Why We Dance

47' / HD + 4K

A bold exploration of dance as an emergent phenomenon in evolution, Why We Dance investigates the provocative claim that dancing made us human, and that in our current moment, we need dance more than ever. The film reveals the evolutionary implications of dance through observation of kinetic animal species, experiments into human development and social behaviour, and a creative challenge for five professional dancers who attempt to use their artistry to connect with the natural world. A visually stunning treatment of this vital expression, as experienced by human and nonhuman animals, Why We Dance builds toward the thesis that while dance is a continuum across species, humans are unique in that we cannot notdance.


Producer: Kensington Communications
Production year: 2022
Broadcasters: CBC
Languages: English