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Afternoon of the Chimeras
Year:  2006
Running Time:  16 minutes
Country:  Canada
Genre:  Fiction
Cast:  Aszure Barton, Yannick Matthon, William Briscoe, Ariel Freedman, Paulina Kee
Director:  Daniel Conrad

Description:
  This film is built like a fugue in ten short movements. The images are deliberately lush, in the way that Brueghel and Bosch are lush. The theme, human transformation, is expressed by dancers in the roles of chimeras (mythological creatures made of parts of different animals, e.g., centaurs, minotaurs). It was shot in the extreme isolation of Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands), where the dancers and crew survival-camped for a month. Here, chimeras cavorted in the thick moss, volcanic rock, roots, tide pools, seaweed, and sheer cliffs.

Transformation occurs easily and spontaneously between certain kinds of natural forms, as any Inuit sculptor can attest. Such ways of looking are highly developed in cultures such as the Inuit, the Dogon (Mali), or the Kwoma (New Guinea), who live in and with wilderness.

Choreographer: Aszure Barton

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In Attendance: Daniel Conrad (Director)

Festivals:

- Montrťal World
- Valladolid Intíl
- Vancouver Intíl
- New York Dance on Camera
- Zebra Awards (Berlin)
- Kinotanca (Poland)
- Dance Camera Istanbul
- Bilbao Intíl
- VideodanzaBA (Buenos Aires)

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Screening as part of: Music & Dance (Shorts Program)

Thursday, March 20, 2008 @ 3:05pm

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