Danc’in Cinematic Spaces – Cooperation with Teatro San Materno (CH)

Elegia 1938 by Lícia Arosteguy

We are pleased to present a co-curated program on dance, architecture and environment at Teatro San Materno in Ascona (CH) on March 16 and 17, 2024.

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Elegia 1938 by Lícia Arosteguy
Still of “Elegia 1938” by Lícia Arosteguy

We are pleased to present a co-curated program on dance, architecture and environment at Teatro San Materno in Ascona (CH) on March 16 and 17, 2024. Two evenings of screenings in which dance and film converge to give life to a unique form to the art of movement. The selected films embark a sensual as well as critical exploration of the human body interacting with architecture and the urban landscape as well as an embodied reflection on the human relationship with nature.

How do architecture and the urban landscape inform movement? And how do we relate today to nature in crisis? By acknowledging ourselves as an integral part of the ecosystem and becoming part of the flow of its perpetual movement or, on the contrary, by feeling alienated from it?

teatro san materno
via losone 3
PO box 833
CH-6612 ascona
telephone +41 91 792 30 37

We would like to thank Lisa Feretti, Teatro San Materno and all participating artists!


16.3.2024 – 20.30

Les Roses
Billy Cowie | United Kingdom 2023 |00:03:38
Film based on the poem Les Roses by Paul Verlaine.

Elegy 1938
Lícia Arosteguy | Brasil 2022 | 00:02:58
A film based on Carlos Drummond de Andrade’s poem Elegia 1938.

The Spring
Madeline Shann | United Kingdom 2022 | 00:12:39
The Spring is bringing together human and non-human bodies to explore and celebrate the complexity of the natural world and our place in it.

Emilie Lesgourgues | France 2022 | 00:02:55
A poem, a body that wanders, that expresses itself, that rises.

Ruins of the Future
Dorottya Czakó | Brazil 2022 | 00:04:50
A sensitive dance performed in the unfinished building of Cais das Artes (Vitória, Brazil). The film illustrates an archaeological view that graphs the narratives in movements sedimented in the interrupted modern construction when excavating the future ruins of the complex.

Andrea Hackl, Elisa Pol | Netherlands, Italy 2022 | 00:11:00
“Landscapes have a language of their own, expressing the soul of things, lofty or humble, which constitute them, from the mighty peaks to the smallest of the tiny flowers hidden in the meadow’s grass.”

The Shadow Drone Project
Charles Linehan | United Kingdom, Lithuania | 2018 00:09:45
The Shadow Drone Project began as a collaboration between choreographer Charles Linehan and Lithuanian aerialphotographer Karolis Janulis, filming planned and unplanned events in civic and natural environments from an unmanned aerial vehicle. The film occupies the same space that is shared with globalised militarisation and surveillance – crossing both legal and national borders but in a non-violent and non-military context.

17.3.2024 – 17.00

Louise Coetzer | South Africa 2019 | 00:03:30
Lacuna traces the unfilled spaces of the brutalist architecture enveloping the dancer. It is a cinematic study of light and shade, seen and unseen.

Martin Klukas | Germany 2023 | 00:16:05
Processes of questioning, searching, and finding meaning expand the connection to what is satisfying and unifying.

APXH (beginning)
Maja Zimmerlin | Germany 2022 | 00:09:07
Long before the first breath in the lungs of a newborn child, nature spread its wide horizons. APXH (beginning) celebrates the human journey from earth and water to the gift of life.

Lukas Steltner | Germany 2018 | 00:02:28
A dancer in a surrealistic urban surrounding. Searching for a glimpse of blue sky amidst the concrete, urban jungle. The film was shot against the backdrop of a vanishing GDR architecture.

Simone Wierød | Denmark 2020 | 00:03:38
BEYOND is the aesthetic response to one of humankind’s strategies to handle a global pandemic. The film presents a number of absurd and surreal tableaus – a human beings’ awkward attempts of connecting with nature to only find herself more alienated than before.

Alireza Keymanesh, Amir Pousti | Iran 2017 | 00:14:34
‘Flatland’ is an experimental short dance film co-directed by Alireza Keymanesh and Amir Pousti in February 2017 based on a book of the same name written by Edwin Abbott in 1884.