“Mute” – written and directed by Mark Donne

Segment piece from wider film installation “Listening With Frontiersman” commissioned by Estuary Festival.

Directors note: The piece looks slightly “warped” on a flat screen as it was shot anamorphically and projected in vast scale with an anamorphic projector (to the curve of the ancient Fort wall) for impact.

‘Sound On’ to listen to the ambient sounds of the estuary and Cira’s movement.

Written and Directed: Mark Donne
DOP: Mark Nutkins
Samples: Thom Yorke
Sound Recordist & Design: Jim Carey Connell/Inventive Audio
Editor: Joe Morris
Dancer: Cira Robinson

“The series was really about the nebulous idea of borders and zones, and the less than nebulous execution of the rules relating to them by those who get to apply them. Watching “Mute” again after some time, now in lockdown, I yearn, first and foremost, for the space, seascape, solitude and sheer purpose and beauty of each of Cira’s expressions and movements.
 
Secondly, what travels is the theme of peril and danger, and the total (thematic) contrast of fleeing home to save your life, with staying at home for the same purpose. Viewed like that, our current sacrifice seems reduced?
 
And thirdly, the defiance and resilience of Cira performing in silence, on a treacherous waterway, with a tide incoming, directly in front of a live missile testing range! There’s something in that resilience and defiance we might apply when facing this horrible, microscopic murdering pathogen” – Mark Donne

 

 

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Pour nos amis francophone, voici un cours de danse classique à domicile par la danseuse française de Ballet Black, Marie-Astrid Mence!

For our French and French-speaking friends: a ballet class from French Ballet Black dancer, Marie-Astrid Mence.

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