Original Title spaces of otherness
Country of production Germany
Production year 2013
Original language English
Director Michael Maurissens
Producer Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln
Screenplay Michael Maurissens
Cinematography Michael Maurissens
Editing Michael Maurissens
Music Fred Frith
Choreography ‘CROP’ Amanda Miller
Cast Ballet Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg
Running time 55 min.
Video format HD, 25 fps, codec: Apple ProRes 422
spaces of otherness is an exploration of collective artistic creation within the frame of contemporary choreography. The film captures the daily work of the members of a ballet company practicing their art with the highest levels of technique and sensibility. Shot over the five weeks of work and rehearsals leading up to the opening night of the show, it presents the intensive creative process of American choreographer Amanda Miller in her work with the Düsseldorf Opera Ballet and investigates the intellectual and physical commitment of the dancers and the delicate relationship between them in the act of creation.
It offers a singular perspective on experiencing contemporary dance and its practice, merging performing arts and cinematic aesthetics, looks at the choreographic object as a heterotopic space—a space of otherness—and points out the role of perception in dance and choreographic practice.
A film about dance realized by a dancer!