Frame Dance Announces for Frame x Frame Film Fest 2021

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Lydia Hance

Frame Dance Productions

Frame Dance Announces for Frame x Frame Film Fest 2021

Frame x Frame Film Fest, Houston’s dance-for-camera festival, was founded in 2018 by Frame Dance Productions and has expanded into a multi-week festival of the best of international dance on screen. The 2021 shorts festival takes place Nov. 4. – 13, 2021 in the newly opened Frame Dance Studio. 

This year’s shorts festival will include 35 of the world’s most innovative screen dances with films from the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Singapore, France, Norway, Australia, Spain, and Hong Kong. Anticipate viewing dance in the water, in the womb, in Europe’s most stunning libraries and galleries, in drainpipes, and in suspended animation. Shorts festival films range from 28 seconds to 15 minutes. Stay tuned for Frame x Frame Film Fest feature length screen dance program Winter 2022. 

In curating our film programs, we consider the student, the armchair traveler, the passionate dance and film patron, the iPhone videographer, and the simply curious. Frame x Frame Film Fest has been in partnership with the Houston Ballet since its founding, proving that dance for films belongs in the highest cultural institutions. At the same time, the ubiquity of screens and cameras makes it a vast and democratic art form. Considering also the widespread popularity of video and performance arts, and the recent dance and dance film acquisitions made by venerable arts institutions, we can confidently say that dance for film is a field primed for growth and significance. Frame Dance is on the forefront of creating, curating, and presenting this work in Houston.

The 2021 Frame x Frame Film Fest panelists included: Laura Gutierrez, David Rivera, Rosie Trump and Chief Curator Lydia Hance.


Lydia Hance is the Founder and Chief Curator of Frame x Frame Film Fest as well as Executive and Artistic Director of Frame Dance.  For more than ten years, she has brought radically inclusive and deeply personal contemporary dance to Houston. Dance Magazine calls her “the city’s reigning guru of dance in public places.” Lydia has been commissioned and partnered with METRO, Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, DiverseWorks, Houston Parks Board, Plant It Forward Farms, CORE Dance, Rice University, Houston Ballet, 14 Pews, Aurora Picture Show, the Contemporary Arts Museum among others. Her films have been screened in festivals from Beverly Hills to Berlin and she has served as a curator for Encore Dance on Film and Third Coast Dance Film Festival. She has created over 50 unique site-specific performances and ten dances for the camera with support from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance as well as National arts funders. Her work with Frame Dance has been described by Arts + Culture Texas Editor-in-Chief Nancy Wozny as “some of the most compelling and entertaining work in Houston.” Lydia Hance is a champion of living composers and is dedicated to work exclusively with new music. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area, and her degrees in Dance Performance and English Literature at SMU brought her to Texas. 

Laura Gutierrez is a performing artist and choreographer currently based in Winston- Salem, North Carolina. A graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she received a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she was awarded a William R. Kenan, Jr., Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education. Gutierrez has performed at the Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, BAM Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance,Brisbane Festival and in museums such as The Menil Collection, Contemporary Arts Museum–Houston, the Fabric Workshop Museum, DiverseWorks and The Guggenheim -Works in Process. While her own choreography has been seen at Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theatre, CPR- Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, Sicardi Gallery, MATCH Houston, and CounterCurrent Festival. She performed works by Joan Jonas, Tino Sehgal and Jonah Bokaer Choreography, and has been named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” She is currently adjunct teaching at UNCSA. 

Rosie Trump is the founder and chief curator of the Third Coast Dance Film Festival. She is the choreographer/director/editor of twelve short dance films. She is interested in the reflexive nature of the camera lens and the cinematic possibilities of digital media. Trump’s dance films have recently screened at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, ADFs Movies by Movers, San Souci Dance Film Festival, Extremely Short Shorts at the Aurora Picture Show, the Utah Dance Film Festival, and Dance Film Association’s Long Legs Short Films. Currently residing in Reno, NV, Trump is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno.
David Rivera is Houston Ballet’s Associate Director of Audio/Visual Services. He has filmed over 60 ballets for the Company and creates the majority of Houston Ballet’s social media video content. David’s work has been praised by Pointe Magazine and Dance Magazine. In the spring of 2021, David collaborated with artistic director of Houston Ballet, Stanton Welch AM, and the band The Dead South to create 11 short dance films set to their music. The films garnered critical acclaim and were adapted into a live stage version for Houston Ballet’s Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance. David’s dance films outside of Houston Ballet have been featured in festivals nationwide including the Third Coast Dance Film Festival, ADF’s Movies By Movers and FilmFest by Rogue Dancer. The Houston-based Frame x Frame Film Festival recently showcased three of his works, and he has also served as a curator for their Micro Dances Film Festival.

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