The Ballet of the Nations


Director: Roseanna Anderson, Josh Ben-Tovim Country of Origin: UK Runtime: 30m Genre: Dance, Experimental Block: E Date: 28-02 Time: 6.15-7.45pm + Q&A Watch Trailer

Inspired by the pacifist satire, The Ballet of the Nations, written by Vernon Lee in 1915 and illustrated by Maxwell Armfield as a response to the outbreak of war, the film begins with Satan and Ballet Master Death discussing how to reintroduce chaos into a complacent society. Satan instructs Ballet Master Death to assemble an orchestra of human passions (Fear, Panic, Suspicion, Hatred, Heroism, Murder etc.) to provide the music for a corps de ballet of Nations to perform the dance macabre of war. Directors Roseanna Anderson and Josh Ben-Tovim will attend the screening.

Director Biography

Roseanna Anderson and Josh Ben-Tovim are the Co-directors of Bristol-based company, Impermanence. The company creates and presents critically acclaimed work, with dance at it’s centre, in different media and settings, including theatre, film, cabaret and site-specific projects.