F-O-R-M at Dancing on the Edge Festival 2017

We are thrilled to be a part of Vancouver's Annual Dancing on the Edge Festival! Monday July 10th at 9pm at the Firehall, you will see a mix of 10 films from our 2016 and 2017 season. Thank you DOTE for having us, we hope you enjoy the show! 
Bellow is the program notes and information about films.

 
 
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Faux Solo / Ralph Escamillan and Nancy Lee/ Vancouver BC / F-O-R-M 2016 Commission

Empty space, a human body, and eight articles of clothing. Faux solo explores the dialogue and collaboration between the body, sound, clothing, and the space. Each article of clothing dictates the next move into the unknown space; sound amplifies the impact of the colliding costumes and contrasts to the space surrounding it. In the end, the thread of the film, the human body is left on its own and continues as a remnant of all that has accumulated.
Inspired by the voyeuristic and fantastical feeling of Prada and Nike commercials, shots and images are imbued with a feeling of desire, allure and the impulse for more. The body is on view yet it is also the tool for manipulating the clothing and environment - the subjective/objective, personal/public is continually emphasized and revealed.
Dancer / Choreographer/Producer: Ralph Escamillan
Director: Nancy Lee
DP: Sepehr Samimi
Sound Designer: Stefan Seslija
Gaffer: Donald Risky
MUA: Jess Hawkins
Costumes: Lulu Lemon Lab
Location: The Settlment Building

 
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It tastes like you / Joseph Lee / Hong Kong / 2016

It tastes like you emphasizes the ritual nature of cooking, with body gestures, a specific living space, repetition, concentration and the state of body. All of these reveal the connection with the body and the inner space of the mind during the cooking process and how this connection further provokes human imagination and recalls memories. The kitchen, in the end, is the place where we weep, choose, heal, recover, age, think, cleanse, create food, sometimes kill. Women, traditionally spend so much of their lives in this space, and it deserves to be looked at, closely. To hear, to witness and to feel through the image to the corner of their heart.
Director, Editing and Concept: Joseph Lee
Cinematographer: Shing Lee & Steve Li
Performers: Gabbie Chang, Tiffani Chui, Sabrain Wong, Emily Ng, Camen Li

 
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MGWH / Eliza Sanders / New Zealand / 2015

Heathcliff and himself.
I held my own hand
As a small sign of trust
And together I sat on the fence.
Impression forever young.
A portrait repeated endlessly throughout time. Each iteration etching new lines on our shared and personal narratives of romance.
A moment shared between two men and himself.

Concept, Direction & Choreography: Eliza Sanders
Music: Mario Spate
 Filming & Editing: Jacob Edmonds
Dancers: Mason Kelly, Chris Mills, Jeremy Beck
Artistic assistance: Laura Beanland-Stephens

 
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Spaceman’s Word for Irritating Disturbances / Jamie Robinson and Kurtis Yu / F-O-R-M 2017 Commission / Vancouver BC

Questioning societies ever-changing relationship with technology, the reliance we are developing with it, and recognizing that, just like human relationships, technology has flaws and perception-changing failures.

Choreographer/Artistic Director: Jamie Robinson
Director: Kurtis Yu
Performers: Avery Smith, Elya Grant, Jamie Robinson, Katie Lowen, Zahra Shahab
Rehearsal Director: Sierra Knight
Sound Designer: Patrick Fiore
Camera Operator: Jevan Crittenden
Production Assistant: Lauren Thu
Costuming: Lululemon Lab

 
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Panic Attack / Martha Heart and David Phu / 2015 / Vancouver BC

She explores the relationship between self, mind and body while in a state of inner turmoil. This is a journal entry.

Concept & Performance: Martha Hart
Creation & Direction: David Phu
Camera & Editing: David Phu
Music: Tim Rich

 
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La Version De Nadie / Areli Moran and Gernam Orona / 2016 / Monterrey, Mexico

"....you are more authentic where u resemble what you ́ve dreamed of being.”

Direction: German Orona . Areli Moran
Interpreter: Pablo Arturo Paz
Choreography: Areli Moran
DOP: German Orona/ Ivan Garcia
Sound Design: Rodrgo Zarate Marfil
Editor: German Orona
Costume: Arturo Lugo “El Chino”
Co-Production: Elvados Films / Expectante
Tech Deirector: Edgar Ramirez
Lighting Designer: Jose Cisterna
Location: Teatro Del Centro De Las Artes 

 
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Body Rites / Naomi Berrio-Allen / 2016 / UK

Body Rites uses contemporary dance and movement to explore notions of masculinity and social violence in urban areas. The film was a response to the death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the civil unrest that followed these deaths in Ferguson and Baltimore. Set on the bare concrete canvas of Peckham’s Frank’s, each dancer (choreographed by her brother) masterfully works alongside the abundance of natural light evoking the unshakable primitiveness that remains within modern man, and the ability of the mind and body to resist.

Writing and direction: Naomi Berrio-Allen
Institute of Contemporary Arts for Channel 4
Producers at Institute of Contemporary Arts: Steven Cairns and Thomas Wightman
Producer: Naomi Berrio-Allen
Director of Photography: Alberto Balázs
Choreographer: Solomon Berrio-Allen
Assistant Choreographer: Nicolas Ventura
Editor: Izzy Curry
Sound Mix - Rioch Fitzpatrick
Dancers: Muti Musafiri. Berrio-Allen. Nicolas Ventura, Will Thompson, Rhys Dennis, Jacob Lang

 
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Children Of Takaya / Kattie Coolidge  / F-O-R-M 2016 Commission / Vancouver BC

Dance group Children of Takaya perform the Slahal Dance – Spirit of Slahal.

Slahal is a bone game/hand game/ stick game – it has been played all throughout North America. Two teams would sit across from each other.  There are two bones that could fit into a hand – one is marked and the other is plain. The bones are hidden in clenched fists, and the object is to guess the unmarked bone.  If you guess right the bones are handed off to the other team. Whoever was holding the bones would be singing. The game could go on for days sometimes – sometimes it was used to settle disputes; sometimes it was played just for fun, sometimes it evenprevented war.
The movements of the dancers, the spinning, were to try to confuse the other team so they weren’t sure which hand the bone would be in.
This film melded tradition dances with modern visual arts; placing the dancers in front of mere shots of nature rather than out in nature themselves helps to bring together the traditional with the modern.



 

 
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Mother’s Map / Heather Lamoureux  / F-O-R-M 2017 Commission / California, USA

 

Recalling our self that believes her instincts, that does not apologize for being, that knows there is no hierarchy, that doesn’t retract her heart, that speaks her opinions, that feels, that finds pleasure, that knows life creates life.
We feel vibrancy and power in her pulse, as she suffocates we suffocate; as she is pierced and poisoned our light dwindles. As we touch her magic we remember our story, our divinity and our strength. Simultaneously we recall our attachment to an endless pain, knowing we have taken too much. And so we offer…

Concept and Direction: Heather Lamoureux
Creators and Performers: Lucie Baker, Evelyn Calderón, Rahel El-Maawi, Malou Kalita, Mu and Tatiana Musi
Camera and Editing: Evan Adler
Sound Design: Alex Mah
Location: Filmed on the stolen and unceded lands of the Coastal Miwok peoples (Fairfax, California, USA).

 
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Hell You Talbout / Denzel Boyd, Tyler Rabinowitz, Joseph Webb / 2017 / Seattle, USA

Recalling our self that believes her instincts, that does not apologize for being, that knows there is no hierarchy, that doesn’t retract her heart, that speaks her opinions, that feels, that finds pleasure, that knows life creates life.
We feel vibrancy and power in her pulse, as she suffocates we suffocate; as she is pierced and poisoned our light dwindles. As we touch her magic we remember our story, our divinity and our strength. Simultaneously we recall our attachment to an endless pain, knowing we have taken too much. And so we offer…

Director: Denzel Boyd, Tyler Rabinowitz, Joseph Webb
Producer: Tyler Rabinotitz
Key Cast: Northwest Tap Connection