators and dancers in the field of Contact Improvisation and related dance forms that are also momentum, touch, or relationally based. " It provides a unique opportunity for both film and dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos, and intimacy of human connection through physical movement. The Festival is presenting its sixth season from June 8 to 10, 2023 online Eventive Platform and in person at Beach United Church (Wheelchair accessible) and Fox Cinema (partially wheelchair accessible.. they have ramps but do not have a wheelchair-accessible washroom).
Contact Improvisation is a style of dance that cannot always be clearly defined. Rather, its ambiguity and adaptability are often seen as one of its greatest attributes.
This is Kathleen Rea's definition of Contact Improvisation:
REAson d'etre dance produces CDIFF. REAson detre dance strives to provide artistic expression through movement, inclusive of age, ability, and level background. We stage and program works based on Contact Improvisation enabling us to utilize the inclusiveness that can be a part of this dance form. Our vision is for both professional dancers and everyday people to be inspired and invigorated by Contact Improvisation. This mandate involves initiatives that work to dismantle racism and ablism and other "isms" as their existence hinders us in achieving our mandate. We are committed to examining the art form of contact improvisation and acknowledging its history of inequity, ablism, and racism. We strive to engage in a continuing process of educating ourselves and acting for change.
We believe that increasing accessibility breaks down barriers to dance, creating stunning humanity that is the heart of the artistic aesthetic we reach for.
Our contact dance jams are the root from which all our programming grows. Our jams are a mix of performance, research, rehearsal, and incubator. A musician improvises, sweeping dancers into explorations of different themes. We believe teaming Contact Dance with exceptional live music deepens the form. The jams build community. It's about relationships, with the quality of communication being the aesthetic measure.
Classes in functional movement help Contact Dancers move with ease and prevent injury. We see healthy movement as beautiful and reach for it as an artistic aesthetic.