A spooky partnership with Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Director Jeremy Major partnered with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) and the Hamilton Film Festival, to create a short film that would be screened with the orchestra's live performance of Camille Saint-Saëns' haunting composition, Danse Macabre, at a family Halloween concert. The music is based on an 1870s poem that tells the story of Death calling forth skeletons to dance for him in the night. Major collaborated with choreographer Christena Hampson to build a stylized story centred around dance and movement. The film is modelled after the surreal look and feel of old black & white films like Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon. It was filmed at The Zoetic Theatre with makeup by Christina McCarthy from Glitterbug Face & Body Art. Check out the dedicated performers in this photo gallery. Thanks to everyone involved!