Alice Sheppard: Where Good Souls Fear

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Premiere of short film:Where Good Souls Fear

Peek into the world of disabled dancer and choreographer Alice Sheppard and get unique insight into the development of the dance work Where Good Souls Fear, ahead of the live performance of the full work in LDIF21.

Featuring gritty VR footage from New York City streets and subways and beautifully-lit performance excerpts, this 11-minute dance and documentary short by filmmaker Dahkil Hausif follows Sheppard as she cuts a pathway from street to stage and back, exploring her approach to choreography and disability arts along the way.

This digital screening is part of Alternative LDIF, a digital festival of international dance. All events will be online and available to view for 24 hours from the listed start time.

Where Good Souls Fear is available with and without Audio Description and with and without Open Captions, BSL, and ASL interpretation. Transcript available.

About Alice: Award-winning choreographer, Alice Sheppard, creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture and history, Alice attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race by exploring the societal and cultural significance of difference. Where Good Souls Fear is an investigation of colonial excess, provoking questions about who or what is too much. Ranging from spoken memories of growing up to lyrical floorwork to an explosion of furious movement, Good Souls challenges our notions of propriety for queer, Black, disabled women.

About Dahkil: Dahkil Hausif lives to empower himself and others through the passion of storytelling. Hausif utilizes his modern-day griot skills in the realms of film editing, writing, directing and professional voice-over work. For over 20 years he has been using his talents to craft stories that are often not told in the modern media, while also achieving success in the commercial world. As a film editor, he has cut commercials for Pepsi, Verizon, Beats, Bvlgari, ESPN and GMC. As a writer and director, Hausif’s work has aired on HBO and BET. He has also voiced work for MSNBC, Canon, Howard Stern, and for ESPN’s 30 for 30 commercials.

This event is part of Alternative LDIF20, a digital festival of international dance. This content will be available, free of charge, for 24 hours from the advertised start time. Want it longer? For a minimum donation of £10, you can purchase a Festival Pass, giving you unlimited access to all festival content until 11.59pm (BST) on Sunday 31 May 2020.

If you would like to support Serendipity and LDIF, please consider making a donation: https://paypal.me/AlternativeLDIF20

Image description: Dancer Alice Sheppard, balances on her hands, arms straight, and on a pair of silver crutches, lifting her lower body and wheelchair high. Alice’s head is tucked and her short curly hair peaks out from behind her strong arms. She is wearing a shimmery gold bodysuit. She is set against a black background and light reflects off her costume, chair, and crutches.

Image Credit: Mengwen Cao.

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