A collaboration between British director Fiona Jane Burgess and German choreographer Franka Marlene Foth, Versus documents two female dancers moving through the external corridors and open courtyards of the Hofgarten estate in Berlin, a modernist concrete maze.
Electronic composer Frank Bretschneider provides a futuristic soundtrack that exploits reversals, glitches and ambient sounds. New York-based cinematographer Htat Lin Htut moves dynamically through the built environment, obscuring and revealing the dancers bodies, which are themselves clad in a muted palette styled by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell, senior fashion editor at Dazed.
The choreography is concerned with the process of everyday life as a woman, a dancer, and a creative - impulsive and powerful, but also, at times, sloppy and slow. It's a study of contrasts: sexy and ugly, heavy and light, strong and soft. It’s about trying to find balance and synchronicity. There is a characteristic violence lingering beneath the surface of this startlingly simple and carefully formed new work by this emerging filmmaker.
Director: Fiona Jane Burgess
Choreographer: Franka Marlene Foth
Director of Photography: Htat Lin Htut
Producer: Cora Berndt-Stühmer
Styling: Elizabeth Fraser-Bell
Dancers: Myriel Welling and Amalie Stitz
Steadicam Operator: Patrick Morgan
1st AC: Ashton Green
2nd AC: Thanh-Long Vo
Make-up: Julia Barde
Runners: Safiye Gray and Michael Mönnich
Music: “Antenne” by Frank Bretschneider + Ralph Steinbrüchel
Editor: Greg Hayes at Whitehouse Post
Colour grade: Simona Cristea at Coffee&TV
Special thanks to Vantage Film GmbH, Electric Sun Berlin, Degewo and Sarah Entwistle and Lez Creative