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Dir: Paul Sarvis, 5 mins 58 secs, 2013, USA, WORLD PREMIERE

Screened as part of Dance with Camera programme

Alternating images of a young dancer moving within the confines of a small windowless room--and an elderly woman rising from bed, dressing, leaving her apartment, and disappearing down an alley. In voice-over we hear the old woman struggling to remember the physical details of a bygone home. Her slow inevitable movement contrasts with the dancer's youthful energy, but both are seeking release to an unspecified destination. A meditation on memory and mortality.

Paul Sarvis is a choreographer, teacher, and first-time filmmaker.  He is one-third of Berg, Jones & Sarvis an American, Maine-based trio whose work ranges from self-reflexive movement pieces to raucous physical theater. The trio is known for their large site-specific works, collaborations with artists in other media, and joint projects with choreographers including Renée Wadleigh, Ann Carlson, Jonathan Lunn, and Daniel McCusker.

Paul teaches Dance Technique, Repertory, Choreography and Dance History at Bowdoin College where he recently contributed to an interdisciplinary course on Joyce’s Ulysses.  His professional dance training is varied, but grounded in the Cecchetti ballet tradition, and Merce Cunningham–derived modern dance techniques.  He performed with Gloria Unti in San Francisco; Liz Lerman in Washington D.C.; June Finch and Debra Wanner in New York City; and Ram Island Dance Company in Maine.  A former folk dancer, Mr. Sarvis performed and taught Scottish dance across the U.S. and Canada.

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