Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company produced Terrain in 2016. Filmed in the desert region of Murcia, southern Spain, Terrain depicts a body, that of choreographer Daniel Gwirtzman, in a vast mountainous landscape. At first a mere dot indistinguishable against this rocky backdrop, the viewer is challenged to discern the camouflaged body, a kind of Where’s Waldo. As the film progresses, the performer gradually comes into close focus, revealing detailed glimpses of the body akin to an animal in the wild.
The remote location of Blanca and its distance from an urban center provides a ripe territory to explore concepts of density versus space, alienation versus community, and excess versus nothing. What story does a body in this space provoke? How does such an extreme land foster so much life, music, harmony? The film explores these questions, highlighting the connections between the natural and the man-made. Stripped of a recognizable narrative, Terrain explores what happens when a context is disrupted. The idiosyncratic choreography investigates gesture and form, transforming the body into a panorama of identities. How lost can a body be when removed from its home?
Director/Choreographer: Daniel Gwirtzman
Performer: Daniel Gwirtzman
Editor: Daniel Gwirtzman
Videographer/Photographer: Rosa Llinás
Music: Kevin MacLeod, Jeff Story
Production: Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, AADK Spain
World Premiere: Fenòmens, Barcelona, November 18, 2016
Terrain was created during the Residency program of AADK Spain at Centro Negra in Blanca, Spain.