2023 / 07:51 MINUTES
Shared Breath is a short film inspired by a dance piece of the same name. Four dancers wear square skirt-like structures attached to their waists, symbolizing the socially defined shape of their personal spaces. The characters whirl tirelessly within the beautiful, but restrictive forms, such as modern-day dervishes, and add dynamic curves and flows to the rigid straight lines. Defying distance and absence of touch, striving for contact, they break free eventually, all within one shared breath.
The film is a soul-stirring reminder of our essential need for touch and connection. Created by an extraordinary artistic team, Shared Breath features Roger Sinha’s daring choreography, Damian Siqueiros exquisite visual universe, and original music composed and performed by Of Sound, Mind and Body, including Tim Brady on electric guitar, Helmut Lipsky on violin, and Shawn Mativetsky on Indian tabla and percussion.
**Please note that there is a long version of Shared Breath called 2M/Solitudes.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Original concept & choreography
Roger Sinha is a choreographer, dancer, artistic director and founder of the company Sinha Danse, as well as one of the pioneers in the field of contemporary dance inspired by non-Western cultural practices in Canada. Throughout his more than 30 year career, he has created many distinct and original choreographies and received numerous recognitions and awards. In many ways, his personal story set the stage for his artistic work and defined his choreographic style for which he is recognized across Canada and beyond. Full biography here.
Director and art director
Multidisciplinary artist for impact Damian Siqueiros uses art to create positive narratives about the future that lead to healing social and ecological environments. It addresses social and ecological challenges in search of solutions through a synergistic approach. Siqueiros has 20 years of career and multidisciplinary practice: photography, expanded cinema, artistic direction and artistic education. He has exhibited internationally, notably at the Carrousel du Louvre, the Frost Museum, in Mexico, South Korea, Canada and New York. His website here.
ORIGINAL CONCEPT & CHOREOGRAPHY Roger Sinha
DIRECTOR & ART DIRECTION Damian Siqueiros
DANCERS Amélia Lamanque, Olivia Jaen Flores, Emmanuelle Martin & Citlali Germé
PRODUCER & GM OF SINHA DANSE Mariya Moneva
CINEMATOGRAPHER Max Machado
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Helena Vallès Escolà
MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY Tim Brady, Helmut Lipsky & Shawn Mativetsky
CAMERA OPERATOR Max Machado
ASSISTANT CAMERA François Côté-Lemay
STEADICAM OPERATOR Samuel Wilde Chénier
B-CAM OPERATOR Joel Guilbault
DRONE OPERATOR Martin Lemire
GAFFER Jacques Bechard
GRIP Marc Haddad
CAMERAMAN BTS Félix Simard
STYLING Damian Siqueiros
SKIRT DESIGNER Emily Rose
ORIGINAL CONCEPT – SKIRTS Roger Sinha
MAKE-UP ARTIST Ariane Préfontaine
SEAMSTRESS Faustine Bozec
FILM EDITING Liliana Ortiz Casas
COLOURIST Max Machado
CATERING AND PRODUCTION SUPPORT Olivier Mitchell Exumé and Cheffe T. Light
BIODÔME RENTAL SERVICE MANAGER Dominic Laperrière-Marchessault
CREATED WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS’ DIGITAL NOW FUND
Special thanks to Sinha Danse’s funding partners Canada Arts Council, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec et Conseil des arts de Montréal. Their support was essential for the creation of the original 2M contemporary dance piece and the creation of the movie.