Screendance Series: Video Art

Available Fri 11 June, 12:00 to Sun 13 June, 23:59

A series of UK & International screendance films created using striking visuals, animation, expression and effects.


LIQUID PATH by Filomena Rusciano

Wearing a dress of courage, a migrant’s hope floats restlessly in the sea like a message crammed in a bottle, floating randomly. 


LIQUID PATH (2013) is Rusciano’s first screendance film, a tribute to migrants crossing the Mediterranean on makeshift boats on an uncertain journey. The emotional tension is enhanced by illustrations by artist Rinedda, and music by Paolo Barone.

The film was in 2021 Winner BEST VIDEODANCE- Festival VideoDance (Brazil)

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Suitable for: all ages

Country: Italy

Running time: 4 mins

Erêkauã by Estranha Força

Cartaz by Paulo Accioly, Dodo


Kauã dances on the hill like a boy hawk.

A short experimental, animation and dance video, made during a residency at Casa Amarela, located in Morro da Providência (RJ).  Directed by Paulo Accioly, Dodo

Country: Brazil

Running time: 1 min

Suitable for: all ages

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Line 0 by East China Normal University

Line 0
Mingxuan Fan

In recent years, Japanese office workers created a new expression “social animal” in self-mockery, describing how they feel like animals at work, used as tools, repeating the same unimportant actions day after soulless day.  

Line 0 reflects the idea of human beings as tools, comparing the drudgery of boring work to an industrial production line, leading to a repetitive and monotonous life. Zero represents this psychological state of nothing, without a sense of achievement and satisfaction. The sense of emptiness could be overwhelming except for the opportunity once work is over to get a little breathing space through our dreams and fantasies. 

Suitable for: all ages

Country: China

Running time: 5 mins


WIL NIGHT (el año de la rata) by arteNÒMADA

Christian Weber
Christian Weber

Living with many different alter egos since being a child, the pandemic in 2020 detonated the necessary atmosphere to create this film and let these facets reveal themselves to the public.  Directed by Christian Weber.  Featuring Choreographer and Performance Artist Dalel Bacre

Suitable for: all ages

Country: USA

Running time: 3 mins

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We Are Ready Now by Jack Thomson

Photo Still

Bodies navigate and self organise as they run alone but dance together. The competitive landscape is overwhelmed by public and personal spaces. Actions act as the only markers in time, as they are reduced to noticeable and forgettable images. Where are we in this moment? Individuals unknowingly connected through unseen templates of social dynamic, captured in the container of the now.

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Suitable for: all ages

Country: UK

Running time: 1 min

Establet ‘Pandemic’ Ballet by Compañía Helena

Created in the context of the pandemic, this film is based on the play “Ballet Establet”, produced and premiered at the FIBA International Festival of Buenos Aires in January 2020. Using technology as a tool to duplicate, interrogate and question identity and the physicality of dance, the work is also a story about the problems, journeys and dreams of three dancers in the Republic of Argentina.

Establet Ballet
El pájaro films 

In this short fiction documentary, the dancers return to the spirit and passages of the original work, where the questions and scenes are given new significance and updated, as the post Covid normality imposes a new space-time dimension.  The artists slowly find ways to cooperate, interact and explore a new city and natural settings to continue creating and revitalizing themselves.

Suitable for: all ages

Country: Argentina

Running time: 14 mins

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BIDF TV is a new streaming service for dance films and live streams created by the Birmingham International Dance Festival and ZOO.

You can contact one of our digital ushers on +441432 265 389 or if you’re experiencing any technical difficulties.

You will be able to watch films and live streams on any device with a good internet connection, such as a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Livestreamed shows can be watched on the livestream page. You can find out what time shows will be live-streamed by checking the BIDF TV programme. Streaming times are always given in British Summer Time (BST).

You can buy a ticket on the ticket booking page. The piece will be live-streamed on 13 June at 7.30pm BST, 8.30pm BST and 9.30pm BST.

You’ll need to make an account in order to buy a ticket, which you will be prompted to do during purchase. If you’d like to know more information, head to our ticket provider’s support page.

No – you don’t need to make an account or sign up to anything to watch BIDF TV content.

The only exception is Birmingham Royal Ballet’s City of a Thousand Trades, which is the only ticketed event in the festival. Head to the ticket booking page to buy a ticket.

Yes – you can watch from anywhere with a good internet connection. If you want to watch a livestream, be aware that performance times are given in local time, currently British Summer Time (BST). You will need to check what time this is in your time zone if you’re watching from outside the UK.

Films will be available from the moment they’re uploaded onto BIDF TV live-streamed shows will only be available within the times stated, other content will be available for all the days of the festival 3 – 13 June.

All BIDF films and livestreams are free to access, with the exception of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s City of a Thousand Trades. If you’d like to donate to the Birmingham International Dance Festival, you can do so via the donate button which will take you to the BIDF donation portal.

Even though this year’s festival is happening online, creating filmed dance is as costly as producing dance in-person, so we’d be grateful if you could consider donating what you might normally spend on a theatre ticket.

Live-streamed shows will appear under the category ‘Livestream’. You can view information about the next upcoming live-streamed performance here.

The answer is yes – if you have a smart TV, Chromecast, FireStick, Apple TV or Roku.

On a smart TV, open your smart TV’s integrated internet browser and type in

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There are content warnings available in a drop-down box under each video. They may contain spoilers.

All films and live-streams as part of BIDF TV have been produced in line with government guidance, including:

  • Keeping the number of people working together in-person to a minimum
  • Regular COVID-19 testing
  • Adhering to social distancing
  • Rehearsing and performing in large, ventilated spaces
  • Wearing face coverings whenever possible
  • Frequent hand washing, sanitising and cleaning

Key Information

Please note, this showing is in British Summer Time (BST).



This event will be screened via BIDF TV our online screening platform.
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