Films.Dance is a new groundbreaking series produced by Jacob Jonas The Company of 40 short films shot during the pandemic. Intersecting the mediums of dance, film, fashion and music, Films.Dance is all original work that engages a global creative community featuring more than 300 artists from 55 cities in 25 countries, some of whom include New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Sara Mearns, Grammy-award winning musicians Antonio Sanchez and Hilary Hahn, World renowned Choreographer and Dancer Desmond Richardson, filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Netflix’s Project Power), Award Winning Directors Kevin McGloughlin, Andre Bato, and Nur Casadevall, Alvin Ailey Resident Choreographer Jamar Roberts, and many more. 

Learn more and ask questions during the Artist Q&A live Dec 10 at 6:30 pm CT!

The Northrop program includes: 

Another Dance Film: A satire. Dancer, choreographer and filmmaker struggle to communicate and make a "good dance film" without rehearsal time and during quarantine. 

Edging Normal: A metaphorical tale of a man’s struggle in letting go of his past in order to feel completely free - we find our protagonist, portrayed by Desmond Richardson, stuck in a limbo-like cycle while attempting to achieve a breakthrough. This tale is a metaphor of the creative process and the struggle one goes through as an artist, while searching for an idea. 

Five choreographers, 46 dancers, 20 countries, Match is dance not bound by theater walls or limited by country borders.

Plume: 21 acrobats from around the world filmed their unique movement styles which were then layered with animation. During a time that has created distance, we’ve found a way to maintain togetherness. Plume is a full flight with clipped wings! 

Films.Dance is in partnership with Somewhere Magazine and co-presented by Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing arts at California State University Northridge and Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

This event will be captioned, with other accessibility services available upon request.

Please note: ticket revenue from this film screening will be shared with the artists.


“Glimpses of global creativity” —The New York Times

“An ambitious new dance-film series” —Dance Magazine

“It is a beautiful celebration of the human spirit” —Shots

“It has so far released mini-masterpieces” —Creative Boom

“An ambitious set of fifteen films celebrating dance around the world” —Directors Notes


Learn More

The content below derives from the Northrop Across Campus Program that supports Northrop's mission towards intersections between performing arts and education for the benefit of all participants now and for generations to come.

Explore These Themes

Find ways to make thematic connections to these suggested courses.

Dance: Multi-Genre

Film/Cinema & Media Culture Studies

Music: Multi-genre, Composition 

Theatrical Design

Stage/Film Technology

Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature

Kinesiology & Athletics

American Popular Cultural Studies

Jewish Studies



Disability Aesthetics 


Take a deeper dive into these resources that provide more information about the company of performers, the history of the artform, and where you can learn more about the artistic process!



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