Dancing Queens Program| 2021 San Francisco Dance Film Festival at Brava

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Brava Theater Center

2781 24th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

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A dancing celebration of the LGBTQ+ community

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Celebrate queerness in all of its forms through these six shorts. Moving from the intimacy of partners’ embraces to the emphatic maximalism of vogue performance, these films recognize the challenges of existing beyond the binary but ultimately embrace difference as a force for pride and positive change.

Dancing Queens

7:00p | House Opens

7:30p | Program Begins

Runtime: 48 minutes

Program includes an exclusive live performance by Ballet22’s Roberto Vega Ortiz and Evan Ambrose, and a post-screening reception.

Please note: Online Ticket sales will end at 12:00pm day of the event but will be available for purchase at the door. Tickets purchased at the door will cost $1 additional per ticket.

I Just Wanna Dance

I Just Wanna Dance showcases the vitality and innovation of dancers from both the New York City and Los Angeles hustle scene.

Director: Amanda Beane

Choreographer: Abdiel Jacobsen and Shay Dixon

(USA, 2021) 5:00 min


To You My Love

To You My Love investigates the visual poetry of a love letter in movement.

Director: Olivia Gastaldo

Choreographer: Olivia Gastaldo

(USA, 2021) 4:55 min



Soar is a snapshot of the intersection between identity reclamation and expressive freedom that dance offers one young trans dancer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Director: Natalia Roberts

Choreographer: Sho Morikawa

(USA, 2021) 2:50 min



A meditation on interiority and the passage of time, Without turns its gaze inward to examine both the individual and coupled experience of isolation.

Director: Christian Squires and Robert Dekkers

Choreographer: Christian Squires and Robert Dekkers

(USA, 2020) 5:59 min



Oakland-based and gender-defying dance company Ballet 22 presents an excerpt from Carmen featuring Daniel R. Durrett.

Director: Roberto Vega Ortiz

Choreographer: Alberto Alonso

(United State, 2021) 3:53 min


Black Magic

An uplifting celebration of resiliency and strength, Black Magic documents a 2019 live performance created by Rashaad Newsome that has been “expanded” and activated with the use of motion tracking software and dazzling visual effects

Organized into three acts, the film explores trans women and their contributions to the vogue fem lexicon. The five elements of vogue fem: hands, catwalk, floor performance, spin dips, and duckwalking are explored along with how the marginalization of the Black queer community has led to systemic oppression, violence, and instability. Yet Black queer people resist, creating space for creativity, community, and joy. Newsome refers to this resistance as Black Magic.

The film’s choreography features performers vigorously flipping, swinging, twirling, and shaking their red, black, and green hair. As they “pass the beat,” Newsome visually depicts their energies and “souls” passing from one to another. Concurrently, Newsome maps the movement patterns of the dancers and transforms the collected data into drawings on a screen above the stage. Black Magic features an original score that is an amalgamation of several live performances, where the artist uses two Nintendo Wii’s to play and manipulate his score, while a gospel choir, Gregorian chants, live electronic music, live instrumentation, a vogue MC, and an opera singer collide, acting as an operating system to create a new visual and sonic reality.

Director: Rashaad Newsome

Choreographer: Rashaad Newsome, Omari Oricci Wiles

(USA, 2021) 25:00 min

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SFDFF continues to closely monitor current CDC health and safety guidelines.


All attendees regardless of age must wear masks at all times inside the theater when not eating or drinking.


Attendees will be required to show COVID-19 vaccination records and a valid photo ID during check in. To be considered fully vaccinated, attendees must have received their second dose of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines or the single dose vaccine at least 14 days before attending the screening event.

The following vaccination records will be accepted:

– A vaccination card, showing fully vaccinated status

– A photo of your vaccination card, showing fully vaccinated status

– A digital vaccine record, which you can easily access here if you got your vaccine in CA: myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov

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We recognize that many are facing unprecedented challenges and hardships and we hope our festival will offer a smile, a sense of hope, a provocative thought, inspiration or simply joy. Your ticket purchase and/or donation is crucial in supporting the SFDFF and its mission to present and support the artists whose creative works enrich us all.

Thank You! Proceeds support SFDFF at a time when we’ve been presented with significant challenges related to the pandemic. So, join us for these incredibly uplifting programs, and support SFDFF in the process.


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Please note: Tickets purchased at the door will cost $1 additional per ticket.

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Dance Film SF, presenter of San Francisco Dance Film Festival, is an international platform for the presentation and development of dance-based films, bringing dance to wider audiences through collaboration.

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