Film Screenings. Plesna Izba Maribor


Dancefilm program curated by Núria Font/NU2s. In 2012 all the activities of modul-dance done in Maribor were part of the program European Capital of Culture-Maribor 2012. The projections that took place on 17 February, 16 May and 17 August were included in the project Illuminated. The session of 21 September was included in the Move to Maribor Festival.

Films projected:

  • 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

  • Ma mère l’oye. Thierry de Mey. Belgium (2004). 28′

The orchestral richness of this ballet by Maurice Ravel is conveyed in episodes inspired by Charles Perrault’s famous fairy tales. The choreographic material was produced by choreographer-dancers invited to choose a character from the fairy tale and create a dance sequence in the unusual setting of a forest. The illustrative or narrative arguments are used in a very free way, more like poetical suggestions. The plant world acts as an agent provocateur that helps inspire an original quality of movement in front of the camera.

Director: Thierry de Mey / Music: Maurice Ravel with the direction of Pierre Boulez

  • Svetoboije St.1. Lucija Smodis. Slovenia (2009). 14′

Cycle in emerging. Eternal theme

Director: Lucija Smodis / Choreographer and performer: Vlasta Veselko

  • 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

  • Midday. Margaret Williams. UK (2003). 5’40”

The short film Midday explores themes of desire, memory and loss. To quote Mal Pelo, This world then, is one inhabited by beings of flesh and blood, where reality and fiction are often confused – a unique meeting point between thought and imagination. Midday is the first collaboration between Maria Muñoz and Pep Ramis of Mal Pelo Company, and Margaret Williams. Midday was shot in Girona, Spain and was commissioned as part of the 2nd series of 4DANCE by Channel 4 Television.

Director: Margaret Williams / Choreographer and performance: Mal Pelo / Music: Steve Noble / Camera: Márten Nilsson

  • 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

  • While the Cat’s Away. Helena Jonsdottir/Unnur Osp Stefansdottir. Iceland (202). 5′

An old woman who lives in her daughter’s apartment with a terrible fear that she is imposing on her child’s otherwise independent and modern lifestyle. When the daughter goes to work, the old lady gets a chance to express herself and make herself feel comfortable in her restrictive surroundings.

Director and choreographer: Helena Jonsdottir and Unnur Osp Stefansdottir / Music: Hallur Ingolfsson

  • 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

  • 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

  • Karohano. Jeannette Ginslov. Denmark/South Africa (2008). 9′
  • A.P.A.A.I. Guillem Morales. Spain (2004). 10′
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Body Electric 1#. David Pepe. Italy (2005). 4′

The retained power of a dance implodes in small motions, nervous gestures and flashes of the body’s primal energy.

Director and music: David Pepe / Choreographer and performer: Miriam King

  • 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

  • Untitled Partner. Scentrifug. Sweden (2007). 7′


More information about Plesna Izba Maribor

Event Details

  • Starting Date: 17-02-2012
  • Ending Date: 21-09-2012
  • Address: Plesna Izba, Pobreška cesta 20. Maribor (Slovenia)