Sanctum II reveals & amplifies the kinaesthetic and emotional struggle of silenced yet complicit women bound by the "cultural practice" of FGM - female genital mutilation. The dance video attempt to elicit empathic responses from the viewer to this Human Rights issue and reveals the power of the moving images as experiential and embodied. Affect is achieved by the combination of real and projected images on the body of the dancer. It explores the notion of the subject dealing with the Lacanian 'other'. Two edits exist simultaneously as each body slips in and out of each other - one naked and the one dressed yet both vulnerable and exposed.
1) National Review of Live Art – 13 February 2009, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland
2) Montage video dance festival - 07 March 2009, FNB Dance Umbrella, Johannesburg, South Africa
3) JOMBA! Contemporaty Dance Festival 28 & 29 April 2009, Sneddon Theatre, Durban, South Africa
4) Moves09 Africa! International Festival of Movement on Screen - 27 April 2009, Manchester & UK
5) Baltoppen Theatre looped on TV Monitor in Foyer – Ballerup, Denmark
6) DANCE:FILM 09 Filmhouse, Dance with Camera, Filmhouse , 23rd May 2009 13.30 Edinburgh, Scotland
7) National Arts Festival, 09 July 2009 – Olive Schreiner Building, Grahamstown, South Africa
8) Africa in Motion film festival, Edinburgh African Film Festival, Thu 29 Oct, 1.00pm-1.15pm Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, Lauriston Place, Main Lecture Theatre
9) Danish Film Institute for Dansens Dage at Cinemateket, Gothersgade 55, Copenhagen, Denmark. 29 April 2010
10) British Film Institute, South Bank - South African Cinema at the BFI South Bank, London, UK, 08 May 2010
History and summary
The stage version of sanctum was first produced and performed as a live interactive dance work for The Eleventh Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology at The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, USA, February 28 , 2008. The work was inspired by, Desert Flower written by Waris Dirie (1998). This autobiographical account sketches an account of the ongoing ritual of FGM or female gential mutilation, that is now deemed by many western countries, a crime and not an acceptable cultural practice.
The stage work consists of two sites of interactivity that are activated by the audience: one that elicits text about the act of FGM and the other, images of FGM. A dancer performs in the centre of these two sites bound in a long white cloth, feet tied up with string and gagged with sticks in her mouth. She performs a dance of restriction and struggle.
FGM - In 1993 the WHO organisation estimated that over 150 million young girls had been "circumcised" and despite the practise being banned and outmoded in many North African countries it is still ongoing. The practice has spread across the globe and regardless of attempts by Dirie to speak out against it through the UN as a spokesperson for Women's Rights, it is deemed a necessary practice by both men and women alike in some countries.
Format HDV PAL 16:9
Direction & edit Jeannette Ginslov
Concept Jeannette Ginslov
Music James Webb
Dancer Vishanthi Arumugam
Jeannette Ginslov in collaboration with Vishathi Arumugam
Lighting Vilte Vaitkute
Set design & costume Jeannette Ginslov
Location for video
White Space, Time Based Art Studios, University of Dundee, Scotland
Video & stage work produced by
Walking Gusto Productions - multimedia dance theatre
Walking Gusto Productions 2009
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