Bodies in Land, a festival of experimental, dance and artists films will be held in Abercych May 23 to 24.
The festival opens at 8pm on Friday May 23 with the Wales Premiere of "All This Can Happen", a new film by David Hinton and renowned choreographer Siobhan Davies. Siobhan Davies will be coming from London to discuss the film.
"All This Can Happen" is a flickering dance of intriguing imagery brings to light the possibilities of ordinary movements from the everyday which appear, evolve and freeze before your eyes. Made entirely from archive photographs and footage from the earliest days of moving image, the film follows the footsteps of the protagonist from the short story ‘The Walk’ by Robert Walser.
On Saturday May 24 from 11am visitors can walk through the village, taking in an international selection of films in a variety of settings, from a restored worker's cottage, to the village pub, the old school and the mansion (free). The films have been selected through an open call, which received an amazing variety of entries from around the world. Films form Wales include 'Hollt' featuring Eddie Ladd and 'Absent but not Forgotten: Cwm Cych' by Kathryn Campbell Dodd and Jacob Whittaker.
There will also be a screening of dance films in Abercych Village Hall starting at 4pm, with free admission for children.
The festival concludes with a Twmpath social dance held in the Village Hall on the evening of May 24, with Julie Murphy and The Gower Allstars calling the dances. There will also be a screening the 'people's choice' short film at the Twmpath, which was chosen by members of the local community.
Jade Mellor of Wild Pickings will provide cafe refreshments at the village hall.
The festival is an initiative of 'Maynard', a resource for movement arts and dance in rural west Wales, brought together by dance artists Simon Whitehead and Stirling Steward with Rhowan Alleyne. It is supported by Aberystwyth University Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies and Pembrokeshire County Council.
For further information and how to book, visit www.may-nard.org .