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When I dance

A documentary about the artistic research of four dancers interpreting the stories of some refugees

When I dance

A documentary about the artistic research of four dancers interpreting the stories of some refugees

€25
pledged of €3,000pledged of €3,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 14 2015 5:06 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated October 18, 2016

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When I dance

Ca.75 Minutes

Colour

Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, Urdu

https://www.facebook.com/whenIdancefilm

"When I Dance" is a feature-length documentary about the artistic research of four dancers from Israel, Spain, and Italy, and the approach they take to interpret with their bodies the stories of some refugees. The film will follow the process of the dancers during their research and aims to portray how a non-refugee can connect to the experiences of a refugee, and to reflect about ourselves in this relationship. 

I started the dance-theatre project "Connecting Fingers" as an experiment, with the idea that it would turn into a film. I wanted to follow the idea of using the body to represent a story. Many elements from the interviews I conducted with refugees combined to create a dramaturgy in a way that I did not expect. I did not know where it was leading, but I was interested in the process of how my dancers would get involved emotionally and physically, confronting themselves while interpreting stories which belong to other people. In analyzing this process, I realized that there is much more to discover. This is the how the idea of the film "When I Dance" was born.

The project will focus on the work of the dancers who decided to take part in the performance “Connecting Fingers” that had its premiere in Berlin at the English Theatre in June,2015. The show shares stories from some refugees who live or have lived in camps outside Berlin. The refugees were interviewed about their personal lives, and they shared private anecdotes and political situations they experienced.

Through the interviews, every dancer interpreted in a solo or duo a specific dramaturgy written for him/her. The film will show the process of the dancers working on the preparation of the performance, parts of the interviews with both the refugees and the dancers, as well as parts of the show.

The idea of the project came to life in December 2014, when I discovered the presence of refugees seemingly hidden on the peripheries of Berlin. During the development of this project, the continuous arrival of a huge number of refugees to Berlin has had a big impact on the city and on individuals, now more than ever. The effect that the arrival of refugees had on me provoked the necessity to understand who they are, which stories they have, how did they lived before.

I had the opportunity to see some shows about refugees in theatres: the actors were standing and playing monologues of refugees. I thought that something was missing in this kind of show, and that there was too much separation between the actors/characters and the audience. The missing step for me was to involve the physical body to create a reaction, tension, a different involvement with the audience. Of course all the people I interviewed have a different background and a particular reason for moving from their countries, and it would be superficial to think that listening the stories of a small group of them could give a clear portrait of the people who are now asking for asylum.

Primarily, my aim is to change the belief that being a refugee is a permanent condition and to try to imagine him/her in a normal life like he/she had before. I thought there was a possibility to represent their individual stories through dance, and more than this, I wanted to see how my dancers could get closer to those stories and use their personal experiences to give them a voice through their bodies. The interviews explored their emotions, their simple anecdotes, and their memories, that maybe don’t have a universal impact but can become important once the dancers start to feel them as their own stories. The decision to work with dancers was made because body language is universal and can build a bridge between different cultures. The body has very communicative powers:it talks about human beings, it deletes social and ethnic distinctions,and connects people from different groups. More than this, it has a special gift: memory. The challenge of this documentary is to connect the audience with the subject through this kind of memory. Bodies have their own way to portray stories: they create dialogues without words, silence without the absence of sounds. 

In this project, the bodies of the performers talk about their identities in a repurposed place that doesn’t belong specifically to the protagonist of each story, to the performer, or to the audience, but, surprisingly, belongs to all of them.

Documentary’s aims: The film aims to create the context to have more interest in refugees and in their personal lives. It shows a particular approach to their emotions/stories and explores a possible relationship between refugees and non-refugees (in this case the dancers) with the positive perspective of a mutual and horizontal exchange and researches new ways to make different cultures closer.

Narrative Treatment: I will use the more beautiful moments of the research in dance and the improvisations as driving elements to tell the process of the performance. The interviews of the refugees will be alternated with the rehearsals and the dancer interviews.

Who we are:

Me (Daniela Lucato)as Director/Editor/Producer My Dancers: Liat Benattis, Nicola Campanelli, Ana Cotoré, Maia Pik Choreographer Assistant: Alessio Trevisani Cameraman: Jacopo Pantaleoni ,Vlad Margulis, Simone Trotta, Ian Wood  Music: Jacopo Vannini, David Travers Sound Designer: Jacopo Vannini/Kolloagency Colour:Felix Trolldenier/TROLLFILM (both also involved in THE BIRTHDAY Short Film)

Cultural Mediator: Katrin Janetzki Activist: Adeel Ahmed Activist: Asif Gilani

Why we need your help: We almost have all the footage for the film but we need money for the post-production: editing/color grading/Music/Sound Post/Translations/Promotion and Distribution.


Risks and challenges

I guess a Documentary is always a challenge. The refugee theme is so much present in our days and the particular perspective I give with this project can of course represent a risk. I believe in this film, in the people I worked with, in what they have to say, in the story we want to tell.
At some point when you really believe in something you just have to make it.

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