Screenshare: MESA Festival 2020

Mohika Shankar Pānchtātvā

Katrina McPherson Moment (1999)

Maria Evans 2020 Rhythms

Botis Seva Can’t Kill Us All

Ana Garcia Delgado Hygge

Screenshare is the celebratory culmination of a mentoring programme run by The Fi.ELD. Three young choreographers were mentored by professionals as they sought to make new dance for camera amid lockdown.

The online evening opens with Mohika Shankar’s Pānchtātvā, a joyous dance beginning with strong gaze- right through the camera. Shahar sympathetically blends poetry by Yash Kulshrestha with natural landscapes and textures framed by kathak influenced movement. Silhouettes and shadows are particular highlights when contrasted against bright, luscious surroundings.

Mentor Katrina Mcpherson next shows the much celebrated Moment (1999).The subtleties of light and colour used are enticing, as the camera appears to join in the dance. It mimics and moves amongst the dancers whilst sharing their surroundings. Powerful framings of connection followed by emptiness gracefully hint at a deeper narrative, building and layering meaning for each viewer.

Maria Evans’s 2020 Rhythms stands out from the rest, as the choreography centres on factory machinery, making PPE. Rhythms of clockwork are established and overlapped to thrilling effect. Divided screens are used thoughtfully, with varied directionality and pace showing the functional and the fancy. A stark cut reveals the humanity behind the production, and the socially conscious basis for this slick work.

Maria’s mentor Botis Seva created his film Can’t Kill Us All in the depths of lockdown. The mood of the piece is established instantly in the deep blue of dusk as Botis sprints alone. He is visibly brimming with emotion- it escaping through his gesture and rattling breath. Camera angles are used to create stunning frames of a figure trapped and writhing in confined spaces, attempting to continue functioning. Visceral movement depicts emotions from frustration to despair, and the energy of youth is shown in shocking contrast to the near catatonia of the exhausted protagonist.

Hygge by Ana Garcia Delgado depicts an altogether different mood right from its outset. Spanish summer is epitomised in the terracotta and tiles, as Ana expertly fuses movement with voiceover. Editing is thoughtful and clever- with one movement transcending the time and space she dances in. Once soaked and dripping wet, the dance becomes exploratory and playful, and what was insular grows out, thus drawing the audience in as it rounds off.

Screenshare was premiered online on 24th October as part of MESA Festival by the Fi.ELD.

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