Short Film: SONDER, 9min., USA, Dance

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Sonder: n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed. – Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

This film was inspired by a feeling of helplessness in a chaotic time; not knowing where to channel our efforts, our grief, our frustration.

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Short Film: OUROBOROS, 8min., USA, Dance

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One masked dancer threatens the cycle of pursued acceptance met by authoritative rejection when part of her facade falls away and she can truly see.

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Short Film: CHROMATIC VARIATIONS, 3min., Canada, Dance

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Chromatic Variations is a short dance film that brings together several distinct studies exploring the sensory and affective relations between bodies, material, light, and colour. Progressing from abstract imagery to sculptural scenography, the movement from variation to variation offers a constantly shifting perspective on a common set of raw materials, developed through an experimental and playful in-studio process over the course of shooting. In production, we were inspired by the physicality and unpredictability of practical effects and process-filmmaking. Drawing inspiration from the Romantic-era landscapes of J. M. W. Turner, Mark Rothko’s colour-fields, and psychedelia, the film asks viewers to tune in to minute variations in touch, awareness, and texture- an intensity and scope of sensation akin to feeling the hairs on the back of one’s neck stand up.

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Director Biography – Anouk Brouwer (BODY LANGUAGE)

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Anouk Brouwer left her small hometown in The Netherlands at the age of 18 to chase her dreams by attending acting classes at The New York Film Academy. One year later, this was followed by a comprehensive acting course in London.
Acting shaped a psychological part in her that she connects to film making: direction. She instinctively connects personal behaviour with performance, visual identity and artistic expression.
Every day, she investigates and examines cultures and human behavior within the postmodern era. Her films always subjectively question visual expression in the realm of fashion.
Anouk Brouwer is a conceptual filmmaker at the start of her career as a director, seeking to create visual artworks with maximum abstraction, triggering the imagination of the viewer; a permanent quest to leave Earth as it is and reconnect with one’s true inner fantasy.

Director Statement

All work is an act of philosophy

Short Film: BODY LANGUAGE, 5min., Netherlands, Dance

2d2c8e4f6b posterThe philosophical fashion short film consists of three sceneries, in which the protagonist finds herself in three different environments, ultimately affecting the manner in which she moves her body.
The three different settings are a metaphor for fashion brands, each embodying different values and objectives, changing the body language of the protagonist.
Basic movements such as posing and walking are extended and expanded into exploratory dance movements.

Short Film: DANCE WITH A DEMON, 13min., Canada, Dance

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A Demon stalks its prey within the mind of a child, and the consequences of imagination start to seem like reality.
Lost inside a fantasy world of dance, a lost Mother must fight for her survival, or become another victim of the demonic clutches of depression.

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Short Film: TAKAKO VS NINE LIVES, 9min., USA, Dance

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Takako Vs. Nine Lives is screen dance that uses a hybrid dance language and multiple camera perspectives to create parodic feminist interpretation of a three act balletic pas de deux/ three round wrestling match. The choreography, performed to an original score, draws upon vocabulary and aesthetic imagery from professional wrestling, classical ballet, comic books and Japanese manga. The action follows a mythological narrative, with characters behaving according to codes employed in Greek mythology, fairy tales and commedia dell’ arte. A battle unfolds, reflecting the interconnectedness of love and violence, beauty and monstrosity, strength and vulnerability.

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