Dance of the Warrior

Dance of the Warrior

| 52 min

Dance of the Warrior journeys around the world to film over 20 dancers and dance troupes representing traditions from six continents, many with roots in antiquity-the Phyrric Dance from Greece, the Sword Dance from Croatia, the sacred dance of Shiva from India and from Africa, the classic Sofani from Guinea.

The stylized movements of martial arts are represented in the choreography of Kung-Fu and Karate, as well as Kobudo from Japan and Capoeira from Brazil. The precision of military drills is portrayed by soldiers from the Royal Canadian Regiment.

Sid' Ali, an Algerian-born, Paris-based artist, serves as our guide, painting the stories and experiences of the warrior dancers. This stunning film investigates the paradox inherent in all these rituals: that the "aggression" of these performances contributes to social and individual peace--a point well illustrated by a young hip-hop dancer from Paris who explains how this modern dance form has transformed his life.

Other key themes include art and politics, spiritual awakening and colonial relations with aboriginal cultures.

Some subtitles.

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  • participant
    Sid' Ali
    Louis Nikolopoulos
    Nicholas Arhontu
    Oumar N'Diyae
    Mohammed N'Diyae
    El Hadji Diouf
    Gabrielle Boudreau
    Luc Leblanc
    Jean Frenette
    Patrice Inkel
    Groupe Sainte-Cecilija de Korcula
    Steve Wilson
    Jeff McCarthy
    Jean-Eudes Lamontagne
    Dominique April
    Philbert Rugumira
    Claude Ambroise
    Georges Rodriguez
    Gary Crèvecoeur
    I Gede Arnaud
    Cécile Gordon
    Flint Eagle
    Aaron Hepi
    Mestre Beija Flôr
    Iffra Dia-Cortez
  • research
    Marie Brodeur
  • writing
    Marie Brodeur
  • director
    Marie Brodeur
  • editing
    Michel Giroux
  • director of photography
    Sylvestre Guidi
  • sound
    Gilles Corbeil
    Stéphane Barsalou
  • original music
    Dominic Vallée
  • narration script
    Marie Brodeur
  • translator
    Kathleen Fleming
  • narration
    Manuel Tadros
  • assistant director
    Alain Thériault
  • production manager
    France Guay
    Sophie Bensadoun
    George Bailey
    Bill MacKenzie
  • production assistant
    Martine De Blois
    Jessy Boivin
    Arianne Dorval
    Pablo Diconca
    Sara Doré
    Thierry Niquel
  • chief electrician
    Robert Courtemanche
  • grip
    Lorne Dosogne
  • electrician
    Roger Martin
  • art director
    Marie Brodeur
    Alain Cadieux
    Nadjia Vranjes
  • artist's assistant
    Béatrice Bouttier
  • wardrobe
    Jacqueline Lussier
  • makeup
    Jacqueline Lussier
  • research collaborator
    Frédérick Belzile
    Eva Kyzirides
    Paula McKeown
    Pascale Malaterre
    Rosemary A. Rotondi
    Philip Szporer
  • sound editing
    Martin Pinsonnault
  • sound editing - trainee
    Alexis Pilon-Gladu
  • sound effects
    Guy Francoeur
  • sound effects recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • voice recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • narration consultant
    Leonel J. Regimbal
    Jean Charlebois
    Wajdi Mouawad
  • quotes - reading
    Robert Vézina
  • subtitle translation
    Claude Dionne
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • titles
    Benoît Chagnon
  • visual effects
    Benoît Chagnon
  • consultant to visual effects
    Yves Labelle
  • online editing
    Denis Pilon
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • subtitling
    Denis Pilon
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • consultant
    Claude Ambroise
    Ralph Boncy
    Manon Forget
    Michael Greyeyes
    William H. McNeill
    Leonel J. Regimbal
    Dierdre Towers
    Carmelle Bégin
    Gabin Bonny
    Jean Frenette
    Sylvain Jetté
    Mamata Nyogi Nahkra
    Pierre Thibault
    Vincent Warren
  • production stills
    Caroline Hayeur
  • image research
    Sylvain Latendresse
  • paintings
    Sid' Ali
  • administrator
    Johanne Dubuc
  • administrator - assistant
    Patrice Filion
    Florence François
  • technical coordinator
    Julie Morin
    France Couture
  • distribution officer
    Julie Huguet
  • administrative assistant
    Lise Lévesque
  • line producer
    Christian Medawar
  • producer
    André Gladu