With a unique directorial style, Dancing In A Nightmare’s ultimate message is show the importance of maintaining – in the face of anything – what makes us human; our skills and expression of creativity. This experimental short is an effectively executed portrayal of the deterioration of the mind of artists who hide their talents, and how political unrest can cause people to ignore their individuality and forget their artistic natures to spend their lives pursuing only what is considered by others to be important but not to them.
It begins with intimate shots of one friend pleading with another for a reason as to why he has abandoned his talent for dancing. There is no response just aimless wandering through a city. The film’s fast cuts and blurred images of urban night scenes and feral animals certainly are disjointed enough to create a nightmarish world, and the lack of focus in these scenes elegantly reflects the main character loss and mental struggle without his art form.
The film suggests however that his talent haunts him; that he knows he has something to share and he will never be able to move on until it is exposed and appreciated by others. Rebii’s direction and focus on movement creates a world that taunts our the lead character, a world that dances on while he is immobile. The audience is left willing our lead to use the bustle of the city to free himself and join in the dance.
Visually this film is hypnotic and it’s symbolism is elegantly achieved. It celebrates art and freedom in its final sequences and allows the viewer to feel released as the lead character does. The simplicity of the dialogue allows full submersion into the images whilst conveying the frustrations of the narrator and providing a clear warning to the viewers not to lose their individuality; that in times of trouble it is important to hold on to our creative and selves. Dancing In A Nightmare is a poetic and powerful ode to self-expression.
If you understand the power of dance, then an evening of film celebrating it should be right up your street. Come celebrate self-expression with the WORLD PREMIERE of Dancing In A Nightmare and the London Premiere of Hear Me Move on Friday 7th November, 18.30 at Hackney Picture.
Oh and on top of all that goodness we’ll be hosting a Q&A with Hear Me Move choreographer Paul Modjadji!BUY TICKETS