Archive film project Memory Dance is dedicated to showcasing screen heritage in creative new ways, and preserving community film for the future. It seeks to use nostalgia as a form of comfort as well as therapy: a tool of reminiscence that might reawaken lost or treasured memories. Archivist Alex Wilson formed the project in London in 2016 and since relocating to Sheffield has collaborated with TV Dinners at Foodhall and worked with No Bounds festival to pair up electronic music producers with the work of filmmakers from the city’s past. Now, it’s teaming up with Sheffield Live! to broadcast straight to your telly screen.
Memory Dance has dug through archives and video collections to programme two series of film delights. Going out on Wednesday evenings from 7 till 8pm (with a new episode every other week, repeated the following Wednesday), Local History Society is a showcase of short documentary films revealing beautiful details of Sheffield’s past: its people, industries, landscapes, architecture. Episodes in the series feature clips that have rarely, or never, been seen by the public, including newly digitised VHS home videos and rescanned 8mm cinefilm. Late night series After Hours, meanwhile, goes out for two hours from midnight each Saturday and is a little more experimental, bringing music and art videos into the mix.
Read on for upcoming broadcast dates and tune in to Sheffield Live! TV on Freeview channel 7, Virgin channel 159 or online.