"Five Dances" brings together the elements of art, dance, music and storytelling. It is a sensual, visually beautiful, awakening that will impress lovers of dance and film in a way that is both sensual and moving. A young dancer Chip Daniel (played by Ryan Steele) makes a brave decision to follow his art, which places him in a situation where he has neither the support not understanding of either his family or peers. Desperately alone and tangibly afraid, he takes tentative steps towards his own identity, finding both solace and love in that journey.
Those who know the choreography of Jonah Bokaer, will be left breathless. These beautifully scripted dances, interlaced with some phenomenal music (Perfume Genius, Nicholas Wright and Scott Matthew to mention but a few), make for a visually and touching interplay of senses. As young Chip finds his voice and his talent, whilst falling in love for the first time, one cannot be moved by the experience. His inherent innocence laid bare, makes the audience want to embrace his journey, and you celebrate with his every achievement.
The love story within this film, runs parallel to the five dances, and is shown in a manner which is neither forced nor dramatic. It happens, slowly and naturally and leaves you with a deep resonating affection for the two dancers.
Lovers of dance will simply adore this film, understanding the dedication and skill that comes with such an art form. Even those that are not lovers of classical dance, will appreciate the film for the story it tells, and will be left moved by the art of dance. The director and writer Allan Brown impressed with "Private Romeo", and this cannot but be described as a truly inspired celebration of both humanity at its best, and art at its most sincere.
I'm ordering the soundtrack, as several songs had me both inspired and overwhelmed.