Film Screenings. Mercat de les Flors Barcelona
Dancefilm program curated by Núria Font/NU2s projected at Mercat de les Flors in the context of IDN 2011. Films projected:
- Se Fondre. Antonin de Bemels. Belgium (2006). 25′
Piéton walks through the city, Pensée looses herself in her thoughts, Pantin slowly gets out of his immobility… A short film about how to deal with the reality that surrounds us. Some will work their way through it, some will merge into it, some will melt into thin air… Movement is the key.
Director and choreographer: Antonin de Bemels / Performers: Ugo Dehaes, Melanie Munt, Bruno Marin; Music: Aernoudt Jacobs, Antonin de Bemels, Rawakari
- Rewind. Marten Nilsson. Sweden (2003). 5′
Exactly what happened that day, when Henry moved into his new house? One house, eight dancers, one camera.
Director: Mårten Nilsson / Choreographer: Gunilla Hellborn / Dancers: Helena Franzén, Anna Källblac, Sandra Medina, Tove Sahlin, Staffan Eek, Mats Garpendahl, Jukka Korpi, Henrik Vikman / Music: Kim Hiorthøy
- Fisticuffs. Miranda Penell. UK (2004). 11′
A bloke walks into a pub… Six actors punch, kick and wrestle their way through the Wild West of an East London drinking establishment. The ritual of the Western bar-brawl is re-located to a London working men’s’ club. The violence appears to have no consequences, the actors’ bodies being as rubbery and invulnerable as those in the TV Westerns that inspired the film.
Director: Miranda Penell / Coreography: Miranda Penell & the Ensemble
- Tauperlen. Gido Leytens. The Netherlands (2008). 12′
Tauperlen is a journey of undefined souls who live on the edge of heaven and hell. Anonymously, and with a loss of memory, they are looking for their right to exist, in limbo. Tauperlen is inspired by scenes of the performance iSA by dance company T.R.A.S.H.
Director: Gido Leytens / Choreographer: Kristel van Issum
- Break. Bill Cowie and Liz Agiss. UK (2005). 5′
In the wilderness of Dungeness, where the natural and the nuclear meet for small talk, Master Thomas is taking the air. As he rambles he spies something unusual and decides to investigate. Break (from the Middle English): 1, an interruption of continuity; 2, a short period of recreation or refreshment; 3, a tract of ground of distinct appearance; 4, an opportunity, a chance…
Directors/choreographers: Bill Cowie and Liz Agiss / Music: Billy Cowie
- 120 Grados. Juanjo Fdez. Spain (2008). 5’49″
A dance solo in space that is virtually empty, consisting just barely of music and light. A dancer explores the expressive capacity of the moving body, as the camera selects, discards and highlights particular shots and gestural motifs. Video breaks the visual continuity of dance, in order to tell us – in the word of J. Thurber – let us not look back in anger, nor forward with fear, but around in awareness.
Director: Juanjo Fernández / Choreographer: Ricardo Sala / Performers: Ricardo Salas / Music: Huete.
- Animalz. Sergio Cruz. Portugal/UK (2006). 4′
Animalz is an exuberant fantasy in which boys emerge from the sea, like the original amphibians, and colonise a forest, marking out their territory in a break-dance celebration of Nature and her feral sons. The film takes the urban B-Boy skills of Brighton and Hove’s B3 Boys into the city’s surrounding natural landscapes, where sixteen 8-14 year-old dancers were encouraged to bring out the animal in themselves in their energetic performances.
Director: Sergio Cruz / Choreographers: JP Omari, Sergio Cruz
- En cadena. Hammudi Al-Rahmoun. Spain (2008). 5′
A short, tender story in which lifeless beings come to life, connecting with themselves and with the person in front of them. Two dancers break the mechanised automation of a working group and manage to involve them all in group choreography and a strong communicative and human power. En cadena is the name of this evocative irruption of dance in a production line consisting of mentally handicapped workers.
Director: Hammudi Al-Rahmoun / Choreographer: Juan Carlos García
- 12 Sketches on the Impossibility of Being Still. Magali Charrier. UK (2010). 9′
This film is a collection of experiments in animation and editing exploring the spaces where nothing happens: the liminal zone that exists between you and me, between here and there, sound and silence, movement and stillness.
Director and choreographer: Magali Charrier
- Horizon of Exile. Isabel Rocamora. UK/Chile (2007). 22′
Horizon of Exile follows the journey of exile of two women across timeless desert landscapes. Strongly referencing Middle Eastern culture, the film reflects on the female condition; self-image, belonging and effacement. Within a cinematic framework punctuated by voice testimonies of Iraqi exiles, Horizon employs choreographed gesture to consider issues of land and identity. Set to a soundtrack by Jivan Gasparyan the bodies betray a serene violence, travelling as though released from consciousness or gravity, falling and recuperating, haunted by an irrepressible past.
Director: Isabel Rocamora / Performers: Camila Valenzuela, Paulina Garrido / Music: Jivan Gasparyan
- Svetoboije St.1. Lucija Smodis. Slovenia (2009). 14′
Cycle in emerging. Eternal theme
Director: Lucija Smodis / Choreographer and performer: Vlasta Veselko
- Nascent. Gina Czarnecki. UK/Australia (2005). 10′
Nascent is a visual and visceral journey through and about being. Raw footage of improvised and choreographed performance by dancers from the Australia Dance Theatre is confronted with compositional post-production techniques. The images form a complex and dense rhythmic structure, stretching, smearing and distorting ‘real’ time. The dancers’ gestures and bodies, poised and isolated, gradually become indistinguishable and frenetic – turbulent, mutated fragments that form and reform. Ultimately the image remains recognizably human, but only just.
Director: Gina Czarnecki / Choreographer: Garry Stewart / Music: Fennesz
- Quelo de Garatas. Beatriz Sánchez. Spain (2008). 5′
An electro-flamenco-buleria in an impossible setting; as the party warms up, the flamenco dancers discover a different, irrational dance that takes over when their dresses begin to possess them. The result is a Quelo De Garatas, a chaotic, gypsy dance.
Director and choreographer: Beatriz Sánchez / Music: Zasmomö
- Line Dance. Alex Reuben. UK (2004). 5′
Inspired by dancing in a Brixton club, and the dynamic paintings of Jackson Pollock, filmmaker and choreographer Alex Reuben created Line Dance. Accompanied by a fluid Samba beat, the beauty of natural human movement is extracted from the performers bodies using the technique of Motion Capture. Initially we see a series of stick men performing their moves, these are then further manipulated into more illustrative and diagrammatic shapes.
Director: Alex Reuben / Choreographer: Alex Reuben, Afua Awuku / Performers: Afua Awuku, Dave Williams.
All the program here.
- Starting Date: 13-01-2011
- Ending Date: 15-01-2011
- Address: Mercat de les Flors, Lleida, 59. Barcelona (Spain)