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Death and the Dancer

A delicate dance between life and mortality.


Ed Haas’s enchanting and deeply spiritual short fantasy film, starring the late Nancy Vining Van Ness, immerses viewers in the magical encounter between an aging dancer and Death, portrayed by Lorenzo Valoy, within the serene confines of New York’s Central Park. Co-written with Johanna Heinemann-Haas, the narrative unfolds as a delicate dance between poignancy and fantasy, exploring the profound themes of life, mortality, and friendship.

Set against the backdrop of a low-budget production, the film captivates with its artistic performances and the absence of dialogue, relying instead on the expressive power of silent cinema. Nancy Vining Van Ness exudes a joyful yet melancholic presence, adding a layer of depth to the film’s contemplative tone.

Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi’s music, composed for the film, complements the narrative seamlessly, enhancing the overall spiritual ambiance. Ladjevardi also makes a brief appearance. Though highly artistic and experimental, the film, despite its silent nature, speaks volumes about the beauty found in the transient nature of life and the connections formed along the way. ‘Death and the Dancer’ is a poignant and unique cinematic experience that may not appeal to everyone but serves as a testament to the power of storytelling in its various forms.

Death and the Dancer Short Film


Runtime: 8 min
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