Contemporary Circus Arts as boundless inspiration: Walls Beneath Our Feet

Director Antti Suniala and the collective Race Horse Company are creators in the field of circus arts, movement and dance, but together make a step further with their short screendance project Walls Beneath Our Feet. Since 2008 their goal has been to create performances with uncompromising acrobatic skills, chaos aesthetic, dark humour and surprises without limits. Race Horse Company is one of…


Absent Presence – the extraordinary in our ordinary world

Absent Presence is a screendance film and an audiovisual project by Giorgia Ponticello. It is only 1 minute and 9 seconds long but due to its precise synchronisation between visual wonders and compelling sound design, it has the potential to nest in our minds for a really long time. Absent Presence is created by a small team (cinematographer Jody Hinterleitner, sound designer Simone Meneghelli)…


Walks With Me is an invigorating screendance reminder

The Finnish dance film Walks With Me by the artist, director, curator and dance mentor Kati Kallio is an emotional experience that places loneliness and friendship in two distant points as themes and  paints the exciting and meandering line of life between them, connecting them. The screendance artwork, part of the Moving Body Festival 2023 program, wins two prizes: ‘’Collective Body’’ and the…


The man and the crowd in a screendance provocation

Man has no nature, only history – these words of José Ortega-y-Gasset can fall heavily on the mind and senses of the viewer, as the first frames of MASS sweep in through the eyes, reaching the whole being of the viewer, and echoing long after the last sand strokes. – MASS, a film by Fu LE and Tetrapode Dance Company MASS is a 10-minute dance film by the French director…


Circumstance 2020: moments of history in dance for screen

For more than two years now, we, the humans all across the planet, have been living in times and circumstances of a pandemic. Covid-19 emerged and began to alternate desperate waves of morbidity and mortality with calm periods of longing for air . Where we are now and what lies ahead – we will all find out together, because the global pandemic is universal and shared. No one is completely…


Burden halved – backpacks filled with inner universes

The viewer’s eye travels along the lines and traverses the objects. Their outer walls. The huge hollow mass. Looking for an entrance through the cracks. Exploring the human body. The muscles and the tendons. The bones, the ribs, and the wrists. The eyes and the hair. The human bodies move architectural objects. The architectural objects-backpacks affect the movement of the bodies. The…


Lazarus: gestures of a non-poetic death and more questions about the representation of women

Dying Is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. – Sylvia Plath Still from Lazarus, concept and performance Tuixen Benet A room with a wardrobe. The wardrobe’s door slides to the right, revealing the body of a woman sprawling on the floor in a gesture of falling and in a state of apparent lifelessness. After a few seconds, the woman lifts her head, looks…


The lagoon: human and nature in choreographed structures

A sunset in a mirror; purple, black, orange – soft colours; movement – symmetrical human limbs. A small organism, a small living being. Water. Sand. Purple vegetation. Trembling water. Purple vegetation and a human figure peeking from the edge of the frame. Little flies and water. Purple vegetation, a human figure, boot steps. Countless tiny flies on the horizon. A moving water…


Bodies, cities and moving Barcelona

The black-and-white short Moving Barcelona is the eighth film in London-based director Jevan Chowdhury’s series Moving Cities – dedicated to exploring cities in motion. The concept of the film is easily comprehensible and instantly excites the imagination of anyone who loves the ‘act’ of belonging to a city. The belonging is recognised precisely as an act, as action, related to social…


Depths – the context of the body and the life of the camera in the depths

In the conversation about contemporary art, screendance intrigues more and more artists and researchers, accumulating intellectual and experimental tools and giving more and more arguments for its autonomy among other artistic fields. Necessarily, being part cinema and part dance, it can in reality be viewed and explored through the prism of either art. But in fact the true essence of screendance…


Halfway between screendance and video art, between self and world – Positive Negativity

Thanks to our online conversation with choreographer and artist Iskra Ivanova in the virtual section of the Translation on Air rubric, we learned how significant her environment of artistic associates and friends was in sketching the first traces of creation. It takes place in the field of video art, where Corpus and Positive Negativity materialize. These two video works, in fact, are the first…