The Moonbelly Healing Project presents the fourth installment of twelve: The birds are louder when it rains
---practicing the act of self and collective healing, by making art alone and together---
Concept/movement: Katrina Atkin and Jenna Pollack
Music: Arame by Blue Dot Sessions (from freemusicarchive.org - CC by NC)
Filmed in Sitges, Spain/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Released April 15th, 2017
When I approached my dear friend Jenna about this project, we immediately started discussing ways we could use the distance between us as a tool. She is currently living in Spain, studying for her M.A. in choreography, and I live 3895 miles away in Philadelphia. Through our conversations, we concluded that rather than try to simply do the same moves in different places, we would rather make our spaces as similar as possible and see how our different bodies negotiated our circumstances. Though we haven't trained together since we were 17, I felt confident that we would still find commonalities in the ways we individually performed the tasks we set up for ourselves
As well as playing with the idea of space and distance, we wanted to touch on the concept of time as well, which is the role loosely played by the balloons. The image of a balloon popping in slow motion was the inspiration for this, and we watched many a slow motion video to further send
us down the path of inspiration.
Our hope with this film is to show not only the aspects of being that Jenna and I share as individuals, but also the shared experience of humanity as a whole.