The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Hommage à Mouvement Perpétuel : 20 ans de création

Canada | 2020 | 88 min
Cast: Natasha Bakht, Peter Trosztmer, Catherine Lipscombe, Byron Chief-Moon, Marc Béland, Marc Daigle, Benoît Lachambre, Ken Roy, Dana Michel, Lady C, Étienne “ATN” Lou, Shantala Shivalingappa
Choreography: Natasha Bakht, Thea Patterson, Byron Chief-Moon, Charmaine LeBlanc, Dana Michel, Shantala Shivalingappa
Director: Philip Szporer, Marlene Millar


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For the past 20 years, the company Mouvement Perpétuel, founded by Marlene Millar and Philippe Szporer, has produced and directed numerous films dedicated to dance, many of which have won awards at several festivals. To celebrate their company's 20th anniversary, they offer us a selection of their best short films, as well as a medium-length film. A unique opportunity to see or rediscover these film treasures.

1. Moments in Motion/Au fil du mouvement - Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer - 6 min 5 s

Moments in Motion/Au fil du mouvement is a series of seven short films profiling Canadian choreographers, each powerful voices from the new generation. From diverse cultures and backgrounds, these artists are all cultivating new ground, questioning the established codes and redefining the language of choreography. The film presents their distinct worlds through cinéma-vérité and dance for camera sequences. By infiltrating their communities, studios and homes, the camera seizes the essence of their day-to-day worlds. Tonight's film features Natasha Bakht from Ottawa.

2. a soft place to fall - Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer - 5 min 16 s

"a soft place to fall" is is a dance-film that investigates a couple’s shifting relationship. This dance tells the passionate story of a man and a woman and the humour and peril of becoming vulnerable to each other as the two move through states of obsessiveness and determination. Colour saturated, the aesthetic supports the playfulness in the dance as well as the caustic, tender and poignant qualities of the relationship.
Choreographer: Thea Patterson
Dancers: Peter Trosztmer and Catherine Lipscombe

3. Butte - Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer - 5 min 42 s

Poetic and sensual, Butte unfolds over the course of a day, marking the progression of time at four key points – sunrise, mid-day, late afternoon, and sundown. Filmed on the Blood Reserve in the plains and ancestral grounds of Southern Alberta, the camera instinctively accentuates dancer-choreographer Byron Chief-Moon’s deep connection to the land. The film captures images of nature and the connectiveness with the land – undulating waves of wild grass, the slow passage of clouds, pastoral, woodland thicket, and streams. The body as landscape is the central image; where the flesh, bone and muscle become synonymous with the land.

4. Quarantaine - Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer - 48 min

An adaptation of the stage work Quarantaine 4x4 by Charmaine LeBlanc. Through personal accounts, choreographed sequences and illustrations rises a profound questioning about fear, ageing, misactions, the place of the father, or sexuality. Carried by four exceptional performers, the production successfully reaches a subtle equilibrium between gravity and humour.

5. The Greater the Weight - Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer - 5 min 24 s

A reflection on the moment when one stumbles, whether by accident or on purpose. Sometimes one can recover quickly and get up again...sometimes it's not that easy. The result is an exploration of the body as an instrument in a symphony of rupture and flow.
Choregrapher: Dana Michel

6. CRU - Lady C - Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer - 4 min 16 s

This documentary web-series for La Fabrique culturelle (Télé-Québec) is about shedding the “right” light on the energy of the expanding street dance culture in Montréal, working with the creators and artists at the heart of the movement. CRU is hosted by the exuberant, inquisitive “popper” and emerging actor “ATN” (Étienne Lou), who is immersed in this incredibly popular dance form and community. ATN brings his contagious energy and knowledge to the interviews with the selected three artists (Lady C, Soulstep, Monstapop). The encounters are both humouristic and informative, relaxed while keeping it real.

7. Bhairava - Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer - 13 min 45 s

Bhairava is a short dance film that evokes facets of Shiva, the Lord of Dance, as both the destructor of evil and the guardian of time. In this work, dancer and choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa embodies the powerful and omnipresent persona of Bhairava, creating a vivid incarnation of the deity.


Marlene Millar

Filmmaker Marlene Millar has created dance, documentary and experimental media productions since 1989. She earned her BFA in Film Production at Concordia University in Montreal, pursued graduate filmmaking studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and received a Pew Dance Media Fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Marlene co-founded the production company Mouvement Perpétuel with Philip Szporer in 2001, co-creating internationally acclaimed arts documentaries, dance films and installations. Other directing credits include the Migration Dance Film Project series, winner of over twenty awards and prizes. Marlene‘s most personal and ambitious project to date is the essay installation WITNESS, recently featured in her solo exhibition at THRESHOLD ARTSPACE in Perth, UK, along with 30 works that she has created or co-created (1989-2019). Marlene is committed to supporting the creative practice of independent filmmaking, mentoring emerging artists and leading workshops across Canada and internationally.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Filmography | Traverse (2019) ; Pilgrimage (2017) ; Bhairava (2017) ; Lay Me Low (2015) ; CRU (2015) ; Lost Action: Trace (2011) ; Byron Chief-Moon: Grey Horse Rider (2007) ; The Hunt (2005) Au fil du mouvement (2004)

Philip Szporer

Montreal-based filmmaker, writer, and lecturer, Philip Szporer has been immersed in the Canadian dance world for the past 35 years. He is founder and director, with Marlene Millar, of the award-winning arts film production company, Mouvement Perpétuel. He teaches at Concordia University's Contemporary Dance department and the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability, and is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship (National Dance/Media Project, UCLA), the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize (Canada Council of the Arts), and a Distinguished Teaching Award from Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts. Philip has also served as artistic advisor for interactive exhibits and installations, including the Corps rebelles/Rebel Bodies exhibition at the Musée de civilisation in Québec City, and the Toile Mémoire interactive dance-map project created by the Regroupement québécois de la danse, and as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Massachusetts).

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Filmography | Bhairava (2017) ; Inquiry Into Time and Perception, Study #1 (2016) ; CRU (2015) ; Lost Action: Trace (2011) ; Byron Chief-Moon: Grey Horse Rider (2007) ; The Hunt (2005) ; Au fil du mouvement (2004)

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