Translation on Air

A monthly rubric, dedicated on short screen dance films.

LUVOS migrations

The screendance movie, created by Editta Braun & Menie Weissbacher LUVOS migrations leads the viewer to a journey in a seemingly familiar world, inhabited by unknown or invisible to the human…


The prison of the mind is scarier than the prison behind bars

The movie Urban Genesis by the French director and choreographer Fu Le tells us the story of Phuong, who returns back home, to her village, after being released from prison. Le uses documentary…


For time, climate, the Atlanteans and the Atlases…

The movie amser/time of the Welsh choreographer and director Deborah Light takes us on a journey through time and space. The three characters move on the verge between land and sea in three…


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…


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…


The inner storm of “THE END DOES NOT SEE”

The end does not see thrusts us immediately into a nightmare. In a series of blue and black flashes on a boat, harbour lights twinkling in the background, a young, female-appearing protagonist runs…


THE SLEEPWALKERS IN “OUR PLANET DESTINY”

Seven dancers solemnly move across a large sandy plain in Huangshi, Hubei, China. The leader, at the head of the procession, holds up a large branch like a totem. Widescreen shots show us the big…


ABBIOSIS – An awesome invasion

Abbiosis opens in a cave-like space. Among moving shadows and in muted greys, an indiscernible creature is depicted against a rocky backdrop. A pallid mix of limbs and vertebrae, it breathes in on…


On the dynamics between the body and the digital medium in film “Doll+ Body Transmigration in its Ideal Fantasy”

If I had to choose one film that most attracted my attention during the festival of dance and dance cinema Moving Body, it would be Doll+ Body Transmigration in its Ideal Fantasy. The reason for…


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…


If art holds up a mirror to life it must reflect the truth in all its multitudinousness

The stark simplicity of minimalist architecture and the effortless beauty of youth bring a soothing quality to Spanish Director Hadi Moussally’s film. The work is set at the Fundacio Mies Van Der…


The principle of questioning rather than answering is the real revelation

There’s a sense of something deeply and personally held in this film, which illustrates a golden thread of enquiry weaving its way through the course of a lifetime’s practice. It journeys through a…


The pitfalls of identity

Identity has become a dividing line in contemporary political discourse and an important element in geopolitical doctrines on both sides of a new ideological conflict. The human body is at the…


What the body doesn’t know it knows

Drawing from Asian-Pacific heritage, mythology and religion, the dance movie TAIAO unfolds in a flat dramaturgy with a female body taking central stage in a series of black-and-white vignettes. This…


On the self-sufficiency of a movement

“A happier age than ours once made bold to call our species by the name of Homo Sapiens. In the course of time we have come to realize that we are not so reasonable after all as the…


Black bodies under a white gaze

Structured in three dance chapters, intercepted by a documentary style confessional monologue, Making Men is about (the crisis of) masculinity. Four black men from the Brussels-based company Dunia…


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…


Mass – screendance “rapids’’?

Humans have no nature, only history” – José Ortega y Gasset


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…


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…


To dance away the burden of being

Time is the pure (a priori) form of inner sense, i.e., our awareness of our own inner mental states. Time is the a priori formal condition of all appearances in general. – Kant, Critique of…


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


Left alone to ourselves

Art serves man to rise and ascend spiritually above himself, to use what we call spiritual will.  –  Andrei Tarkovsky


Maya Wuytack’s Beyond the Body: A Visual Exercise in Corporeal Mythmaking

As someone whose most aesthetically impressionable age coincided with the early 00s, I was schooled in the poeticality of close-up images of the human body through the MTV channel. Two instances of…


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.…


The freedom to be yourself and the right to live in dignity

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.  – From the “UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS”


Waiting for Color – gravitational and driving forces

Dance, cinema, screendance, activism – one of the unifying characteristics between these concepts is often the movement. We may say that these are arts and forms of movement, or at least forms…


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…


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…


For the poetry of a movement

Universal, beautiful, quiet, ordinary, communal, stripped down, inviting, multiplying, different, close, meditative, soothing, focused, mesmerising, connecting, loving, tender, caring, fragile, here…


The moving atmosphere in heights and depths

All we know of ourselves is just a certain little surface and there is a whole under-earth of complexity to us that, by definition, keeps out of our sight. It is actually absent to us. It comes…


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…


Corpus – the beginning of all beginnings

Bodies don’t take place in discourse or in matter. They don’t inhabit ‘’mind’’ nor ‘’body’’. They take place at the limit, qua limit: limit – external border, the fracture and intersection of…