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Cinedans 2022 Shorts XL Inhabiting Life Mother Melancholia

Shorts XL: Inhabiting Life

Cinedans Festival 2022

From dancing barbers in Brazil to encounters with whales, full of fantasy, humour, vigour and tenderness, this out-of-competition section offers a panoramic view on dance and our human experience. We include longer shorts, documentaries and performance relays and we hope you get carried away by every single story.

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Mother Melancholia

Director: Samantha Shay

Choreography: Samantha Shay

Year completed: 2022

Country of production: Iceland, Germany

Duration: 29:26

Mediating between the internal and external, four women share the beauty, difficulty and immediacy of being present in the world. Co-commissioned by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and filmed in Iceland, Mother Melancholia is a strikingly and hauntingly beautiful film, a multi-layered collage set to a soundtrack for the end of the world.


Director: Marine Chesnais, Vincent Bruno

Choreography: Marine Chesnais

Year completed: 2021

Country of production: France

Duration: 29:03

Marine Chesnais is a dancer and choreographer that comes from a family of sailors and navigators. In July 2020, she decided to go to Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to meet humpback whales. Her experience of the big blue, opened a threshold, a space of discovery of the other and a rediscovery of oneself. Her hypnotic bio-inspired dance, shot on breath-hold, questions our way of inhabiting life.

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Cinedans 2022

In five full days, Cinedans presents the state of the art of international dance film in partnership with dancescreen - IMZ International Music + Media Center Vienna.

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