From the start, cinema entailed the recording of movement. The word "cinematography" derives from Greek: kinema -κίνημα "movement" and graphein - γράφειν "to record".
PARADISO is a series of two interactive dance films. Its two levels, "senses" and "spaces," address sensory awareness and kinesthetic learning. Dancer and choreographer Bertha Bermudez (Amsterdam), her filmmaker Maite Bermudez (Barcelona) and media artist and director Chris Ziegler expand cinematic experience into physicality and deliver an artistic review on the present hype surrounding 3D cinema. The film was shot in the eternal ice of the Arctic and Antarctic, in the deserts of Africa and in other inhospitable parts of the world.
In the first level of PARADISO - "senses" - the viewer is "touched" by the dancer’s movement. Force feedback sensors with electroactive polymers and a custom-built 4D chair give tactile feedback on the skin of the viewer. Image, sound, wind and evaporated perfumes activate almost all the senses: sight, hearing, touch and smell.
PARADISO’s second level - "spaces" - connects the viewer’s kinesphere to the camera of the film. Watching the dancer’s movements in the film leads the viewer into the movement of the camera’s viewing angle. In an expansion of Vertov's mental montage in early 20th century filmmaking, the viewer of PARADISO generates an interactive physical montage.
Concept, Direction: Bertha and Maite Bermúdez, Chris Ziegler
Production: Chris Ziegler - movingimages (DE) and Las Negras Productions (NL/SP)
Software, Space: Chris Ziegler
Dance: Bertha Bermúdez (inspired by EG | PC choreography)
Music: Music from Emio Greco | PC's HELL, PURGATORIO, you PARA | DISO and Mikel Salas
Costume: Clifford Portier
Film director (senses): Maite Bermúdez
Camera operator: Paul Colangelo
First Assistant Camera: Randy Maldonado, Gavin Fernandaz
Grip: Sean McCague, Kurt Schwartz
Swing: Neil Kelly
DIT: Sam Kratchmere
Editing (senses): Maite Bermudez
PARADISO is the last phase of the film project film trilogy IMAGINED DANTE by Las Negras Productions, Imagined Hell, Imagined Purgatory and Imagined Paradiso. This project is inspired by choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten and their Dante's trilogy, Inferno, Purgatorio and you Para | Diso.
With support from The Amsterdam International Choreographic Arts Center ICK/Emio Greco | PC (NL) and Flying Elephant Foundation - Gregory Colbert (USA/FR), city council of Munich, Muffathalle Munich and Center for Art and Media ZKM Karlsruhe.