The Greater The Weight

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Directors/Producers: Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer
Choreographer/Dancer: Dana Michel
Director of Photography: Bill Kerrigan
Composer: Ghislain Poirier
Editor: Dexter X
Broadcaster: Bravo!/CTV

Produced with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Bravo!FACT

Canada/2008/HD/colour/5:20 min.
Available on DVD, BTC SP, Digital BTC, HD

Winner, Jury Prize – Best Female Performance, In Shadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technology (Lisbon, Portugal) – 2009
First Prize at the Breaking 8 Festival, part of the FIND Festival Internazionale Nuova Danza in Cagliari, Italy, 2013

In The Greater The Weight, dancer and choreographer Dana Michel assembles extremely physical movement—a remnant from her previous training in track and touch football — with mathematical precision and poetic improvisation. The result is an exploration of the body as an instrument in a symphony of rupture and flow. A reflection on the moment when one stumbles, whether by accident or on purpose. Sometimes one can recover quickly and get up again… sometimes it’s not that easy.

Currently airing on Bravo! (Bravo!Fact)

Press Quotes

“… pressure-cooked intensity…” – Chirstinn Whyte-filmint., 2009

“Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer’s rigourously claustrophobic framing in The Greater The Weight (2008)… captured the fiercely embodied performative intensity of a lone female, flamenco-gowned within the confines of a boxing ring.” – Christinn Whyte-Realtime 85, 2008

“Dana Michel’s choreography incorporates the swinging arms, thrusting torso, and stamping feet of West African dance steps, extracted from their traditional framework and incorporated in a contemporary rhythmic structure.” – Kuumba Festival, Toronto, 2011

Screenings: Dance and Media Japan International Video Dance Festival, Tokyo, Japan; MADDance Festival, Toronto, Canada; Midoc Arte International Competition, Milan, Italy; Festival Internacional VideoDanza, Buenos Aires, Argentina; St. John’s Women’s Film Festival, St. John, Canada; FICAP, Lisbon, Portugal; American Dance Festival (Dancing for the Camera); Moves experimental short film and new media festival, Manchester, U.K.; DansCamDanse, Belgium); InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technology, Lisbon.

Prizes:
Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, Yorkton, Canada – 2008 (Nomination for Best Performing Arts & Entertainment)
Winner, Jury Prize – Best Female Performance, In Shadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technology (Lisbon, Portugal) – 2009
First Prize at the Breaking 8 Festival, part of the FIND Festival Internazionale Nuova Danza in Cagliari, Italy, 2013

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