Film Screenings. Mercat de les Flors Barcelona
Dancefilm program curated by Núria Font/NU2s projected at Mercat de les Flors in the context of the fourth edition of IDN, a biennial festival focused on showing different ways to build a dialogue between dance, image in motion and digital tools. Films projected:
Program 1. Nature
The body builds, together with the landscape and its elements, a choreography connected to nature.
- Amandi. Francesc Sitges-Sardà. Spain (2012). 6′
Amandi is an amalgam made of nature, forests and strange landscapes. Amandi are two characters who pass through this particular area and that, along different paths, take us into a constantly changing world.
Directors: Francesc Sitges-Sardà, Elisabet Prandi / Choreographers and performers: Ferran Carvajal, Marta Filella / Photography direction and camera: Elisabet Prandi / Music: Passacaglia Händel/Halvorsen / Montage: Francesc Sitges-Sardà.
- Constructs. Jeremy Moss. USA (2012). 5′
Meditative and austere, Constructs reveals the meeting, and parting, of two figures along a train track on a cold winter morning.
Director: Jeremy Moss / Performers: Pamela Vail, Jon Foley Sherman / Camera: Jeremy Moss, James Hollenbaugh.
- Concurrence. Neil Baker and Steven Hatton. UK (2012). 6′
A collaboration with renowned choreographer Filip Van Huffel of Retina Dance, Concurrence is a short dance film that explores choreographic connections in a series of disparate performances. Shot on location at Stafford Castle, the film was commissioned by Dance Connected as part of their artistic development programme linked to their cultural Olympiad project Get Dancing.
Directors: Neil Baker and Steven Hatton / Choreographer: Filip Van Huffel / Producters: Neil Baker, Steven Hatton & Alison Lord.
- Away From Here. Katrina McPherson. UK (2011). 12 ‘
Set in the dramatic West Highlands of Scotland, Away From Here examines the fleeting relationship of people to a sense of place and belonging; exploring the incongruity of our relationship to an ancient landscape. A collaboration between highly acclaimed dance company plan B and multi-award winning Goat Media, the project was filmed in HD, entirely on location with an international cast and crew in August 2011.
Director: Katrina McPherson / Choreographer: Frank McConell / Editor: Simon Fildes / Music: Luke Sutherland. Dancers/Performers: Julia McGhee, Robbie Synge, Juta Campbell, Mekbul Jemal Tahir, Anne-Gaelle Thiriot / Photography director: Jono Smith.
- Private I’S. Oren Shkedy. Israel (2012). 21′
The film follows the construction, eruption, corruption and destruction of the masculine self and other. It investigates the boundaries of masculinity, and the forces that operate on the male body, while borrowing from different cultures and modalities. The movement language can be traced to traditional forms and concepts integral to martial arts. It translates it into a contemporary individualized expression in different ways, while counterbalancing it with the mundane “every day” gestures of male bonding.
Director: Oren Shkedy / Choreographer: Dana Ruttenberg / Photography director: Ram Shweky / Performers: Uri Shafir, Ofir Yudilevitch.
- The Last Tree. Jordi Arqué. Spain (2013). 9’46″
Just as the seed of a tree keeps its image inside until the appropriate conditions allow to show it, the soul contains the image of the personality, which manifests itself through action. Between men and trees there is a vital link that imperceptibly connects their destinies.
Director: Jordi Arqué / Performer: Andrés Corchero / Cameras: Despina Ekonomopoulou, Philipos Vardakas, Sharon Lomanno / Producer: Roberto Romero / Editor: Jordi Arqué.
Program 2. Hybrid territories
Drawn movements, danced stories, identity recognitions, a collage of proposals suitable for all ages.
- Sea of Roofs. Antonin de Bemels. Belgium (2011). 5′
One line, two dots, and there it is: a human being. Alone at first, wandering, wondering. Then another line, another being, or is it just a reflection?
Director: Antonin de Bemels / Music: Half Asleep.
- Breakadventure. Igor Krasik. Germany (2012). 1′
Photography is related to theater. The stage is the frame. The frozen pose of a dancer is similar to a photography frame. Abstraction, work with paper, synthesis of sound, picture and motion build the main character of that piece.
Director: Igor Krasik.
- One Man Walking. Margaret Willians. UK (2011). 17′
One Man Walking explores some of the intensity and challenges of life in the metropolis combining krump –an expressive and highly energetic dance movement– with the uplifting, soaring excitement of free-running.
Director: Margaret Williams / Choreographer and performer: Kenrick “H2O” Sandy / Script: Jonzi D / Photography director: George Richmond / Music: Michael “Mikey J” Asante / Editor: Rachel Tunnard / Productor: Anne Beresford.
- Come see the World. Meritxell Aumedes. Sweden (2012). 4’46″
Come see the world shows the plurality of Goteborgsoperans Danskompani, consisting of dancers with sixteen different nationalities. The piece works as a mirror reflecting the city of Gotemburg and the globalized world in which we live. With music by Betancor, especially composed for the film, it takes the movement to the city, and frames it in original cityscapes. A global village come together with one goal: dance destination.
Director, camera and editor: Meritxell Aumedes / Music: Betancor / Lighting: Tilo Stengel / Performers: Satoko Takahashi, Chiaki Horita, Israel Aloni, Hildur Óttarsdóttir, Anandi Vinken, Toby Kassell, Moritz Ostruschnjak, David Wilde, Danielle De Vries, Ingeborg Zackariassen, Jérôme Delbey, Erik Johansson, Therese Frederiksson, Delphine Boutet.
- Le Badinage. Albert Merino. France (2010). 6′
A dancer trapped in a street lamp finally falls down to the floor, where she realizes that she can’t move her legs any more. Beside her there is a strange glass vessel that contains colors in movement which will show her the way to reconquer space.
Director: Albert Merino / Performers: Sarah Anglada, Nel·lo Nebot / Music: Leon Dane.
- Los Calmucos Invisibles. Antonio Quiles/Danza Mobile. Spain (2012). 8′
Los Camulcos Invisibles is a video-creation that, from an artistic perpective, attempts to show and get a glimpse at mental disability and all that it means in our societies. Presented as a mockumentary, playing with stereotypes and prejudices, this piece brings an affective, funny and honest look that aims to overcome them.
Director: Antonio Quiles/Danza Mobile.
- Dinámica. Guicho Nuñez. Mexico (2012). 1′
A transdisciplinary experiment that aims to create a new workflow out of two disciplines with their own methodologies: dance and drawing play here with improvisation and animation as communication channels, which result in this animated video-dance piece.
Director: Guicho Nuñez / Perfomer: Amaranta Verdugo / Drawing: Marcos Castro, Mara Soler, Carlos Gamboa, Esteban Azuela y Guicho Núñez / Sound: Hafid Velasco.
- Danza de la codorniz. Primer movimiento. Elena Córdoba and Chus Domínguez. Spain (2010). 7′
Elena Córdoba, dancer and coreographer, heard in Vivre sa vie, by Jean-Luc Godard a short dialogue in which two people discussed about the nature of chicken and their soul. From that text she took the idea of animating the body of a quail ready to be cooked and then, following Godard, look for the soul of this posthumous dancer.
Director: Elena Córdoba and Chus Domínguez / Execution, sound and editing: Chus Domínguez / Choreographer and performer: Elena Córdoba.
- Choose your Breakfast. Michal Ben Lior. Israel (2012). 5′
“The moment you fell down was the moment when you questioned everything, it was time for your morning coffee.” A dialogue between music, dancers, camera and space.
Director: Michal Ben Lior / Performers: Nirit Satat, Raz Gluzmann, Michal Ben Lior / Photography director: Amir Gabriel / Photography: Ascaf / Postproduction: Natan Lenski. Music: Spectrum of Emotion.
Program 3. Explaining through dance (1)
Dance, body and movement try to explain emotional experiences, relationships and feelings.
- Coup de Grâce. Clara van Gool. Netherlands/Spain (2011). 26′
Coup de Grâce is a film about the collapse of a friendship, about what is broken and what cannot break. After a long separation, two men meet again in a massive building in a remote location. In the course of the evening and along an icy night, they fight a weaponless, exhausting duel.
Director: Clara van Gool / Producer: Hanneke Niens, Hans de Wolf, Raül Perales / Script: Jordi Cortés Molina, Damián Muñoz, Clara van Gool / Cinematography: Nils Post / Editing: Stefan Kamp, John Hipkiss / Performers: Jordi Cortés Molina, Damián Muñoz.
- Motion Sickness. John Mcllduff. UK (2012). 10′
A teenage marching band rehearses on a rooftop car park on a Saturday. A flock of crows lie dead in the wind. Three people sit in the back of a car waiting to move. Motion Sickness is a dance-film exploring ideas of need, rejection and escape.
Director: John Mcllduff / Choreographer: Jessica Kennedy / Performers: Eddie Hay, Jessica Kennedy, Liv O’Donoghue / Producer: Zlata Filipovic.
- Alma & Ena. Sue Healey. Australia (2011). 6 ‘
2 sisters. 2 variations. Together, 195 years of experiences.
Director: Sue Healey / Performers: Rachelle Hickson and Nalina Wait / Production: Viv-Rosman-Performing Lines / Photography director: Mark Pugh / Music: Ben Walsh.
- VRRTI. Anna Cembrero and Jorge Piquer. Belgium (2011). 4′
Action, conduct, way of being, condition or state of mind. Turn around, twist, roll up.
Directors: Ana Cembrero, Jorge Piquer / Choreographer and performer: Ana Cembrero Coca / Director of photography: Jorge Piquer Rodriguez / Original Music: Isaac Albeniz / Violín interpretation: Alfredo Ancillo
- Blink. Àlex Rademakers. Spain (2010). 7′
A story of looks, the camera plays the game and become an active member, choreographer improvised that writes through the fragment. A duo who later becomes a trio, an intensive dialogue developed to capture the emotion of the gesture.
Director: Àlex Rademakers / Choreographer: Claudi Bomardó / Performers: Emanuele Soavi, Karl Schreiner, Nora Sitges-Sardà / Music: David Sitges-Sardà
- El caballo rojo. Verena Grundhammer. Spain (2012). 5’51″
Flamenco dance fusion with contemporary music recorded in several public spaces in Barcelona. From the combination of different styles and languages (movement, music, words, architecture), the film represents the struggle to assert onself in public space through one’s own desire and through the need to create.
Director: Verena Grundhammer / Choreographer: Mona Juárez / Performers: Mona Juárez, Naia Marlene Grundhammer / Music: Andrea Cota, David Ra-Champari Vedding / Text: Alejandro Dato.
Program 4. Explaining through dance (2)
Dance, body and movement try to explain emotional experiences, relationships and feelings.
- Landscape Duet. Pierre Larauza. Belgium/Hong Kong (2012). 16′
Hong Kong is known for its high density concrete jungle rather than for its rich countryside. The dance company t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e takes an interest in the territory’s environmental issue of over-urbanization while revealing both Hong Kong urban landscapes and natural environment as two dancers physically explore the radically opposite locations.
Director: Pierre Larauza / Choreographer: Emmanuelle Vincent / Music: Matthieu Ha.
- Communication Breakdown. Beatriz Palenzuela. Spain (2012). 6′
It gets to a point in which communication breaks down, and trying to jump that wall becomes impossible. Time heals the wounds, but the dust expands. We leave the meaning of these suggestions open to the viewer’s interpretation.
Director: Beatriz Palenzuela / Performers: Rafael de la Lastra and Beatriz Palenzuela / Music: Chema Palenzuela / Execution: Ícaro Maiterena, Rafael de la Lastra and Beatriz Palenzuela.
- Monk Reloaded. Richard James Allen. Australia (2013). 3′
A solitary, hesitant figure grows bold then frenetic searching for steady glow and melodic resolution in a chiaroscuro hanging glass forest that responds with light and song to gesture and motion. Reframing “The Prayer of Saint Francis” using real time installation technology, Monk reloaded reboots spirituality for the new media age.
Director: Richard James Allen / Cinematography: Devris Hasan and David Doyle / Editing: Karen Pearlman / Producer: Serge Stanley / Music: The Prayer of Saint Francis.
- Noord. Paul Sixta and Annika Pannitto. Netherlands (2011). 6′
Noord is the place where everything can be seen. Where the outside world is reflected on windows.
Director: Paul Sixta and Annika Pannitto / Choreographer: Annika Pannitto / Performers: Annika Pannitto, Ingrid Berger Myhre, Kay Patru / Music: Elisa Battistutta / Production: Dansateliers.
- El Mur. Aitor Echevarria. Spain (2012). 10′
Five people trapped in a room with no doors or windows and divided by a wall. Each one faces it differently, but they all share the same rules. El Mur is a film adaptation of the homonymous dance-work that the company El Mur Dansa premiered by the end of 2011.
Director: Aitor Echevarria / Choreographer: Carolina Alejos and Silvia Elgarrista / Photography: Aitor Echevarria / Artistic director: Ángeles Ciscar / Costumes: Anna Pons / Music: Andrea Torres / Montage: Sergi Dies / Production: Roger Amigó (La Movie).
- Gesture of Imagination. Eileen Standley. EEUU (2012). 8′
A meeting of matter and energy – structure and process. Spoken poetry as viscera, arriving in space. The body articulating what it does not yet know.What happens in the threshold moment before gesture manifests itself in the material world?
Director: Eileen Standley / Collaborators: Anthony Gonzales, Inkyung Lee, Amanda Ling, Eden McNutt, Kris Pourzal / Music: Yannis Kyriakides.
Program 5. Poetics of reality
The camera observes what lies ahead to deconstruct it into another “reality”.
- Hope. Pedro Sena Nunes. Portugal (2010). 10′
The collision between a man and a woman gives birth to an aquatic confinement. The woman indulges in a subtle and gracious existence. The fusion with what nature awakes on her impels to develop in new worlds, worlds of hunger, survival, laxity; in the most sublime reality. A new life is generated; moves, breaths, flows in a place of embryonic echoes. The arousing of the touch at the earth’s material complexity obliges her to confront her own ephemeral condition and the destructive power of creation. The man appears and disappears.
Director: Pedro Sena Nunes / Text: Rui Paiva / Performer: Ana Rita Barata / Camera and music: Vasco Pinhol / Edition: Petar Toskovic / Production: Associação Vo´Arte
- Beach Party Animal. Lizz Agyss and Joe Murray. UK (2010). 20′
Beach Party Animal is a choreo-mentary of British eccentricity and Brighton beach life. Set over twenty-four hours, where the land meets the sea and people come to be and be seen, it is an artful and cunning mix of staged set-pieces and real-life action, and an homage to the city that never sleeps.
Direction: Lizz Agyss and Joe Murray / Performers: Jo Andrews, Roger Clayden, Tim Crouch, Antonia Grove, Thomas Kampe, The Two Wrongies / Music: Alan Boorman.
Program 6. Documentary
- Dancing Cities. Roger Gual. Spain (2012). 60′
The dance and the city are the main characters of this production, filmed in four European cities: Barcelona (Spain), Malmö (Sweden), Swansea (UK) and Genoa (Italy). The film suggests a reflection on the similarities and differences of European social and public space through a poetic documentary that has dance as a leitmotif.
Direction: Roger Gual / Script: Roger Gual and Mar Cordobés / Photography direction: Emili Guirao / Montage: John Gutiérrez / Music: Prefuse 73 / Sound design: Agost Alustiz / Participating: La Intrusa Danza (Barcelona), Memory Wax (Malmö), Tanja Raman (Swansea) and UBIdanza (Genoa).
Program 7. Forward Motion
Forward Motion is a collection of outstanding British screen dance works curated by experts into three programmes. A British Council project co-produced with South East Dance (supported by Arts Council England), Forward Motion creates a moving snapshot of Britain’s prolific screen dance industry. The programmes are available for screenings worldwide, supported by extensive technical and marketing guidance.
Forward Motion features over 20 historic, seminal and groundbreaking films along with interviews and insight into artistic practice. Forward Motion demonstrates the diversity of British screen dance, its inspirations and the influence it’s had around the world. It brings together well-known dance films and experimental rarities, provoking discussion and debate. The eclectic programme and the accompanying resources will appeal to a wide range of audiences, from those new to screen dance to those with an in-depth knowledge of the art form.
The British Council and South East Dance have worked with an expert committee to curate the programme. The committee includes (with their occupation at the time of consultation):
The Forward Motion collection includes:
- Intros. 60′ approx
Professor Liz Aggiss introduces the genre of screen dance. This programme includes short dance films with artist interviews. Includes Touched by Wendy Houstoun and David Hinton, Tra La La by Magali Charrier and the rarely seen gems Basini by Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie and Sardinas by Lea Anderson.
- Insights. 90′ approx
Dr. Vena Ramphal presents a programme of more experimental films with artists discussing their work. Features the enchanting Hands by ex-Royal Ballet soloist Jonathan Burrows and film-maker Adam Roberts, Vanishing Point by Rosemary Butcher and Horizon of Exile by Isabel Rocamora (winner IMZ best screen choreography 2007).
- Artists’ Choice. 40′ approx
High profile dance makers select their favourite British dance films. Includes Akram Khan introducing Lloyd Newson’s multi-award winning The Cost of Living; Russell Maliphant selecting Chris Cunningham’s music video for Portishead’s Only You; and Shobana Jeyasingh choosing Miranda Pennell’s Tattoo.
- Starting Date: 14-02-2013
- Ending Date: 23-02-2013
- Address: Mercat de les Flors, Lleida, 59. Barcelona (Spain)