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Following the death of her estranged mentor, a contemporary dance choreographer seeks to make sense of their relationship through her art.   

Written and directed by J.J. Kaiser, Only Dance Can Save Us,  a feature length film, challenges traditional cinematic form while acting as an interdisciplinary vehicle to create a portrait of the artistic process. 

Only Dance Can Save Us is generously funded by a Jerome Foundation Artist Grant.


Written and Directed by J.J. Kaiser

Produced by J.J. Kaiser, Jay Ness, Owen Royce, Kirstie House, and Ellie Drews

Director of Photography - Tim Schrader

Choreography by Berit Ahlgren

Music by Sarah James Elstran (The Nunnery)

Hair & Makeup - Nicole Fae & Tanner J


Larissa Gritti as Sophie Florence

Matt Bailey as Alan Harris  

Eleonore Dendy as Charlie

Alex Galick as Oliver

Kate Guentzel as Zara

Tracey Maloney as Ivy

Reyna Rios as Stage Manager

Jessie Scarborough-Ghent as Natalie

Anna Stranz as Maya

Paul Stroili as Walt