Henry Hills

Experimental Filmmaker

Henry Hills

Social Skills

Social Skills, 2021 (12 min)

SOCIAL SKILLS is a composition in which a large international group of improvising dancers share a viable vision of a cooperative and imaginative future based on mutual support and spontaneous creation. Here is an environment of touch without threat, closeness without conflict, and individual expression within collective action. Highlights from the 60 DAYS WORKSHOP conducted by dancer/choreographer/pedagogue David Zambrano in his Brussels art center TIC TAC (from October through mid-December of 2019) were recorded on 16mm film. Studying this crowd-filled footage, and composing from it this concise film, provided comfort and consolation during these unexpectedly protracted times of social isolation. Hills' 1988 dance film SSS also featured improvised movement by Zambrano (with Parkins also on the soundtrack).

starring: DAVID ZAMBRANO & Agata Gregorkiewicz, Alexander Ray Brettell, Alexandra Pholien, Alina Arshi, Alvaro Silva, Amy Pender, Aneta Jankowska, Annika Havlicek, Bin Gwee Lee, Cecily Campbell, Daisy Servigna, Dalton Alexander, David Ramalho, Edivaldo Ernesto, Ellen Slatkin, Emeline Guillaud, Emeric Rabot, Evgeniya Glazunova, Evy Seiller, Fabio Bergaglio, Florence Gengoul, Florian Vuille, Francesca Caselli, Francisco Córdova, Gabriel Cerocién, Hannah Nichols, Hannah Sampé, Helena Vandecasteele, Indrek Kornel, Ingvild Bertelsen, rene Nerys, Irene Occhiato, Islam Moubark, Iulia Andro, Laszlo Sandig, Lee Su Jung, Lily Kind, Linton Aberle, Manuela Aranguibel Molano, Marie Ramsauer, Martijn Joling, Masha Ponomariova, Mauricio Cruz, Maxime Smeets, Miguel Angel Aukgapuru Arcondo, Milan Herich, Moritz Böhm, Narendra Patil, Nerea Gurruxtaga, Nina Richard, Noémie Cuérel , Paola di Bella, Patricia Habchy, Pilar Rodriguez Catón, Porter Grubbs, Pratik Surve, Rachel Arianne Ogle, Raul Lagos Sotos, Renata Perez, Santiago Bozzolo, Sarah Dorothea Bucher, Selina Fuerst, Simon Ramsauer, Sophie Melis, Stef Meul, Tess Letham, Thalia Pigier, Yulia Ovcharova Patel, and Yun Liu

music selected and edited by Henry Hills

electric harp improvisations by Zeena Parkins