A documentary film by Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
BARE

The film follows a making of Anima Ardens, a performance based on a dark animalistic energy and a ritual by a Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits with eleven male dancers.
Dancers are a great breed of people. And they really want to dance so you don't have to beg them to work. However, dancers sometimes build walls around themselves because they are presenting themselves all the time: dancing is very much a confession.
Suzanne Farrell , American ballerina
Thierry Smits and his team are going through a process of the audition, rehearsals and the premiere. The journey reveals internal artistic conflicts between the group and the choreographer, their personal challenges during several months of building the piece. The story will lead from the observational to more personal point of view, where discoveries about life during the creation and the fragility of dancers will let us see them larger that just "an art object".
Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Film Director

Dance is one of the most exciting theme you can work with as a filmmaker, because it has a strong connection with the visuality. I made a film about contemporary dance movement in Japan - butoh. This experience helped me to develop my new project "Bare" which is also dealing with a performing art.

One of the main goal was not only to show an original working method of the choreographer Thierry Smits and his new piece, but to reveal his relationship with dancers and their transformation by the end of the creation

With this documentary I would like to reach a wider amount of subjects, so it will be interesting not only as "a dance film", but as more complex experimental work with an intriguing storyline and an emotional content.
Aleksandr M. Vinogradov
Film Director

Dance is one of the most exciting theme you can work with as a filmmaker, because it has a strong connection with the visuality. I made a film about contemporary dance movement in Japan - butoh. This experience helped me to develop my new project "Bare" which is also dealing with a performing art.

One of the main goal was not only to show an original working method of the choreographer Thierry Smits and his new piece, but to reveal his relationship with dancers and their transformation by the end of the creation

With this documentary I would like to reach a wider amount of subjects, so it will be interesting not only as "a dance film", but as more complex experimental work with an intriguing storyline and an emotional content.
Bare. Experimental
The process of making a dance performance in a documentary film is a hard task itself already, because there are so many cliches in this genre. It was important to find through the production of the film a unique way to deliver the story, to explore a personal choreography of Thierry Smits and his connection with the dancers while creating the piece.
Those men, those dancers, have been chosen deliberately by Thierry Smits; not for their technical virtuosity, but because they are all gifted with the feel for motion exploration which is at the centre of this production. They come from Belgium, Germany, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Cuba, France and United Kingdom.

Together, they are some kind of ephemeral tribe where each one is individual and at the same time fully mindful of and linked to the others. Unique individuals as well as a homogeneous group, their union on the floor brings mobility, fluidity and a balance that allows a collective execution of a dance which choreographic rituals are inspired by the theatricality that can be found in possession trances or shamanic trances; they bring us out of ourselves, to the source of our emotions.


Thierry Smits
Choreographer

For about 25 years, Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits has asserted an artistic approach that is well off the beaten path in many respects, one that is frequently controversial and often goes against the tide. Alternating pure dance productions with more performative pieces, his work explores our relationship to the body – as an object of desire, pleasure and finiteness - which Smits considers, today more than ever, as a political space, «the only free territory left to us».

In a new performance Anima Ardens, based on the experience and singularity of each dancer, Thierry Smits intends to create with them a piece about the intuitiveness of the body and bodies together, reminiscent of the evolution of a hurricane which, starting from nothing, attains wild strength, both violent and fascinating, before dissipating and returning to silence.

Thierry Smits
Choreographer

For about 25 years, Belgian choreographer Thierry Smits has asserted an artistic approach that is well off the beaten path in many respects, one that is frequently controversial and often goes against the tide. Alternating pure dance productions with more performative pieces, his work explores our relationship to the body – as an object of desire, pleasure and finiteness - which Smits considers, today more than ever, as a political space, «the only free territory left to us».

In a new performance Anima Ardens, based on the experience and singularity of each dancer, Thierry Smits intends to create with them a piece about the intuitiveness of the body and bodies together, reminiscent of the evolution of a hurricane which, starting from nothing, attains wild strength, both violent and fascinating, before dissipating and returning to silence.

There is a particular energy that comes out when a group of people performs something together. The movements are very simple, but the energy is very strong. And I am like a conductor who assembles it.
Thierry Smits
Anima Ardens
Eleven men, eleven dancers, in a permanent state of nudity that underlines the diversity of their bodies and origins, throwing themselves, body and soul, into this Anima Ardens (Burning Soul).

Evolving in sound and organic environments created by Francisco Lopez and on the white floor of the dance studio of the Thor Company, those naked men are making use of their bodies, their breaths and their voices.

Their dance will crescendo to the limits of trance practices, to a modified state of their bodies. Their goal is to reach a collective intense emotional climax, a poetic fury that will lead to a space of freedom: a place where even the spectator would breathe more freely, would let go and liberate himself from the weight of the present.

Cast of the film
Thierry Smits
Choreographer
David Zagari
Assistant to the choreographer
Jean Fürst
Voice creation
Francisco López
Musician
Valentin Braun
Dancer
Peter De Vuyst
Dancer
Michał Adam Góral
Dancer
Jari Boldrini
Dancer
Gustavo Monteiro
Dancer
Bruno Morais
Dancer
Emeric Rabot
Dancer
Nelson Reguera Perez
Dancer
Theo Samsworth
Dancer
Oliver Tida Tida
Dancer
Davide Guarino
Dancer

Nudity is not trivial. In a society that tends towards absolute control and prudishness, artists must react. Thierry Smits wanted the dancers to be naked for two reasons. A male group has a specific power that is very interesting to see, but he wanted to erase a macho side by weakening them. He believes that it makes them more human, and it strengthens the identification process.

Three keywords will go through the movie: trance, possession and transformation. Striking images will provoke a surplus of imagination and will let to live through their experience.
Watch the trailer here

CONTACT INFORMATION:
aleksandr.m.vinogradov@gmail.com
www.videovam.com


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