Dancers take the streets of London, just hours before the lock-down to display, interpret, and perform for what turned out later to be the last time in a long time due to the upcoming global uncertainty at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Founder and director of a London-based Poetry Film Productions since 2015. After graduating a film production course in Brighton City College in 2014, he began his exploration into contemporary, performance arts and sports video content creation. As a full-time freelance videographer, his work spans across documentary and short film, medium format film, as well as promotional films for social media platforms.
Within a few years his production company has created compelling content for clients such as BBC Arts, Rambert Dance Company, Ballet Black Dance Company, and Yuul Yie high-end contemporary shoe label brand, just to name a few.
Dancers/Movers: Max Day, Alexandre Bourdat, Amélie Olivier, Antonello Sangirardi, Océane Robin, Miguel Altunaga Verdecia Jr. | Directed by: Nauris Buksevics | Produced by: Chris Milbourne, Nauris Buksevics, Antonello Sangirardi | Director of Photography: Nauris Buksevics | Sound: Nauris Buksevics, Callum Brown | Behind the Scenes by: Callum Brown | Edited by: Nauris Buksevics | Music by: The Tower Of Light
Born in June 1986. and raised in Latvia, he spent time in his early adulthood in Canada from 1999.-2000. before moving to England in 2010. Through these experiences, he had the privilege of being exposed to cultures rich in heritage and arts, all of which have influenced him as an artist and informs his current practice as a filmmaker.
Narcissism. Personality development goes through a series of stages. This progression, when completed normally, leads to the formation of a stable person. The whole life of the individual is devoted to the ceaseless seeking of socially acceptable ways of sexual indulgence. It is a general consensus that narcissism is tightly connected to the relationship that is formed between the individual and the existing behavioral standards.
Katerina Tsakiri was born in Athens on March 20th, 1991. She studied photography and audio-visual arts at the Technological Institute of Athens (T.E.I.A.) and at École Supérieure d’Art et de Design d’Orléans,France (I.A.V.) as an Erasmus Student. Currently she is a MFA student of Photography on Valand Academy of University of Gothenburg in Sweden (2019-2021). Her work has been exhibited in European photography festivals such as Athens Photo Festival, Circulation(s), Encontros da Imagem and others in cities around Greece and France. Four of the first prints of her project “Family Affair” belongs to MOMus' (Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki) private collection.
The projects that she is working on are mainly autobiographical and are approached through a sociological and psychological lens. Self-portraiture and symmetry are the two basic elements of her work so far. Parallel to her photography, she produces and directs dance films in collaboration with the dance artist and director Angelos Papadopoulos. Their films’ thematics are oriented on how the corporeal behavior is being shaped by social rules.
Born in Athens (1991), Angelos Papadopoulos is a dance artist and director who knows nothing about the camera. They graduated Athens University of Economics & Business and National School of Dance (Athens). In his work, Angelos is particularly interested in identity. Currently, she likes to play physically and verbally with the concepts of the mainstream and the constructed and constructive idea of time. It tries to find their balance through diverse performances. They haven’t found yet how to express what he does for a living and she really enjoys that. It has been creating short films, and now they plan to get a Palme d’or when he finds time for her inner self. It’s not confused, just happy... and a little mental. You can find more about their work on his Vimeo page and her site.
December 2019 | Mostra Internacional de Dança - Imagens em Movimento, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil May - November 2019 | Agite y Sirva Screendance Touring Festival, Mexico October 2019 | Chania Film Festival, Greece October 2019 | in the frame of the formation - lab « Mener un projet artistique et interdisciplinaire à l’école. A la croisée de la danse et du cinéma: la vidéo-danse, Mayenne Culture, Laval, France January 2019 | Athens Video Dance Project, Greece September 2018 | Psarokokalo Athens International Short Film Festival, Greece
THE MAN WHO TRAVELLED NOWHERE IN TIME
from Vincent-René Lortie & Kyra Jean Green
THE MAN WHO TRAVELLED NOWHERE IN TIME
Through the eyes of Eytan, a man who only exists in the dreams and unconscious minds of others, we question what is “real”, what isn't, and how we each perceive time differently.
Vincent René-Lortie is a Montréal-based film director. Having directed festival-renowned short films and music videos for Canada’s top artists, his dream-drenched work spans a wide range of genres including fiction, sci-fi, and dance. With his attention to the poetic and his obsession with the intimate, Vincent’s narratives continue to offer surreal journeys coated in high-value execution.
Kyra Jean Green was born in France, raised in West Palm Beach FL., and obtained her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. Kyra has started her own group of artists named “Trip The Light Fantastic”and the company made their debut during the opening evening for Festival Quartiers Danse September 2017. For the past two years she has resided in Montreal, working as assistant choreographer, teacher and dancer with Les 7 Doigts de la Main. She was one of 8 choreographers selected to present work for Copenhagen’s Choreographic Competition in August 2016, and was winner of Prix Coup de Coeur du Public at Festival Quartiers Danses in 2016. Kyra created a new work for the students at École de Danse Contemporaine titled “All Snowflakes Are The Same When They Fall”. Kyra’s most recent international presentation was in October 2017 at Quinzena de Dança de Almada – International Dance Festival in Portugal.
Choreographer: Kyra Jean Green | Director: Vincent René-Lortie | Writer: Kyra Jean Green | Producer: Telescope Films | Editor: Guillaume Marin | Sound editor: Nataq Huault | Cinematographer: Alexandre Nour | Dancers: Kyra Jean Green, Brittney Canda, Alexandre Carlos, Charles-Alexis Desgagnés, Janelle Hacault, Geneviève Gagné, Emmanuelle Martin | Music: Franz Schubert, SHXCXCHCXSH | Art Director: Geneviève Boiteau | Colorist: Simon Boisx | 1st AC: Antoine Ryan | Gaffer: Juliette Lossky | Grip: Jean-François Gauthier | Graphic Design: JB Proulx
Official Selection: Regard 2020, Austin Dance Festival 2020, LA Dance Film Festival 2020, Bestias Danzantes Dance Film Festival 2019, up-and-coming Int. Film Festival 2019, Dance on Screen 2019, Dallas Dance Film Festival 2019, Montgomery International Film Festival 2019, Monsters of Film 2019, Fuselage Dance Film Festival 2019, Bucharest International Dance Film Festival 2019, Moving iMages videodance festival 2019, dancescreen film festival 2019, Festival Quartiers Danses 2019, Choreoscope 2019, F-O-R-M 2019, Prisma 2019, EIVV 2019 (International Meeting on Videodance & Videoperformance) |Winner: OYM London 2019, FROSTBITE International Indie Fest | Award of Excellence: Best Shorts Competition
from Hai Wen HSU
Ocean, water ripple, sound, siamese search a unity. A dancer goes on a journey in search of a body vanished from the radars of consciousness, seeking it’s faded memory. Under the broken walls and ruins, raises the misty words of the body.
Director's Statement For the last years, I lived, danced and traveled alone throughout France. The body is like another self, and it is always beside me. It is a storage place for memories. Every moment, the emotions and feelings are collected in layers of skin, bones and muscles. I started entering a dialogue with myself: shooting and recording my body, observing it and investigating the relationship between body and soul.
HAI WEN HSU
Hai-Wen HSU was born in Taipei. she graduated from Taiwan National University of arts in Taipei, with a major in Dance. In 2009 she participated the EX.E.R.CE program at the Centre Choreaphique National de Montpellier, under the direction of French choreographer Mathilde Monnier. In 2017 she joined a 2 year residency at le Fresnoy Studio des Arts Contemporains in France. Now she is preparing her next film work " La vie nouvelle".
Director: Hsu Hai-Wen | Assistant Director: Tsai Zhi-Jin | Screenplay: Hsu Hai-Wen | Actress: Hsu Hai-Wen | Therapist: Delphine Galien, Ana Dclaperrière | Director of Photography: Hélène MOTTEAU | Assistant of D.O.P: Arthur Anger | Lighting Technician: Thibault Condy | Boom Operator: Jérôme PETIT | Make-up artist: Sabrina Turienzo Natal | Edited by: Hsu Hai-Wen | Colorist: Jérémy Carteron, Huang Pang-Chuan | Sound Designer: Rémi MENCUCCI | Sound Mixer: Yannick DELMAIRE | Music composition: Thomas FOGUENNE
Presented in Taipei film Festival, Kaohsiung Film Festival, Le Festival international du film indépendant de Berck-sur-Mer.
from Mathew Prichard & Ewan Waddell
Fragmented Youth is a sensory-driven exploration into multi-layered nostalgia. Dancer Mathew Prichard and director Ewan Waddell rediscover an old friendship whilst capturing a movement language Mathew developed to reconcile fading memories of his childhood disability of deafness. On the fringes of lonely towns while hitchhiking through Western Europe, the film depicts a world of eternal sunshine, conjuring idealized notions of youth. The eerie soundscape created by Ed Myhill pulls the audience into Mathew’s disorientating recollections of his early sensory existence.
Fragmented Youth is a collaboration between dancer Mathew Prichard, director Ewan Waddell and sound designer Ed Myhill. As a profoundly deaf child, it was feeling the vibrations of the music that cultivated Mathew’s deep connection to movement. Mathew’s early dissociation with his immediate surroundings is represented by the borderless ambiguity of these environments. The analogue processes of cinematography, the fragmented editing style and the staccato sound score converge to emulate the incoherency of human memory, exploring the notion that nostalgia is not merely about recalling solitary experiences but also remembering how one felt at that time in life. Mathew explains: “Through improvisation, I aimed to move in the most honest, reactive way in that specific moment in space and time. The unexplored, undefined spaces in which the movement was created informed the unrefined nature of the movement.
Mathew Prichard is a multi-disciplinary artist, currently based in Luzern, Switzerland. He is a contemporary dancer and a freelance photographer. Mathew is influenced by the physicality of bodies in motion, exploring the expression of the human form. Mathew has been featured by numerous magazines including; Vogue Italia, WÜL Magazine, Pap Magazine and TRIP Mag. In 2018, Mathew self-published his debut book, ‘Malnourished by Overindulgence’, compiling poetry and photography. His work was selected for the ‘FORMAT19’ International Photography Festival in 2019.
Mathew has worked as a dancer with companies including; Rambert Dance Company, National Dance Company Wales, The Royal Opera, and Marcat Dance. He is currently a company dancer with Tanz Luzerner Theater.
Ewan Waddell is a writer and art director currently based in Berlin, Germany. The themes of his work explore individual experiences and reconciliation with the self, while his visual narratives are found in the harmony between contemporary and lo-fi processes. Ewan’s work has been featured by Pap Magazine, Cortex, TRIP Mag, Nylon Japan, and Huck Magazine. He currently writes for Schön.
Bodies navigate and self organise as they run alone but dance together. The competitive landscape is overwhelmed by public and personal spaces. Actions act as the only markers in time, as they are reduced to noticeable and forgettable images. Where are we in this moment? Individuals unknowingly connected through unseen templates of social dynamic, captured in the container of the now.
Born in York, Jack Thomson is a dance artist, with practices in performance, photography and film. As a performer Jack has danced works by choreographers Mark Baldwin, Shobana Jeyasingh, Izik Galli, Caroline Finn, Alexander Whitley, Kate Flatt, Anthony Middleton, Ohad Narhin, Redha Benteifour and Willi Dorner among others. In 2015/2016 Jack was also a recipient of a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary to develop further as an artist. His practice in still and moving images has led Jack to have several exhibitions with his photographic work.
In 2017 Jack was commissioned by Random Acts (Channel 4) to direct and choreograph the dance film, Business is Brutal. This short has gone on to be screened in over 40 film festivals across the Globe and has won 'Best Interpretation’ at the InShadow Film Festival (2018), Best Art/Artist Led film at the New Renaissance Film Festival (2018) and was Highly Commended SHOWstudio Fashion film awards, in partnership with Harrods (2019).
Director and choreographer : Jack Thomson | Cinematography : Michele Cadei | Musician/Sound : Unity by AGF | Styling : Hayley Hai | Hair : Aaron Fawcett | Editor : Matt Dennis | Producer : Ian Fenton | Cast: Audrey Agudo, Jordan Ajadi, Samuel Baxter, Darren Ellis, Hannah Ellis, Saju Hari, Tia Hockey, Noa Mamrud, Roy Morton, Becky Namgauds, Lucy Namgauds, Mary Price-O'Connor, Yu-Hsien Wu | Buggy Driver : Joshua Harriette | Focus Puller : João Pedro Azevedo | Runner : Ethan Fenton, Alan Thompson
DANCE DOG DANCE
from Paul Johnson
DANCE DOG DANCE
"Dance Dog Dance" uses 2d rotoscoping to illustrate animals dancing to some of the best dance sequences in film and music video from the past 100 years. Completed in 350 production hours over 10 months, animated in TV Paint, composed in Milky Tracker, and combined in Flash.
Constantly moving forward, pushing authenticity, and balancing studio work with personal expression... it's working so far. Paul has worked in animation since 1995 and has also taught animation for 15 years. He is making 20 short films in 20 years, with his 7th in 7 years "Dance Dog Dance" currently making the circuits.
Short films: "Earth, Video Games, Port Mann Bridge" (2014, 1:47) "The 8-Bit Cup" (2014, 2:36) "Begone Dull Care 2015" (2015, 3:48) "Sparrow of Shaolin" (2017, 6:09) "65 Million Years Ago" (2018, 2:58) "Metal Mouse vs The System" (2018, 2:54)
Director, Writer, Producer, Animation: Paul Johnson
Studio credits: Hotel Transylvania 3 (2018) | Mega Man: Season 1 (TV series) (2017) | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Seasons 1-5 (TV series) (2012-17) | Charming (Theatrical film) (2015) | Fanboy and ChumChum: Season 2 (TV series) (2011) | Planet Sheen (TV series) (2010) | Neighbors from Hell (TV series) (2010) | My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 1 (TV series) (2010) | Kung Fu Magoo (Direct-to-video) (2009) | The Adventures of Little Jake and Many Skies (TV interstitials) (2009) | Pearlie (TV series) (2009) | Edgar & Ellen (TV series) (2008) | The Nutty Professor (Direct-to-video) (2007) | Chaotic: Season 1 (TV Series) (2006) | Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Seasons 1 and 2 (TV series) (2005,07) | FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman: Season 2 (TV Series) (2005) | Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: Season 2 (TV series) (2004) | The Buzz on Maggie (TV series) (2003) | °Mucha Lucha!: Season 3 (TV series) (2002) | Return to Never Land (DTV Feature) (2000) | Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (DTV Feature) (1999) | Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You (TV special) (1998) | Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (TV special) (1998) | Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (DTV Feature) (1997) | Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (DTV Feature) (1996) | Tales from the Far Side II (1-hour TV special) (1996) | Kleo the Misfit Unicorn (TV pilot) (1995)
from Antoinette Helbing & Jan Vesala
A man and a woman exploring closeness - and the ambiguity of its different aspects. BANG is a dance movie about the difficult search of intimacy in a mechanical and ineffective choreographic structure.
Antoinette Helbing is a German dance artist based in Copenhagen. Her choreographic practice is driven by a curiosity towards the physicality and choreography of social life. She looks at social life with inquisitive eyes: Decoding communication - Unfolding physical behavior - Alienating human conditioning. Often the work turns out rather humorous, sometimes provocative and always investigating the human body. Her works are touring both nationally and internationally (Holland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Faroe Islands and the Philippines). In collaboration with the film artist Jan Vesala, she created the award winning movies “BANG”, “Re-Dream” and “AFTERLAUGHTER”.
Next to her choreographic practice she performs in works from Åben Dans Productions, Andreas Constantinou, Tina Tarpgaard, MYKA and Kitt Johnson. As part of her wide teaching practice she gives professional classes, workshops, and is a guest teacher in dance and theatre education.
Concept and Performance: Jan Vesala & Antoinette Helbing | Choreography: Antoinette Helbing | Camera and Editing: Jan Vesala | Photos by: Jan Vesala
Helsinki: Finish 60secondsdance - 1st price | Trondheim: Norwegian 60secondsdance - 1st prize |Copenhagen: Danish 60secondsdance |Tampere: Tampere Dance Current |Genova: Stories We Dance/Fuori Formati (International Section) - Prize for best choreography
danza todo el tiempo
from Sergi Gras
danza todo el tiempo
dance all the time
It is a modest approach to dance practice, The dancers in their last academic year live intensely the change that is coming in their lives. Soon they will leave their dance school behind to try to join a professional company.
Sergi Gras Goñalons (Barcelona, 1980) began his professional career in 2000, specializing over time in the technical production of live shows. In combination with his production work, Sergi is involved with audiovisual creation within the documentary genre.
Dancers: Rafael Cascón Alonso, Sara Cubillo González, Clara Manuela Fernández-Merino Gutiérrez, Blanca Martínez de Cossío, Sandra Navazo Bermejo, Laura Rubini Ceballos, Oziel Satrústegui Díez | Guest profesor: Yoshua Cienfuegos | Director: Sergi Gras | Music: Andrés Alonso | Singing: Nuria Descalzo | Color correction: Jose Fontes Alayón | Special Thanks: Amaya Iglesias Galán, Edurne Sanz Satrústegui, Francisco González Macias | Location: Escuela Profesional de Danza de Castilla y León Centro ``Ana Laguna`` de Burgos
AWARDS & OTHER SCREENINGS
finalist: FROSTBITE International Indie Fest (Colorado, USA), Short Film Factory (Bucharest, EU) | selected: Film Fest by Rogue Dancer (North Carolina, USA), IDACO nyc - Italian DAnce Connection (New York, USA), Medellín International Film Festival (Medellín, Colombia), Open Window International Film Challenge (Kolkata, India), Consonance Music and Dance Film Festival (Los Angeles, California, USA), On Art Poland (Warsaw, Poland, EU), A Lyte in the Dark (Princeton, New Jersey, USA)
THE LAST CHILDREN
from Fu LE
THE LAST CHILDREN
The school merging consists of concentrating isolated primary schools in centralized educational institutes. In 2019, 400 French schools were effected by this reform. The Last Children is a choreographic film made in a single-shot with the children of a school on the eve of its closure. Through a metaphorical fable, it bears witness to the achievement of the desertification in the rural world and the death of its villages.
Fu LE is a French award winning filmmaker and choreographer with the Tetrapode Dance Company. After graduating with a degree in sculpture at the Art Crafts National School in Paris, he trained in physical theater and contemporary dance in South America and Europe. Recently he pursued his research in Taiwan, questioning social issues linked with urbanization. He is now evolving on the edge between dance, sculpture, and video, and connects visual arts to the intimacy of bodily sensations.
BOOKANIMA, a compound word of ‘Book’ and ‘Anima’, is an experimental animation project intending to give books new cinematic life. The film is a ceation of ‘Book Cinema’ in the third scope between book and cinema through chronophotography animation, paying homage to Edward Muybridge and Entienne Jules-Marey. The film creates experimental locomotion of dance along with it's stream: Ballet, Korean dance, Modern dance, Jazz dance, Aerial Silk, Tap dance, Aerobic, Disco, Break dance, Hip hop, and Social dance.
SHON KIM, born in Seoul, S. Korea, holds a BA in Law from Hanyang University, BFA in Film & Video from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts, and a Ph. D in Animation Theory from Chung-Ang University. SHON KIM works in Los Angeles.
Art & Sound: Shon KIM | Choreography: Luigi, Yook Wansoon, etc. | Genre: Experimental Animation | Country of Production: S. Korea / USA
2020: Best Dance Film, Puerto Rico, Best Editing Award, USA - Best Experimental Film, Mexico - Honorable Mention | 2019: USA - Encouragement Award, USA - 1st Place for Animated, Experimental, and Alternative Techniques Media, USA - 1st Runner-up for Narrative Works, Portugal- Video Prize, Spain - Best Experimental Film, USA - Best Edition, Canada - Royal Reel Winner in Action Competition, USA - 2nd Place for Best Sound Design, Macau - Special Mention | 2018 <experimental, dance="" &="" music="" film="" festival=""> USA - TOP 10 DANCE SHORT of 2018, USA - Best Art/Experimental Film, Romania - Innovation Award, S. Korea - Best Director Award, Poland - Honorable Mention</experimental,>
H.I.I.T APPARATUS - A MINIATURE DANCE
from Penelope Mourot
H.I.I.T APPARATUS - A MINIATURE DANCE
A response to the ramifications that Coronavirus had to my current work H.I.I.T. | High-Intensity Identity Training, a solo dance performance which was supposed to premiere in May 2020. Waiting for the time to perform on the actual stage, I "brought" the theatre in my home, while being in confinement. It is both a call to imagination and an awareness of reality. All elements are designed, scaled and constructed based on real-life conditions. The theatre was closed. The rehearsal process was suspended. Public gatherings are currently forbidden.
It is all about the gaze. Investigating ways of seeing and perceiving the body. How do we see? What do we see and who? The body of the performer? The body of the audience?
PENELOPE MOROUT is a Greek-French cross-disciplinary artist coming from a background of Dance and Architecture. Her expressive tools are drawing, dancing, crafting, and filming. She began her studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and graduated from the Greek National School of Dance in Athens (KSOT). She has also a bachelor's and master's equivalent in Architecture Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and a master's in Theatre Practices from ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem, Netherlands.
Penelope has collaborated professionally as a dancer/actress with various dance and theater companies (Juxtapoz Dance Company, director Kostas Fillipoglou, So7), while working as an independent cross-disciplinary artist. She has taken classes and participated in various schools and festivals around the world, such as Deltebre Workshop Danza in Spain, the School of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival in Austria, DOCH School of Dance and Circus in Sweden, and Brocante International Circus Festival in Italy.
Since 2018, she has been working in the theatre as a director, choreographer and set designer (Folie à Deux |2019 – Sfendoni Theatre, theater play Ψ | 2020 - Apo Koinou Theatre). Future plans include performing at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival (September 2020, T.E.P. | The Elephant Project), exhibiting her film Ophelia at the International Exhibition HUMAN RIGHTS? | THE FUTURE'S SHAPE #WomenCanSaveTheWorld in Trento, IT (August to October 2020) and performing at the ReA! Art Fair in Milan (October to November 2020, HIIT | High-Intensity Identity Training).
“I imagine that my skin is translucent, that it does not constitute the border where “I am” begins and ends. I hate compromises, I am an “all or nothing” kind of person. I can’t help but act impulsively and savor life in it's most ripest moment: NOW. I am passionate about art as a means of making sense to this extraordinarily inconceivable world we live in”.
Concept: Penelope Morout | Model creation/designer & craftmaker: Penelope Morout | Performer: Penelope Morout | Video & Editing: Penelope Morout | Videographer (for the live part of the film): Dora Dimitriou | Sound artist: Chris Parapagidis | Audience sound effects: Free Youtube Library | Spectators through skype (mobile video simulating wall projection): Christina Boutari, Anna Georganta, Amalia Vardakoulia, Fay Vardakoulia | With the support of: ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, Netherlands | Master Theatre Practices Supervisor: Dr. João da Silva | External Mentor: Dr. Konstantina Georgelou | Specialist Cousellor: Silas Neumann | Photo: Bea Uhart
This short film is about transformation. About the image. It's materiality, it's liveness. From flesh to paper. From 3D to 2D. Interchanging perspectives. ‘Captured’ from the camera. A sort of prisoner. This is about being aware of this ‘confinement’. Being present. Concealing and revealing bodies, shapes, relationships. Not trapped. Just critically gazing.
24 TAGLINES HALFWAY HOME
from Vikram Mohan
24 TAGLINES HALFWAY HOME
24 Taglines Halfway Home is intended to devastatingly expose the fragmented personalities and broken images in a disintegrated society. I try to portray middle class families with a crisis of identity and a breakdown of communication in human relations. A resultant tragic effect of boredom and despair constitute the theme. I took 24 taglines, or words, to create the concept of this film. Some of these taglines include: identity, gender, loneliness, a sensitive individual's desire, marriage, what is missing my life, adolescence, fallowing path, doing everything for us, is this me, all my rights on you, sexuality, awareness, frustration, etc..
Vikram Mohan is a contemporary dance choreographer with over 15 years experience in various dance forms. He is also an Empanelment artist in the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. He received the award Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in 2019 and also has received 8 nominations in Mahindra excellence theatre awards for his production After Death the spiritual journey in 2016.
He attended International Choreographer Week Tilburg Netherlands in 2014. His short dance film ”Stillness” was in the top 10 at the 60 seconds dance on screen film festival in Sweden and has been additionally screened at many international festivals. As a performer, choreographer, and teacher he has worked at many national and international festivals, universities, and schools.
Vikram has had three years training of Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Salsa, Tango from Notational Ballet Trust of India. He also trained for one year oin aerial dance at Anandam Dance Theatre and Vertical Circus Australia. He has worked with Lucia Marthas as a choreographer and dance class observer in Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts in Amsterdam. Attending many intensive dance workshops with international and Indian teachers in classical Indian, contemporary and ballet technique, he has continued to expand his knowledge of dance..
WAITING FOR COLOR is a documentary dance film revealing the harsh reality of LGBTQ+ persecution in the Chechen region of Russia. The contents of the film were inspired by testimonials of the arrests, torture, and blackmail that gay Chechens were subjected to throughout 2017. Through the accounts of 33 brave individuals who shared their stories, the film explores the themes of paranoia, trauma, and hope.
The film chooses dance as the primary medium in order to evoke three distinct emotions that showcase the intensity that Chechens faced: surveillance, brutality, and hopelessness. The physically-charged, abstract movement is choreographed to enhance the resonance of the spoken testimonies, offering a physical interpretation to the psychological torture that the individuals experienced.
Kosta Karakashyan is a Bulgarian director, choreographer, writer, and performer investigating how to nurture empathy and tenderness through dance, film, and education.
A two-time Bulgarian National Ballroom Champion, Kosta has performed and choreographed on Dancing with the Stars Vietnam and across Bulgaria, New York, Canada, Germany, Norway, Vietnam, and Japan. Under his creative production studio Studio Karakashyan, he has created recent works including the documentary dance film WAITING FOR COLOR and the upcoming film Glance from the Edge shot across 12 landscapes in Bulgaria. He graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Dance and is currently completing a Master's in Human Rights at the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice, Italy. Kosta is also the editor-in-chief of Out.bg.
Direction, Choreography & Performance: Kosta Karakashyan | Production Company: Studio Karakashyan | Cinematography & Editing: Kevin Chiu | Composer & Sound Design: Jude Icarus | Voice Actors: Venya Gushchin & Ksenia Voronkova | Sound Mixing: Andro Mathewson | Photography: Miles Rixon | 1st Assistant Director: Antonia Georgieva | Assistant Choreographer: Sadi Mosko | Location Scout: Samantha Gabrielle Frühwirth | Special Thanks: Hani Abaza, Gabri Christa, Mats Ek, Lyosha Gorshkov, Ainsley Katz, Katherine Krem, Frank Spadafora, Colleen Thomas | Released in Collaboration with Single Step Foundation
AWARDS & OTHER SCREENINGS
2020: American Dance Festival Movies by Movers Flatpack Festival | 2019: Moving Body 2019 - Encouragement Award, Cinédanse Ottawa 2019 - Winner Prix Lumière, dancescreen 2019 - Best Student Film, Moving Images International Videodance Festival, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest London, ScreenDance Miami, Breaking 8 Festival Internazionale di VideoDanza, Tiny Dance Film Festival San Francisco, ShortWaves Poznan Poland, Idaho ScreenDance Festival, International Dancefilm Festival Brussels, OUT ON FILM! BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Columbia University Film Showcase, Dance Film Exchange at Lincoln Center, Topanga Film Festival, Cascadia Dance and Film Fest, Human Rights Film Festival Venice | 2018: Stockholm Dansfilmfestival, Atlanta Dance Films Dance for Reel
from Niv Melamed
What will it take to change your patterns drastically? When time blends and distracts now with later, how many laters later will you realize your new dawn? Who decides our thoughts- us or them?
In our world, not far from now, a man caught in the rat race stumbles upon unexpected support from a nameless person. Under, over, or beyond, a faceless world is pulsating purple smoke unto the other. The two characters are caught in a struggle with ambiguous intentions as the realms entangle offering new horizons to be found.
Born on the seaside of Haifa, Israel, Niv trained and taught Capoeira, acrobatics, and Afro-Brazilian dance before becoming a contemporary dance artist. Niv has danced with the Johannes Wieland Dance Company of Staatstheater Kassel, where he collaborated with choreographers Johannes Wieland (DE), Maxine Doyle (UK), Lenka Vagnerová (CZ), Helder Seabra (PT), and collaborated as a freelancer with Evangelos Poulinas (GR) and Ryan Mason (US), among others. Since 2017 Niv started creating short dance videos for b12, a contemporary dance festival in Berlin, which sparked a growing interest in film-making, visual story telling, and editing as choreography. Niv is fascinated by humans, creation, and the political function of body x choreography,. He is a fan of empathy, and a lover of the desert.
Performers and Co-Creators: Chris-Pascal Englund Braun, Niv Melamed, Errex | Concept and Choreography: Niv Melamed | Cinematography and camera: David Worm | Soundtrack Design and composition: Donato Deliano | Costume and Set Design: Angela Roudaut | Special Thanks to Rita Fürstenau, Alessia Ruffolo, Pia Huemer and Marcin Jan Wyschka for your artistry and support | With gratitude to Wolf and Errex
from Eriel & Charly Santagado
De-Eschatology is a physical manifestation of the claustrophobic conditions created by the COVID-19 crisis and the yearning to break free from them. The piece seeks to draw attention to a heightened sense of touch, which directly results from the lack of physical contact many in quarantine face. The film's trajectory explores the gradual de-escalation of shelter-in-place orders, and its psychological effects.
CHARLY & ERIEL SANTAGADO
mignolo dance is a 501-c3 nonprofit contemporary dance company founded by sisters, Charly and Eriel Santagado, in 2017. They have been dancing and creating together for more than ten years and use this experience to continue to collaborate with each other and other dancers and artists to create new work that explores elements of various artistic mediums through movement.
The company has presented work at many festivals including KoDaFe, Dumbo Dance Festival, Triskelion’s SummerFest, Waxworks, Peridance's APEX, and Koresh’s Come Together Dance Festival. Their work has been produced by HERE Arts Center's Co-op Sublet Series, Inclined Dance Project's inQuad Split Bill Series at Dixon Place, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning's Friday Nights Series, The Berrie Center at Ramapo College, and Jersey City Theater Center.
DisDance Film Festival, Strangelove Festival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, 7MPR Second Midnight Virtual Performance, EXCHANGE Choreography Festival, Dance Place’s Dance on Film Series, IndieX Film Fest (Best Screendance Short Winner), Independent Shorts Awards (Best Screendance Short Winner), FilmFest by Rogue Dancer (Film of the Month Award Winner), Indie Short Fest (Outstanding Achievement Award - Screendance Short), FilmFest by Rogue Dancer (Film of the Month), Cinedanza Festival (Honorable Mention), The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival (Stellar Award for Experimental), Queen Palm International Film Festival’s Corona Creates Contest (top 30 finalist), AltFF Alternative Film Festival (Semifinalist for Best Dance Film)
from 江峰 Jiang Feng
What are sex and the sexual/sensual body? This work offers the audience empathic experiences of the tactile and aural sensation with the sensual choreography of the body and skin, re-imagining and re-defining human sexuality. What is dance? How can it be captured and appreciated in a different way? Our body is a sexual organ. Our body is our sex.
江峰 Jiang FENG
江峰 Jiang Feng is a non-gendered and multi-disciplinary artist working across-genres in movement/dance, theatre, voice, text, modeling, film, photography, and theory. He attained her B.A. in English and Chinese literature from National Taiwan University in 2016. They are the receiver of the 2015 R.O.C. Government Fellowship to study and research dance abroad and “Grants for 20-40-Year-Old Writers” from Ministry of Culture in Taiwan. Since August 2016, He has resided in Brooklyn, New York. They are currently pursuing an M.F.A. degree in Performance and Performance Studies at Pratt Institute.
His performance works have been presented at various venues, including Itinerant Performance Art Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church, ""Thinking Its Presence"" conference hosted by the University of Arizona, Exponential Festival, Dance Research Forum Ireland and HOT! Festival at Dixon Place.
In Taiwan, she has worked with emerging choreographers Shiou Fen Li and KoYang Chang, and has performed at the National Theater and Concert Hall, NTU Center for the Arts, Nadou Theatre, amongst other venues. In 2018, they were selected to be the performer of the work “Wall-Floor Positions” in the MoMA retrospective ""Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts."
The fundamental inspiration for my work is love, its beauty and complexity, while thematically, my work revolves around questions of gender, sexuality, sex, and race. I draw from the different vocabularies of street, modern, and contemporary dance and movement. Further, as an interdisciplinary artist, I turn to the tools offered by multiple media to enrich and deepen my works. I create artwork as a process for healing and questioning. Setting out to disrupt, I always want to create something different from what people have seen before by challenging social norms and our perceptions of them. My process as an artist and creator is that I always wait to be inspired in/by life. First I see one thing, I reflect on it, gather and accumulate information, and then I start to address it. I need to ensure my creative impulses and passions have a truth to them and that I have enough understanding, courage, and vocabulary to address the questions raised. Then I embark on finding the right themes, symbols, techniques, forms, and tones for the works. I am always looking for new and innovative elements. I draw on theory from academic and non-academic works and think hard. I expect myself to be not only an artist but also a thinker. The ideology of my works is ""Family-unfriendly.""
from Umur Coskun
Two souls surviving in a jungle also known as the metropolis.
Director statement: I lived as an immigrant more than half of my life in various countries. I know what it feels like to be an alien; I know the struggles and still face them today. This film shines a light on the struggles of living in a big city as an immigrant through contemporary dance because dance is a universal language communicated through movement. The film also reflects on a person’s own struggle with themselves and their journey of finding themselves. We are stronger together and stronger when united as one.
I am a filmmaker from Istanbul, Turkey. I lived and worked in many countries including England, Turkey, and now my current base is Toronto, Canada.
I recently graduated from the Video Design and Production program at George Brown College. Back in 2017, after graduating from the University of Nottingham, I worked in film productions in London. In 2018, I started working in a production company in Turkey as a creative assistant. I have officially been in the industry for 3 years now and am currently working as a freelance videographer and editor, while working on my short films along the way.
Director: Umur Coskun | Story by: José David Cerda, Fernando Camacho, Umur Coskun | Produced by: COSE Puntos de Partida | Director of Photography: Ares Adamidis | Choreography by: José David Cerda | Editors: Umur Coskun, Ares Adamidis | Music by: Juan Carlos Hernández Cuen, Bala Fría | Original Poem by: Ashauri López
HIC ET NUNC - HERE AND NOW
from Emma Cianchi
HIC ET NUNC - HERE AND NOW
"Here and now" is the literal translation of the famous Latin phrase attributed to Horace. Used by several philosophical currents, it assumes meanings with different nuances, all of which can be traced back to a simple thought: all our actions are performed here and now, in the immediacy of the present; the past and the future, however important, are memories, time flows inexorably and life is here and now. A straight line, an abandoned place in which past lives echo, a sequence plan to say that the present is the only dimension in which one really lives.
Choreographer and Artistic Curator for the dance season of Teatro Bellini Napoli. Artistic Director C.ia Artgarage / IF0021. Co-artistic director and choreographer of the Borderline Company 1999 - 2011. Choreographer for Korper Company. She studied Nikolais technique at Dance-Dance in Naples, a technique that develops an excellent ability of improvisation and composition, as well as developing an accurate investigation of the scene in every detail.
These studies continued at Dance Florence and Imago Lab in Florence. She then rounded her skills abroad in Paris, Amsterdam and Vienna. She studied with Susanne Linke, Carolin Carlson, Murray Louis, Domenique Mercier, Ivan Wolfe, Beatrice Libonati, David Zambrano, Antonella Bertoni, Michele Abbondanza, and many other great masters of the international dance scene. She has always been passionate about cinema during her training, specializing in video dance and Physical Cinema with Lutz Gregor and Isabel Rocamora. In 2003, together with Veronica Grossi, she founded ArtGarage, a center for the production and training of contemporary performing arts.
Director: Emma Cianchi | Writer: Emma Cianchi | Producer: Art Garage
from Max Levy
An experimental dance film created by Max Levy, during the COVID-19 quarantines in April 2020.
These days, I feel a certain claustrophobia whether I’m inside or outside, escaping from one form of pressure to another. I feel I’m walking a tightrope of sanity doing what I do: choosing to make art and dance for this one lifetime of mine. It feels like an alleyway with no room to move, yet simultaneously an oppressive openness where I don’t know where to begin.
This film is an experiment to capture that scratching paranoia of a tentative life into movement; then to capture that movement to film. This is my first film, and I wanted to make a work that was intentionally divergent from the traditional constraints of a stage.
Born in Tokyo, Max Levy studied at the San Francisco Ballet. He began his dance career with American Repertory Ballet and Charlotte Ballet. In 2011 he joined the Ballett Staatstheater Nürnberg as a soloist until 2017. He has danced prominent roles by international choreographers including Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, and Ohad Naharin. In 2015 he was selected for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer in Dance Europe.
As a choreographer, he crafts meditative works of surreal fantasy. His work has been performed at numerous festivals in Berlin, Mannheim, Gdansk and Leipzig, and has also been a finalist in competitions including RIDCC and Hannover Choreography Competition. He has been a resident artist with Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, ChoreoLab-Made in Ulm, and Theater Felina-Areal, as well as receiving work and project scholarships from the Hessische Kulturstiftung. He continues to work as an international artist and choreographer based in Frankfurt, Germany. He currently conducts research for "Tanzportation", an exploration of digital environments for dance supported by Dachverband Tanz and Neustart Kultur. Aside from choreography, he also produces music and visual arts.
Performed, Choreographed, Composed, Filmed, Edited: Max Levy | Shown as part of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main's Choreografische Werkstatt
from Anke Böttcher & Lilli Thalgott
For two days, a former mail distribution hall became a dance and film location for the inclusive dance company "here we are". The result is an 7-minute short film that shows the dancers confrontation with the topic "cinematic selfie".
ANKE BÖTTCHER & LILLI THALGOTT
ANKE BÖTTCHER & LILLI THALGOTT
Anke Böttcher is the choreographer and director of the inclusive dance company "here we are". Lilli Thalgott is a filmmaker and cinematographer. Selfie is their 4th joint project.
The dance company "Here we are", of Elbe Workshops, developed from participation in Community Dance Days CanDoCanDance 2006/2007. Since then, the dancers have continuously developed their dancing potential and artistic self-image in weekly training and in regularly occurring performance projects.
In their inclusive projects they have created their own stage plays, two short films, and dance performances in cooperation with other sponsors. With each production, the group has broken new ground and developed its own profile in the interaction and confrontation with other arts and artists. In its structure and character the project is unique in Hamburg.
a short film with the dance company „here we are“ | Choreography & Directing: Anke Böttcher | Camera & Directing: Lilli Thalgott | Sound & Composition: Manuel Schwiers | Dancers: Anne Schumacher, Farkunda Sekander Khan, Rebekka Diesenbacher, Ibrahim Erkara, Ilknur Nergiz, Julia Fortes, Lawrine Lartey, Maren Krüger, Ronja Kruckenberg, Samuel Krenz | Supported by: Janice Parker - Workshop & Inspiration, Swanhild Kruckelmann - Fotografie | Thanks to: KurzfilmAgentur Hamburg, 1. FC St. Pauli & Ben Himmelmann, Museum Bergedorf, MOM-ArtSpace im Gängeviertel, GWA St. Pauli Luise Rathmann, Karin Paltinat, Sigrid Wollmann, Anke Ostermann, Lothar Poppe | Cooperation: fokus!tanzperformance e.V., Elbe-Werkstätten | Funded by: Kulturbehörde Hamburg, Aktion Mensch
from Jiang Xiong
The concept of this video comes from my growth-experience and thoughts about the women's perspective. The symbol "Apple" runs through the entire work as a metaphor and expression of growth and youth. Innocence-Confusion-Acceptance-Devoured-Return ... If this process uses a taste to describe the feeling after viewing, it is like eating a bite of ripe plums, which is memorable, but has a residual sour taste.
"Flow and stillness" is the theme of this work. The two topics expressed in the heavy factory and on the light paper are interchangeable. The image of "paper" can be bright and dark, light and heavy, and it can be constantly changed. It can be used under no gravity to form an uncontrollable factor.
My name is Jiang Xiong (my English name is Banzai) and I am from China. I worked formerly in the Battle Flag Cultural Regiment of the Chengdu Military Region, participated in the Cirque du Soleil "Dragon and Lion", China's Broadway super-dimensional drama "Peter Pan's Adventure Island", the original musical "Qiu Pants and Rolling Pin", and am currently studying in the choreography department of Beijing Dance Academy.
I am now an actor, dancer, and director. I can say that I am a director who is passionate about three forms of performing media: drama, dance, and video. My modern dance drama ""Layer"" created in school was invited to participate in the carnival section of the 7th Wuzhen Art Festival. I have created many dance video works, finding different thoughts from people in different fields and learning from them. At present, theater is my development research direction, and limbs are my specialty. Drama is inseparable from limbs. What I want to do is give the opportunity for limbs to speak better in "theaters".
APPLE Director: Jiang Xiong | Writer: Jiang Xiong | Producer: Jiang Xiong | Key Cast: Wei Wei, Peng MIngcheng, Xiao Q, Zhang Xi, Jiang Yani, Yang Yang | PAPER Director: Jiang Xiong | Writer: Jiang Xiong | Producer: Jiang Xiong | Key Cast: Wu Dali, Kuang Zhiheng, Ye Youzhen
from Jiang Xiong
from Savannah Jade Dobbs
BDE: I Think We Found It Let us tease the binary you. A research-based project that explores the definition of big dick energy. This short film portrays modes of masculinity found within dance, movement, and bodies, allowing space to seep into the vast fluid spectrum.
savannah jade dobbs & collaborators
Savannah Jade Dobbs, Sean Stack, Gabrielle Walden, and Raunak Kapoor are a collaborative team of young emerging artists, striving to put the emphasis in creating a process by finding more questions in the work. All are connected through their education backgrounds shared at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, all from separate concentrations within the school. Savannah Jade, Contemporary Dance; Sean Stack, Drama; Gabrielle Walden, Film, Editing, Sound Design, and Projection; Raunak Kapoor, Cinematography & Film. For this project, We have been playing with several rounds of cuts that bend and amplify binary stereotypes to keep the conversation about how far we can exceed different modes of masculinity. And to be specific, we’re talking about Big Dick Energy.
WaldenDobbs Collective (WS Collective) is looking forward to creating more creative research projects in the near future. The research has only just begun.
Director: Savannah Jade Dobbs | Cast ``Woman``: Savannah Jade Dobbs, Cast ``Man``: Sean Stack | Camera and Color: Raunak Kapoor | Picture editing and sound design: Gabrielle Walden | Music: ``Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: 1 Prelude``, ``Late Nights & Heartbreak`` by Hannah Williams & The Affirmations, ``Je T'aime`` by Romare
from Elke Brugger
What should one do with traces of the past that are fading, leaving you less than what you were? Be stronger, hold on to them, unite with them so that you don’t stay behind? Transform them or change yourself and hold on until the next moment that makes more of you again? Mehr examines the memory of a relationship, the shared dance, rubbing off on each other, the making of images. A woman immerses herself once again in the past and ultimately transforms that which she had experienced. What remains is space for something new.
Elke Brugger is Austrian-born screenplay writer and director who lives in Cologne. Her films move between different genres and explore the depths behind facades of everyday life. She is also interested in conflict between an individual and a system – a system that can be a society, family, or a relationship. Elke was born in Salzburg and studied Theatre, Film and Mediascience at the University Vienna. After finishing her studies, she worked as assistant director in film and theatre. She also studied psychology for two semesters in Berlin and finally decided to start her master studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, where she concentrated on directing and screenplay writing.
Since then, Elke’s short films have been shown in different festivals around the world. Her first screenplay for a feature film, named Fishe im blauen Himmel (eng. Fish in the blue sky) was shortlisted for German screenplay prize in 2018. Elke is also a founding member of “Lagerfeuer Writers’ Room”, a team of writers involved in fictional storytelling. With this team, she developed an episode for a well-known German television crime series. This team also won the Wim Wenders scholarship for innovative storytelling. At the moment, Elke is working together with a co-director Lisa Wagner on a feature documentary about young female break-dancers.
Dance/Choreography: Romy Schwarzer, Torsten Matzke | Writer/Director: Elke Brugger | Director of Photography: Stefan Eisenburger | Art Department: Mena Moskopf | Editor: Bele Albrecht | Music: Sophie Reyer, Tonverbrechung | Animation: Michelle Park, Frank Pingel, Judith Bornmann, Diana Sanchez, Camilo Colmenarez, Bele Albrecht
Pool – Internationale TanzFilmPlatform Berlin | Sao Carlos Videodance Festival | Filmnacht Zwettl | Dance Moments Krakau | Sisters Wild Cinema Ulm
TO BE A BGIRL
from Yasmin Angel
TO BE A BGIRL
Jilou is a BGirl. When she was 13, she already took part in breakdance battles. Now she has passed her A-levels and is thinking about what to study. Jilou takes us along to her training and battles where she often is the only woman.
Yasmin Angel was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1978. With the dream of being an astronaut, she studied physics, but broke off her studies after three years to turn to film and art. Her first art work was the photo exhibition The Last Moment, exhibited in 2002 at the Museum of Modern Art in Bogotá. Since 2006 she has lived in Germany. She passed her pre-diploma in directing of fiction film and documentary at the University of Fne Arts in Hamburg. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Media Arts Cologne. In 2014 she was awarded the Karl Miescher Preis for Film and Science from the University of Tübingen and was nominated for the award Prix Jeunesse. Her films have been shown at international film festivals, such as International Documentary Filmfest Amsterdam (IDFA), TIFF, Oberhausen, Ozu (Oscar Qualified), Winterthur Filmfest and Max Ophüls Preis, among others. She ist currently preparing her Cinema debut film Humanmakers together with the production company Corso Films.
2013: Kurzfilmfestival unlimited, Schulkino Woche Hessen, Kurzfilmtag Museum Ludwig, Kasseler Dokfest, Filmfestival Münster, 22.dokument Art. European Filmfestival, Duisburger Filmwoche 37 Doxs, Ozu Film Festival Italy, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (German Premier), IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (International Premier) | 2014: Atlantic Filmfestival for Youth - Halifax Canada, Festroia Portugal, Interfilm Berlin KUKI, Dokuma Filmfestival Makarska Croatia, Weltmädchentag, Europäisches Symposium zum Kinderdokumentarfilm Köln, Festival du Court Métrage Clermont-Ferrand - Filmmarkt German Short Films, TIFF Kids Toronto (North America Premier), Feria Internacional de Cine Independiente, FECI Bogotá (South America Premier), Film Festival for children and youth Trampkach (Poland Premiere), Japan Prize International Contest Tokyo (Nomination), Prix Jeunesse (Nomination) | 2015: 16. cellu l’art Kurzfilmfestival Jena Germany
Direction, Editing and Set-up: Yasmin Angel | Camera: Stefan Eisenburger, Yasmin Angel, Frank Raatschen | Music: Alexander Moyerer | Sound design: Robert Keilbar | Production: Blinker Filmproduktion GmbH and Boogiefilm | In cooperation with: KHM Köln and Ifs Köln on behalf of WDR.
PEOPLE DOING MOVES
from Hä*Wie?! Kollektiv
PEOPLE DOING MOVES
The movement of everyday life is often so familiar to us that we barely consciously perceive it. Through repetition and alienation, our work is an attempt to make the seemingly familiar movements unfamiliar (and vice versa), driven by the question: "Who actually controls whom?" In the video people doing moves, created by the collectives Hä*Wie!? and Taet Vremya, a group of young men perform short movements. They use their bodies in unusual and witty ways, forming individual and social sculptures in space. The video is, in a way, an archive and accumulation of movement possibilities. With the intention to recognize movements that have relevance to an individual, the research investigates what a body can do.
The research with the naked body, objects, and groups – with and without causal relations – generates a practical discrimination and a value system. Inspired by the sense of value and the resulting consensus of movements, the collective questions contexts of various kinds with their created movements and addresses themes such as sexuality, spirituality and aesthetics.
The lapidary movements recorded in the video are inspired by the early works of Koki Tanaka, who examined the relationship between objects and actions, revealing their hidden potentials. In the video people doing moves, the young men’s bodies or body parts function like Tanaka's objects. With repetitive sequences of motion, they generate new geometrical and often absurd forms and patterns. In addition to the body, its physical presence and its formability, the film is about the interaction and the extended possibilities of action in community.
“Hä*Wie!?” sees itself as a collective that has its roots in the contemporary dance and urban-street-dance. They cultivate the interest in art, media and mediation. The group was founded in 2004 and realizes projects (video, performance, dance, choreography, theater, event, workshop and fine art) and exchanges knowledge to create new approaches to body movement. Here they are searching for shapes in between and beyond dance-styles and are curious to find creative mixed forms. People themselves become the result of design and at the same time designers.
Members from “Hä*Wie!?” have completed studies at arts universities in Fine Art and Visual Communication. They dedicate themself artistically in practice and theory to the notion of movement. Uselessly moving is not useless. Their theoretical work examines the question of a possible "life of the movement itself“ and its meaning in the context of performance art. In their experimental video projects, they use the expressive possibilities of bodies and the exploration of our environment. They are approaching the relationship between physicality as society and materialism as consumer goods. Absurd moments, scenarios and movements arise. Empathic gestures, the ambivalent game with taboos and conventions, personal stories and social discourse are used. Which "normal“ or "abnormal“ ideas and ways of moving do bodies apply in everyday life?
Hä*Wie!? developed performance-formats for the stage, public places and exhibitions. They work as freelancers doing projects and related jobs, through which they organize social and cultural events in dance, performance and theatre, and run workshops in the field of motion studies and video art.
Director: Nils Löfke with Hä*Wie!? & Taet Vremya Kollektiv | Producer: Nils Löfke |Performance: Hä*Wie!? & Taet Vremya Kollektiv
MIT TANZ ZUR TOLERANZ
MIT TANZ ZUR TOLERANZ
from Helen Hannak & Dina Schreiber
MIT TANZ ZUR TOLERANZ
mit TANZ zur Toleranz is a short documentary about the inclusive community dance project “Mit TANZ zur Toleranz” (Eng.: Through dance to tolerance). It depicts the working process of the community dance workshops.
The project started in the Fall of 2018 as a workshop for a mixed groups of hobby dancers with and without disabilities. After just one year it evolved into a broader program that offers community dance workshops once a month. An essential characteristic of this Hamburg-based dance program is the openness of the participants towards new experiences with movement and with one another. The coherence of the dancers is truly unique as the connection between them emerges at each workshop anew. Everyone who likes to dance is warmly welcome to take part in the “Mit TANZ zur Tolerance” workshops. The project is being sponsored by Nader Etmenan Foundation. The documentary presented at the TANZAHOi Festival 2020 is a depiction of the working process of the community dance workshops rather than a professional movie.
Helen Hannak and Dina Schreiber are the creators and the leading team of the project “Mit TANZ zur Toleranz”. Helen Hannak is an experienced dance teacher and a choreographer. She comes from Bremen and lives in Hamburg. Dina Schreiber is a project und arts manager. She comes from Riga, Latvia and also lives in Hamburg. They met at a dance course in Hamburg in 2015. Soon-after the teacher-student relationship grew into a friendship, and before long they started working on their nonprofit dance project “Mit TANZ zur Toleranz”. The combination of zest for life and dance, the long experience in dance education, and the know-how in project and arts management are their moving forces in the further development of the project.
Director and Choreographer: Helen Hannak | Director and project manager: Dina Schreiber | Dancers: participants of “Mit TANZ zur Toleranz” workshops in Hamburg
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