Leaning on a Horse Asking for Directions

Leaning On A Horse Asking For Directions is an investigation into visual perception and kinesthetic empathy. An interdisciplinary project that will result in the creation of a  multi-channel stereoscopic 3D (S3D) environment for exhibition, bridging BaGuaZhang martial arts and contemporary dance choreography.


The research to date explores 3-D filmmaking as an agent of kinesthetic empathy for live performance, laying the groundwork for follow-up research in correspondences to “embodied” models of cognition.

The team includes filmmakers Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer, choreographer and dancer Cheng-Chieh Yu,  BaGuaZhang master Jason Tsou,  media artist/scholar Ted Warburton, and designer Peter Melville.

Dafeena on the festival circuit


Dafeena has been touring the globe appearing at Jumping Frames in Hong Kong, Desterro Videodance Exhibition in Florianópolis, Brazil, and at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.

This fall, Dafeena has screened at the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, the DanceLive Dance Film Showcase in Aberdeen, Scotland, and FIVU in Uruguay.

Dafeena will next been seen in Canada at Reel Asian International Film Festival in Toronto on November 7, 6 P.M., at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The film will also screen in December at the 5th edition of the Vo’arte InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies in Lisbon.