March 14th–20th, 2016 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Universitatea Națională de Muzică / the 6th edition
Cinedans Amsterdam: Of Love and Other Demons
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Cinedans Amsterdam: Of Love and Other Demons
Curatorial presentation by Adina Marin
The special program dedicated to dance films returns to the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF due to our inspiring partnership with Europe's main dance-film festival, the unique Cinedans - Dance on Screen Festival Amsterdam. In the ever-changing media landscape, creators are increasingly seeking different ways to tell their stories. Contemporary dance films are often autonomous art works with a language of their own and an expressiveness that cannot be pigeonholed. Cinema and dance are brought to synthesis reactions resulting in pure artistic gems.
BIEFF 2016 is proud to present the selection entitled Of Love and Other Demons with four exquisite films that speak about or rather dance us through the deepest and most powerful human emotions transcending space, time, and gravity through the magic of film. Dancing is a physical inquiry, a way of experiencing and participating in the world. Movement creates meaning, but it also asks questions. About the origins of humanity. About distressed individuals in search of family ties. About the fluidity of such notions as sanity and madness. About bodies urging to get together. And about the serenity of a white world before the Big Bang, when time didn't exist and everything was love.
Digital art, dance and physics blend to create a rumination on the philosophical mysteries swirling around in our universe in Symmetry, a film that touches on love, philosophy and the nature of life. (Heba Hasan, Tech Times) Filmed on location in Switzerland at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) - home of The Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, the largest experimental facility ever built, and the largest single machine in the world, – the film follows a researcher working passionately on the theory of everything and the smallest particle. Ruben van Leer skilfully utilises a unique interplay of choreography and sound to express the two sides of our understanding, one rational, the other emotional. The scientist's routine is interrupted by the voice of soprano Claron McFadden, which eventually transports him to an interior world, as an expression of how our drive for rational knowledge of the universe is rooted in a deeper, more emotional desire inside ourselves. (Hyperallergic)
When the interior world is disturbed, it reveals itself to the others under assorted forms of madness, the cultural representations of which vary with time, and so do the possibilities and nature of healing society believes to have at hand at certain points. A Short History of Madness choreographs in six stirring tableaux rituals of psychiatry practiced in Quebec over the past century and a half. An array of symbolic, experiential, and political dimensions of healing practices are on display as the dancers embody unfortunate souls haunted by the demons of insanity moving frantically inside settings which alter as mentalities change. From the bleak victorian like asylum to the sordid backstreet warehouse and the teenager's bedroom that attempts (and fails) to re-create a homey environment, Isabelle Hayeur takes us on an exploration of society's ways to deal with the frightening and ever fascinating state of madness.
Even in the absence of diagnosed insanity, exclusion is likely to occur. Gianni Grot's proclaimed aim to put hip hop on the map as a physical form of theatre materializes brilliantly in Farm of Memories, a fluid tale moving back and forth between the conscious and the unconscious, and populated by visions likely to have been unleashed by the contents of a syringe injected in the vein. A destitute young man hip-hops his way around a derelict warehouse as he tries to put together memories of his childhood or of more recent years. The emotionally charged choreography creates a touching portrait of a man longing for love and security and struggling to get near the people in his life who are supposed to offer them. But they are nothing more than chimerical apparitions and, as in nightmares, they would remain out of reach and leave him face his demons alone.
Of all -isms that govern our lives, the one suffixing the concept of love opens the way for virtually unbounded philosophical investigation. Inspired by Erich Fromm’s book The Art of Loving, choreographer Mor Shani embarked upon a long-term study of intimacy, seeking answers to questions related to caring for and depending on another human being weighed on a scale that ranges from sin to sacredness. The collaboration with video artist Paul Sixta resulted in the project Love-ism - Things that Matter, a blend of documentary material and honest tales of inter-human togetherness. In the ambiance of sterile white rooms, the camera records with a thorough yet empathic eye, lovers, family members, and dancers as they come close to each other, the increasing degree of their intimacy capturing the human experience of meeting a significant 'other'.