Point Taken is an interdisciplinary dance film project initiated by the Dutch Cultural Media Fund and the Per- forming Arts Fund NL in collaboration with the Dutch national broadcaster NTR and Cinedans. Each of the five teams of Netherlands-based filmmakers and choreographers created a short dance film. The premiere of these five films took place during Cinedans Dance on Screen 2013.
DIRECTOR: ARNO DIERICK | CHOREOGRAPHY: EMIO GRECO & PIE TER C. SCHOLTEN | PRODUCER: CARAMEL PICTURES | NL | 2013 | 12’40”
A man feels himself to be a stranger in his own life but does nothing to change it. The film was inspired by Albert Camus’ novel The Stranger in which the central character sees through the absurdity of life and draws the correct conclusion. Dierickx’s style focuses on a compelling, well-defined narrative and a psychological approach to multifaceted characters. Greco and Scholten’s dance idiom draws on the non-psychological human body, which acquires new meaning in an abstract world. This contrapuntal relationship underlies their joint film.
DIRECTOR: MICHIE L VAN JAARSVELD | CHOREOGRAPHY: THOM STUART | PRODUCER: DUTCH MOUNTAIN MOVIES | NL | 2013 | 8’25”
Symptoms of influenza mean the last days in the life of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele (1890-1918) seem to be played out beyond the confines of a set time and space. His stylised portraits come to live and edge him further towards death. Choreographer Stuart has transformed his images into a transparent movement language that by turns follows and ignores the music by Alexander von Zemlinsky. The rawly expressive and confrontational imagery reflects the powerful effect of Schiele’s drawings and paintings.
DIRECTOR: CHAJA HER TOG & NIR NADLER | CHOREOGRAPHY: AITANA CORDERO VICO | PRODUCER: FAMILY AFFAIR FILMS | NL | 2013 | 10’04’”
An abnormal phenomenon occurs in an olive grove when one of the trees suddenly starts wildly shaking its branches, provoking an uprising. As the natural protest heightens, the riot squad thunders through the landscape, seeking to suppress the rebellion. This film is inspired by ancient methods of olive harvesting, which combined cultivation and aggression.
DIRECTOR: LEENDERT POT | CHOREOGRAPHY: HILLARY BLAKE FIRESTONE | PRODUCER: INTERAKT | NL | 2013 | 9’42”
This dance of objects, landscape and associations intermingles moving tents and dancers’ bodies to create a kaleidoscopic choreography hovering between abstraction and intimacy. The stark, graphic imagery this produces alludes to current social and political events, and our shared human experience. The uniquely textured, geometric landscape of the Hondsbossche Seawall plays host to this continuously shifting carnival of forms.
DIRECTOR: BOUDEWIJN KOOLE | CHOREOGRAPHY: JAKOP AHLBOM | PRODUCER: JONGENS VAN DE WIT | NL | 2013 | 12’24’
One space; two people: a man and woman. Two strands of consciousness and time become entwined. In the first, a mother and son are connected in a loving game. In the second, her body goes into decline and she is drawn off to the side, their hands slipping from one another’s. This film explores the boundaries between life and death, body and soul, and reality and imagination.