DFA Global is pleased to present three short films for this international program: KIELI BI filmed in Kazakhstan, Welcome To A Bright White Limbo filmed in Ireland, and A Monologue in the Intermission filmed in Bulgaria bring together the very different stories of three women and their contrasting experiences dancing.
Dana Mussa and Alexander Murphy, France/Kazakhstan, 2019, 30m
Kazakh with English Subtitles
North American Premiere
KIELI BI (meaning “sacred dance” in Kazakh language) is an art film, a dance film and also a film on the theme of Woman – her body and spirit. The film recounts through dance the spiritual voyage of dancer and choreographer Dana Mussa who returns to visit her motherland Kazakhstan after an absence of 8 years work as a dancer in Paris. A voyage in time and space, extending back centuries to the time when Women were the Hunters, Riders, Amazons, Shaman, Priestesses, Queens and Goddesses. Shot in incredibly gorgeous locations, Mussa’s strong, authentic movements are both dramatic and poetic.
Welcome To A Bright White Limbo
Cara Holmes, Ireland, 2019, 11m
Oona Doherty is a Belfast based dancer and choreographer. She is bold, complex, arresting, and ambitious. This innovative, poetic and visually arresting documentary is a portrait of Oona and the creative process of her powerful award winning show ‘Hope Hunt’.
A Monologue in the Intermission
Peter Vulchev, Bulgaria, 2018, 25m
New York Premiere
A Monologue in the Intermission is an intimate portrait of the prima ballerina Vessa Tonova. The movie was filmed in just six hours, during the ballet “Swan Lake” in Sofia Opera and Ballet in 2014. During this short time, filled with adrenaline and stress, Vessa Tonova makes the most sincere confession about her life. Filmed entirely in her dressing room, Vessa talks about what she has created and sacrificed and her fears that the end of her career is close.