This is a fragment of the film 'what belongs to the present' by Esmé Valk, 2013.
camera: Jules Debrock
light: Floor van Slochteren
dance and voice: Fabián Barba
sound: Tomasz Kaye
The film deals with the legacy of Ausdruckstanz – German expressionist dance that evolved out of the life reform movements at the start of the twentieth century. This emotionally intense dance is activated by contemporary dancer Fabián Barba, who studied the work of Ausdruckstanz pioneer Mary Wigman.
In the film he dances in a natural environment, composed of a group of textured stones. Some are untreated while others contain drill holes, carry markings or have been cut by a saw. In this man-made ‘natural’ set on of Wigman's dances was performed. The film is relayed in a fragmented manner. Short, close-up clips of Barba’s movements give an impression of the dance rather than show every move. As the dance comes to an end the camera takes more distance, revealing the complete scene of the dancer and the stones.
'what belongs to the present' is a study of the still and moving body of the dancer and the representation of dance by the movements of the camera.