SFDFF Co-Lab 2017

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Oct Screening Dates TBD


The 5th anniversary of the collaborative program pairs local professional choreographers and filmmakers to create short dance films for the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. RAWdance’s artistic directors/choreographers Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith will collaborate with filmmaker Shelley Lewis whose short films and commercials have garnered numerous awards. The second team of “Co-Lab” artists will pair the risk averse choreographer Robert Dekkers, founder and artistic director of Post:Ballet with commercial and music video director Marta Dymek.


These artists will soon meet for the first time and be challenged to create their short dance films in just three days on location in San Francisco this September. The two original interdisciplinary works for the screen will be premiered on the closing night of the fall festival at the Brava Theater Center. Ticketing info coming soon.



The Co-Laboratory is a unique collaboration between two teams of choreographers and filmmakers who will create two short dance films in a week, shortly before the annual fall festival. The intention is not to create the perfect film, but to bring professional artists into the atmosphere of a laboratory, one that challenges them to think collaboratively and explore possibilities for expression outside their fields, hopefully inspiring future creative relationships among local artists. To learn more, watch the behind-the-scenes video below, filmed during the project’s first year.

Funded in part by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the Fleishhacker Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Co-Laboratory is an annual event to inspire and support local artists of different disciplines to collaboratively create dance films for local and global audiences.

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October Dates and Ticketing coming soon.


Brava Theater Center 

2781 24th St,
San Francisco, CA 94110