2022 San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Screendance IV: Two Mothers (CA Only) | 2022 San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Expired December 1, 2022 8:15 AM
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Multidisciplinary American artist and Fulbright Scholar Samantha Shay describes her work for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch as “a multilayered portrait of experiences, a constellation of how the personal resounds beyond human experience, yet can somehow point back to something as simple as a childhood memory.” Then fasten your seat belts for Hofesh Shechter’s directorial debut with Political Mother: The Final Cut, a wild ride of a film with an infectious rhythm that builds into a frenzied explosion of movement and expression.

Mother Melancholia, by Samantha Shay, is a multi-layered portrait of four women and a eulogy for the planet. Set to Sóley’s album of the same title, the music is a self-proclaimed soundtrack for the end of the world as we know it. Co-commissioned by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, the dance film approaches patriarchal politics and ecofeminism through an unguarded, unsettlingly beautiful meditation on the difficulty, and immediacy of being fully present in the world. Filmed in the surreal and eroding Icelandic landscape, Mother Melancholia is a quiet, yet urgent conduit between the internal world of the human experience, and the planet we inhabit.

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    29:34 minutes
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    Choreographer: Smantha Shay
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    Smantha Shay