Presented as a part of Game Changers, curated by Tracie Mitchell for Dance (Lens)
Necessary Games explores human intimacy, connection and the games we play. Using idiosyncratic movement and compelling interactions, this award-winning triptych of dance films is a unique collaboration between Restless Dance Theatre and Closer Productions. Awards include Best Short at the Melbourne International Film Festival and Best Short Experimental at the Brooklyn International Film Festival.
The screening will be followed by an interview between Tracie Mitchell and Director Sophie Hyde
Director: Sophie Hyde
Direction and Choreography: Paul Zivkovich (Moths), Kat Worth (Sixteen) and Tuula Roppola (Necessity)
The Dance (Lens) series highlights outstanding Dance Films from Australia and internationally with artist Q&As.
Like dance, film is conveyed in time. A time which can be manipulated, accelerated, stopped and rewound at will. On-screen narratives are produced by the rhythmic combination of takes, jump-cuts, wipes, fade-ins and fade-outs — where the camera itself becomes a choreographic tool that extends beyond the physical boundaries of the body and the stage.
Dance (Lens) explores the embodiment and disembodiment of dance, speculative stages, screening history and the communal dance of watching from the other side of the screen.
Restless Dance Theatre, led by Artistic Director Michelle Ryan, creates high quality real, raw and uninhibited dance theatre. It is Australia’s leading dance theatre company working with people with and without disability to collaboratively create outstanding inclusive dance theatre informed by disability. The company presents unexpectedly real dance theatre works in multiple mediums to diverse audiences. Restless has mounted 33 major productions to widespread critical acclaim and conducted 27 major community workshop programs. The company has also produced highly acclaimed film works.Restless artists enliven and diversify Australian dance. The dancers create original and remarkable work that extends the definition of what dance is.
Sophie Hyde is a founding member of the film collective Closer. Her feature documentaries include the award winning Life in Movement (producer/co-director) — a film about Tanja Liedtke admired dancer, choreographer and first new artistic director of Sydney Dance Company in 30 years. However before she could take up the position, she was struck and killed by a truck in the middle of the night. Sophie’s debut feature drama 52 Tuesdays (director/producer/co-writer) won the directing award at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. She directed and produced the Australian/Irish co-production Animals starring Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat, which premiered in Sundance 2019 and won a BIFA for Best Debut Screenplay. She created, produced and directed episodic series F*!#ing Adelaide, which premiered in competition at Series Mania and screened on ABC Australia. She created, produced and directed episode 4 of the series The Hunting, which won two Australian Academy Awards for Best Screenplay in Television and Best Supporting Actor for Richard Roxburgh. Commissioned by SBS, it has become their highest rated commissioned program.