MOVING BODIES, MOVING IMAGE
Saturday 6th Feb, 4pm
WANDA is delighted to host a programme of screen dance films from the island of Ireland. This small selection of films touch on some of the themes and issues the festival aim to address every year. Although the medium has been around for decades the shift to making works for screen has gained in exposure over the past number of years. Particularly at this time with theatres and galleries closed dance on screen is one of the only ways to experience contemporary choreography.
Directed by Mary Wycherley
Choreographer: Liz Roche
Poetry: Elaine Feeney
WRoNGHEADED film is a direct response to the on-going call for the repeal of the 8th amendment in the Irish Constitution- an amendment that introduced a constitutional ban on abortion in 1983. Intense physicality in confined spaces and abstract poetic narratives portray a deep sense of desperation, struggle, loss and unrest. WRoNGHEADED was commissioned by and made in collaboration with Liz Roche Company.
(The 8th amendment was repealed in June 2019, but the fight for abortion care in Ireland and across the world still continues)
Welcome to a Bright White Limbo
Directed by Cara Holmes
Combining poetical narration and dance performance, this visually arresting and visceral film dives into the mind and creative process of Oona Doherty’s award-winning dance show ‘Hope Hunt.’ Shot on the streets of a housing estate in Belfast, Oona explores gender expression, class identity and a sense of place, through movement.
Directed by Aine Stapleton
In 1915, James Joyce and Nora Barnacle traveled with their young children Giorgio and Lucia to Switzerland to escape the turmoil of World War I. Lucia later trained as a dancer and performed throughout Europe. Her career ended when, in the early 1930s, she was forced into psychiatric care and underwent treatment at various hospitals across Europe.
Horrible Creature is filmed at locations in Switzerland where Lucia spent time, including her primary school in Zurich, the Madonna Del Sasso monastery in Locarno, and a Psychiatric Hospital near Geneva.
Here, Lucia’s own writing, interpreted by a cast of international dance artists, conjures her world between 1915 and 1950. The film fearlessly explores her difficult family life, her unproven illness, and her undoubted talent.
Directed by Eileen McClory & Conan McIvor
An intimate dance film reflecting life in lockdown at 39 weeks’ pregnant. Navigating the new normal, the 3rd trimester, the shut-down, the social distancing, the appointments, the confined spaces, the incubating, the stretching skin, the rigid joints, the rigid laws, the panic, the panic buying, the physical boundaries, the physical limitations, the hormones, the nurturing, the detachment, the waiting, the repetition, repetition, repetition… The passing of time felt only through my growing tummy.
Created and Choreographed by Jessie Keenan
Filmed and Edited by Finn Keenan
Fragments considers the imperfect and unstable nature of memory through an intricate and delicately nuanced dance work. This intimate dance experience invites the audience into a strange and beautiful world of detailed movement, architectural physical forms, fractured video, and shifting soundscapes. With this work, Keenan asks the question: what can we hold on to as our memories alter or even disappear completely?
Tides was produced as part of the company's three-year inter-generational programme engaging people aged between 9 and 92 years across communities in Ahoghill, Ballymena, Ballymoney and Belfast. The programme involved the delivery of two large-scale performance projects and the creation of three short, arts-based films. The films have been screened at a number of festivals and events across Ireland, as well as in England, Scotland, Germany and France.
DU Dance (NI) is a professional dance development company based in Belfast working across the island of Ireland, the UK and internationally. The company operates an inclusive policy of participation, without preconception of ability. Its programmes vary in length and scale and include inter-generational, cross-community and inter-cultural work. The company is committed to building new audiences and to training and sharing skills.
Tickets for full programme £4