The MIGRATION DANCE FILM PROJECT is the creative collaboration between two pioneers breaking conventions within their respective artistic practices: screendance film director Marlene Millar and percussive dance choreographer Sandy Silva. Performance-based narratives as lyrical poems — follow a cast of ten dancer-singers as they travel where song, rhythm and movement envelope us through communal voyage and the powerful storyline anchored in migration —movement through journeying.
Sound plays an equally prominent role throughout the progression of these stories where the performers’ sonorous connection to the different landscapes and surfaces they navigate are as telling in narrative form as the deeply breathtaking visuals.
The films explore the migratory experience for the artists themselves and the communities engaged with — nomadic storytellers connected by the intimate knowledge of individual and shared experiences in unison. Renewed interpretations between hushed abstract formations are captured and the defiant personal gravity that displacement deeply imprints.
Silva’s choreography translates through Millar’s camera in a porous lingering resonance, an assemblage of sound design, montage and alternative screens all reside as a visceral convergence that the opening of possibilities allot — offering an intimacy impossible to see or hear on a live stage.
Visit the MIGRATION DANCE FILM PROJECT page to learn more and to view films.