Cineda:ns – Being Jerome Bel (2019)
Directors: Sima Khatami and Aldo Lee
Dance Artist: Jérôme Bel
In 2015, artist/choreographer Jérôme Bel gave Sima Khatami and Aldo Lee free reign to film him at work. But to make a film on Bel is to embark on a paradoxical project: how does one direct an anti-director? At the risk of the film turning on itself, how does one remain an author in the face of a world-renowned artist known for his work on the death of the author?
Curated by Cinemovement
Creative encounters, artistic identities and intimate gestures intertwine in Cineda:ns with three evenings of dance films curated by Cinemovement. This year, da:ns festival 2021 presents international films which range from choreographer documentaries to meditations on the creative possibilities generated by dance made for screen.
Our first evening’s self-reflexive dance documentary on French enfant terrible Jérôme Bel by Sima Khatami and Aldo Lee embraces contradiction, giving us an intimate view of the artistic process and discourse of collaboration between the filmmakers and a choreographer notorious for resisting direction.
The second evening sees Hybrid Motion, a dance-themed anthology of four short films, presenting a lush illustration of intimate dialogues between Hong Kong and Singaporean film- and dancemakers attempting to redefine the boundaries of their respective practices. Including Singapore’s very own Aaron Khek Ah-hock, Ix Wong Thien-pau, and Liao Jiekai.
Finally, lovers of architecture will be transported in Henrique Pina’s Body-Buildings, a site specific collaboration with six choreographers that recontextualises six iconic Portuguese buildings within the lexicon of movement more familiar to dance.
These innovative works of different forms and methods of construction allow us to look at familiar genres with fresh eyes, exploring new possibilities for how dance and film may intersect in da:ns festival 2021.