THE DANCE OF THE SUN
AMI SKÅNBERG DAHLSTEDT, FOLKE JOHANSSON, 2013
JAPAN/SWEDEN | SWEDISH AND JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | FORMAT: DCP | 58 MINUTES
Q&A with Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt!
Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt is a Swedish choreographer immersed in Japanese mythology. She is drawn to the haunting legend that serves as the basis for much of Japan’s dance and theater, both classical and contemporary: The Sun Goddess, who hides in a cave, plunging the word into darkness, until the Goddess of Laughter lures her out with “crazy dancing” and the world returns to light. Dahlstedt’s journey also takes her to Kyoto, where she practices alongside her teacher, the beautiful Nishikawa Senrei. We also meet shrine maidens, a flutist who plays a 600-year-old instrument, transgender artists, and many others.
The Realm of Nothingness
Kathy Rose, USA, 2013, DCP, 7m
A dance of puppet-like figures and mesmerizing forms accompanied by percussive rhythms. Kathy Rose, fascinated by Noh and Japanese theater, creates a magical spectacle in which figures flow and drip in a universe of their own.