Land.Scapes from the SEA
Dance Films looking into the past and present, the myth, stories and the voids of dance films from Philipine, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.
Suprapto Suryodarmo's Silent Path
Directed by Deny Ardianto
Indonesia | 2020 | 12’47
Suprapto Suryodarmo is an inventor and practitioner of Amarta Movement, a form of non- stylised
movement practice that draws on free movement. Rather than a movement format or technique, Amerta supports people to move with sensitivity to the atmosphere. Prapto said through moving we can reintegrate parts of our self and become a part of our environment. This film is his short documentary about his daily life and his Amarta Movement.
Director: Thay Littichai / Littichai Siriprasitpong
Artist & Choregrapher: Dujdao Vadhanapakorn
Thailand | 2018 | 10 mins
(Thai in English subtitles)
The artist’s body converses with an abandoned building owned East Asiatic Company Thailand. The structure, built in 1884 was used by the Danish company as their headquarters during the colonial era. The body is sceptical of the meta-statement: ‘Thailand has never been colonized’. It explores the wrecked building when the artist begins to embody the conversation. A form of body movement, a trace of colonization gradually emerges. The question, “How much do we own the way we are?” begins to resonate and become the starting point of this exploration.
An Invocation to the Earth
Directed by Yeo Siew Hua
Singapore | 2020 | 16 mins
Conceived and performed during the 7th month of the lunar calendar (Ghost Festival) -in the midst of burning effigies and rainforests- the film is based on a spell to resurrect spirits, calling back old vendettas and new friendships, like that of the Buaya and Kancil folklore. Meanwhile, other spectral entities return to witness the dance and display, in hopes that they may possess us with their spirit.
Directed by Sari Dalena Choreography: Myra Beltran
Philipine | 1997 | 29’50
A bride walks on the desert. She takes off her bridal ornaments and turns into a harlot. A multitude of people crawl on their bellies, become sick and soon die. A volcano erupts. White ashes of lahar cover the earth. The bride remembers her betrothal and repents–symbolically paving the way for the resurrection of her people. A final bridal march into a new heaven and earth takes place.
CCDC Commissioned Work Selections
Mountains, Seas, Panorama
Wilfred WONG, BLUE Ka-wing
Hong Kong | 2020 | 21'
“Kua-fu chases after the sun. He feels thirsty when he gets close with to the sun, so he quickly drinks all the water in the Yellow and Wei rivers, and even the large lake in the North when he is not satisfied. Before he arrives, he dies of thirst. After death, his cane turns into a forest of peach trees.”*
Migrating from place to place, our hearts rest in peace whenever there are spirits.
* from the ancient Chinese folk tale, Kua-fu Chases after the Sun in Scripture of Mountain and Sea
夸父追日 – 《山海經》
Zelia ZZ TAN
Hong Kong | 2020 | 10'
In a city, people are flowing ceaselessly, like a river. She wants to speak… but she can’t find the right words.
Mask, no, it can be touched. It can be worn on everyone’s face.
Crossing the flyovers, drifting around the corners of the world, she and he step into a rapidly changing dream. They wait at the airport, watching the surge of time and space.
Can a spoon catch all the tears? It stays on the spine and reflects light.
The harmonica is played again and again. Waves reach the coast in slow motion.
What is ‘Flow’? What is ‘Moving’?
OhI Million Fist!
Hong Kong | 2017 | 7'
Dance and martial arts share the same origin. Having practised martial arts for years, a long term practitioner of martial arts, dancer Hugh Cho collaborates with fight director Master Yuen Fai to develop a choreography based on fight scenarios. Playing with camera angles and speed of movement, Cho and Yuen merge dance with action movie and its shooting technique to create a new kind of screendance.
Where Is Romance Placed?
Hong Kong | 2017 | 5'
Lover in the City is CCDC dancer Malvina Tam’s film debut. Through integrating contemporary dance with video art, it shoes a unique view of Hong Kong urbanscape. A romantic duet set against the dirt and chaos of markets, alleyways and construction sites, it examines the symbolism of these locations and how we perceive romance – love and light, sickness and darkness – and the relationship between body and city.
Come Rain or Shine
Hong Kong | 2019 | 12'
In a society of extreme distortion, people lives like ants and they actually don’t mind about it. Sunlight may not be inevitable, and in fact the rain may bring more clarity to the mind and body. The ant is getting more used to being abused, actually enjoying it, because rain and snow brings more vitality to them. Will it die? Maybe…but at least it walked through the path with courage and wisdom.
在是非黑白癲倒的社會, 螻蟻已不介意自己是螻蟻。陽光已非必然, 反而雨水或許會使頭腦及身體更清醒。到了一個地步, 螻蟻漸漸習慣被虐待, 因為雨及雪反而令螻蟻變得更有生命力。會死嗎? 可能會….但至少牠帶着勇氣及智慧走過這段路。
Hong Kong | 2017 | 13'
The journey of a funeral flowers delivery man searching for an address, travelling across Sheung Wan from Hollywood Road to Tai Ping Shan Street, caught between moment of condolences, the past and the ever changing landscapes. This film is inspired by Nagano Shigeichi’s photographic book, Hong Kong Reminiscence 1958 and re-imagined further of hidden stories of trapped souls in old houses destined for demolition.
1958 Delivery had its World Premiere in the Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival 2017
Dancecology presented the 2020 Around Taiwan Dance Film Project: Motion Body beyond Island Scenery. This project is leading by artistic director of Dancecology, Peng Hsiao-yin, inviting Lai-Yu-man, WILLIAM LÜ and Peng as 3 mentors for the professional workshops and their 3 site-specific dance films shooting in Changhua, Tainan and Taitung.
“Today’s Special” is an independent program curated by Ergao from Guangzhou since 2020. Like a daily special with surprises, the program is incoporated in different festivals and events in an organic, irregular manner. In this edition of ROLLOUT, we will be screening a new menu of “Today’s Special”. In this menu, the best local “dishes” from around China with the tastes of #fluidity, #exile and #nostalgia will be served.
《是日例牌》是廣州的二高表演於2020年發起的獨立策展單元，它將會以隨機的模式，有機鑲嵌到不同藝術節以及藝術項目之中。這次於ROLLOUT再次以「是日例牌」之名，於內地全國徵集舞蹈影像作品，最後為澳門觀眾送上一道由內地多個地區炮製的菜色 --《是日例牌》，一道關於 #流動、#流放、#觀察鄉愁（Nostalgia）之地方菜。
Wish By The Sea
Shiya Lu 盧詩雅
China 中國 | 2020 | 3'19
A person drifting overseas, a home-style dish from childhood, two opposing videos connect the inner world and landscape, bringing out a very personal nostalgia.
Shiya Lu is a performing producer and artist living and working in Sydney. Currently, she is a Project Producer at Shaun Parker & Company, one of Australia's most highly acclaimed contemporary dance companies. She is a Dayell Scholar at the University of Sydney studying Art History and Visual Arts. Born in Sichuan Province, China, Shiya has worked in the UK, Thailand, Norway, and Australia as a producer and art journalist.
Jingqiu Guan 管競秋
China 中國 | 2019 | 10'44
Confronting conflicting values, a young woman returned to her home country to rediscover what has shaped her own beliefs by tracing different lessons bestowed to her from her grandmother, her father and her son.
Originally from Chengdu, China, Jingqiu Guan is currently pursuing her PhD in Culture and Performance at the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. Her dissertation explores the aesthetics and politics of screendance in mainland China and how these works engage with China's postsocialist modernity. Jingqiu's dance films and documentaries have been screened in a number of screendance festivals and film festivals in various cities in the US, the UK, Norway, Spain, Austria, Mexico, mainland China, and Hong Kong, for instance: San Francisco Dance Film Festival, ADF's Movies by Movers Festival, Dance Camera West, Jumping Frames International Video Dance Festival, and many more. Her experimental dance film "Afar" received the Best Student Film Award in MarDelDance Film Festival in 2018, and her recent dance film "Family Portrait" received the Grand Jury Award at Chicago's International Dance Film Festival in 2020 and Best Student Film Award at San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Her research has been published in The International Journal of Screendance Studies, The Journal of Media Practice and Education and Dialogs com a arte.
Zelia ZZ Tan 譚之卓
China 中國 | 2020 | 9'55
In a city, people flow ceaselessly, like rivers. She says…but, stops short.
Masks. No, they are not untouchable. They are on your face, or in your face?
Across the overpass, drifting around the corners of the world, she and he step into a rapidly changing dream. They wait at the airport, seeing the surge of time and space.
Can the spoon catch the tears? It stays on the spine, reflecting light.
The melodica is played again and again. Spume move gently along the shore.
What is Flowing ? What is Moving?
Zelia ZZ Tan
Zelia ZZ Tan is a young experimental dance film director based in Hong Kong.
She has created 4 short films. “Over Here?” was commissioned by Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival 2020. "Moon Paradox I" was official selected in 8 film festivals in 2020. “ Blank” was a finalist of the Jumping Frames Competition 2016. “My White” was shot in the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2016.
Her cinematic style is poetic and abstract. She is interested in exploring human psychology and identities in an ultra-complex urban context. Parallel narratives and visual metaphors are deployed to create multiple dimensions in time and space. The dances in the films are not conventional stage styles, but fragmented movement reconstructed to articulate stories of the Body.
Zelia is a professional dancer in City Contemporary Dance Company, after graduating with first honor from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. A versatile artist, she has years of experience in Chinese ink painting and ballroom dance. She has danced in 14 countries, including some esteemed festivals and events. An adventurous spirit cultivates her insight into art, and life.
香港城市當代舞蹈團專業舞者，曾與多位知名編舞家合作，如黎海寧、桑吉加、Kim Jae Duk、Dam Van Huynh, Kuik Swee Boon等。畢業於香港演藝學院（一級榮譽）。
China 中國 | 2020 | 2'6
I am rooted but I flow. —— Adeline Virginia Woolf
YUAN was born in 1995. Her creation involves a variety of media including painting, installation, video and body. She often explores the tenderness and cruelty of relationships through gritty expressions from the perspective of an observer and interloper. She graduated with a BA in Chinese Painting from the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts in 2018 and an MA in Creative Media from the City University of Hong Kong in 2020. Now she works and lives in Guangzhou, her unfamiliar hometown.