Watch the new Midlands Made Films Commissioned by DanceXchange, and produced by Motion Dance Collective, there will be two major screendance films and six shorts that will receive their world premieres at the festival.
Don’t Play with L(Kn)ives by Brooke Milliner
Brooke Milliner is best known as the choreographer and lead dancer of Plague, winner of two Hip Hop International World Championship titles; and as Co-Director of Fiya House – the UK’s leading Popping collective. His new film ‘Don’t Play with L(Kn)ives’ is an original Hip Hop Screendance piece that explores knife crime in the UK. Bringing together some of the UK’s finest Hip Hop dancers, a live violinist & a spoken word artist. ‘Don’t Play with L(Kn)ives’ will shine a light on this taboo aspect of British culture – sharing untold stories to deliver a poignant message to young people.
Anywhere’s A Dance Floor by Jason Guest & Fatt Butcher
‘Anywhere’s A Dance Floor is a new collaboration between choreographer Jason Guest and drag artist & cultural producer Fatt Butcher.
Through celebrating the creativity, resilience, and fierce spirit of Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ nightlife community this new work is an invitation to the city to create their own dance floors anywhere and everywhere!
Aidan Yau, Shaq Shadare & Kadafi Mulula
Our city is Leicester. A place of diversity, culture, opportunity and leisure. Our project aims to show how these aspects of Leicester are able to create a community that’s essence develops individuals by introducing them to challenges and experiences that allow them not only to find who they are but un-become everything that they are not. Our story follows three individuals as they are drawn to the city and discover themselves through interaction with its community and the lessons it teaches.
My film will be a snapshot of my experience as a Deaf migrant to Birmingham from the Congo, fusing British Sign language and hip hop street dance and my love of football. Filming in three locations near my home in Perry Barr, juxtaposing the three ‘faces’ I know of Aston. Deaf people live under the radar – not noticed, understood or welcomed into ‘hearing’ spaces. I want to make this work to inspire other young Deaf people. I want to show that Deaf people can dance and should have a platform alongside hearing street and hip hop dancers.
This short film will capture snapshots of youth cultures from Birmingham’s past and present. Different styles of dance, music and fashion and the iconic venues that held them – from the Rum Runner to Snobs, from Punk to Hip Hop. Using interviews and real people’s experiences of growing up in Birmingham, it will celebrate youth culture and its collective response to the status quo.
I recount a journey I have taken many times along a heavily trodden section of Birmingham’s canal. My project is about a companionship, and ultimately a dance partnership, with a second-hand bike. In the face of hardship, despair or loneliness, we keep going. And in doing so, we find moments of beauty.
Action-packed, funny, filled with good historical information and with a wicked soundtrack, my film will be about what happens when our past selves meet our future selves. Filmed alongside Birmingham’s famous canals, we begin in the 1920s with a cast of characters uncertain about what the future holds. After travelling through a time machine tunnel, they meet their future selves and the dance battle begins.
My project will aim to show the behind the scenes of what it takes to capture that perfect take that is “Instagram worthy”. I want the resulting piece to be a comment on the toxic influences of social media on young dancers’ mental health during the lockdown and furthermore, a hopeful call for more transparency in our own processes.