If you’re a dancer, you’re likely familiar with LuneAseas, previously known as Six Degrees Dance Collaborative. If you’re not, a quick visit to the website instantly grabs your attention.
Creation — Performance — Education
For anyone interested in the arts, those three words are pretty important. But LuneAseas goes on to describe its vision, one that seems particularly relevant in this moment of COVID-19 and social justice. “We incubate, create, and perform with different platforms of artistic mediums…while provoking conversations on social issues relevant in today’s world.” The company goes on to use rich words such as “harmony,” “collaboration,” “expand,” “immerse” and “diversify.”
All of these aspirations seem to be wrapped up in LuneAseas upcoming Silent Film Festival, which will be streamed August 21-28. The festival will pair more than 15 short films by dancers, musicians, circus performers and filmmakers from Colorado and across the U.S. with local or independent musicians to create a musical backdrop for each film.
Additionally, audiences will enjoy a shadow performance from LuneAseas, a shadow creation booth and interactive movement games.
“Our goal for these performances is to reach out to audiences in Colorado and across the country,” said director Leah Casper. “LuneAseas wants to show people that the independent performance community is thriving even in challenging times.”
The festival will debut new films by Denver artists Sarah Tallman of Wonderbound and In the Wings. It also will include new works by Krystal Butler of Pilobolus, Jade Primicas of MOMIX, Andie Mock of the Dancing Ear, Emma Kimball, Spectra Circus Entertainment, aminibigcircus, Six Degrees Dance, Front Range Contemporary Ballet, Dance Express, and more. Music collaborations will feature music collaborations with the Chimney Choir Rhythm Train, Russick Smith, Dave Heumann of Arbouretum, LuneAseas members, Rae McAlister, Graham Miller of the Dead Jam House Band, Shane Burke, and more.
The Silent Film Festival runs August 21-28 and will be streamed online. Each evening begins at 7:30pm and tickets are $10. Additionally, the festival kicks off with the option to attend a socially-distanced launch viewing at Lyric Cinema’s outdoor theatre on August 21 at 7pm for $25.