Traces of the performance Innesti, by Annamaria Ajmone (http://www.annamariaajmone.com) at the Institut Culturel Italien in Paris. This short was then presented in Edinburgh, during the Movers and Makers Screendance Salon, organized by Bodysurf Scotland and moderated by curator Gitta Wigro. Italian Premiere at the Lago Film Fest. World Premiere at the Sao Carlo Videodance Festival, MIVSC.
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As a director I tried not to get out of the subject of the choreography, which was a re-reading of this monumental space, I edited these fragments of the past, thinking of what is lost of a performative nowness and how I might convey a sense of ineffable present visualizing transient passages and opening up new spaces.
When getting inside this ancient building in Saint Germain de Près, I was thinking of Marguerite Duras, more the director than the writer. She was there somehow, always in my peripheral view. ("Toute vie est une perte" M.Duras).
I interpolated this documentation with other takes filmed in less evocative and anonymous places in Paris, mostly the Petit Ceinture, an abandoned railways that once surrounded the city, as metaphor of a closed time based and site specific action, that might remain open in a different signifier, in the cinema elsewhere. It is a symbol of off frame space, of undetermined, uncomfortable, left over landscape. Gilles Clément's Third Landscape. My counterpoint to the Hotel de Galliffet.
See my website for more info: http://www.s-a-r-a-h.it/index/collaborations/innesti