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Eightfold

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the idea… In the wake of the most recent Black Lives Matter movement, I wondered how Ballet Black should react to the apparent shift in global thinking about race, inclusion and equity. My overriding feeling was one of exhaustion; micro aggressions, persecution, death – it seemed never ending. I wanted to see the passionate, joyful aspects of our diverse existence brought to the fore, not just the tragic. Blackness it is not a singular experience: we do not all share the same background, beliefs, trauma or skin colour. I felt compelled to respond by showcasing the multifaceted aspects of joyous human emotion, and also the artistic power of Ballet Black, an organisation that has been championing positive change for Black and Asian dancers for twenty years.

How could we respond safely and creatively in the midst of the coronavirus? I made a wish-list of eight choreographers from around the world and chose a theme for each of them: joy, courage, love, passion, hope, rage, strength and power. I paired each choreographer with the Ballet Black dancer I thought would best respond to the challenge each theme presented. Thanks to the miracle of video conferencing software, we were able to create these ballets via a screen from South Africa, Leeds, New York, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, and London. The final challenge was to create a piece of dance art that wasn’t simply dance filmed in the usual theatre set-up. I enlisted the talents of film maker, Mark Donne, to bring these hugely diverse artists and themes together, under his exceptional eye. Mark not only agreed, but gave us the title, Eightfold. I called on our wider BB family and asked the incredible writer, Natasha Gordon (Nine Night) and our Patron Thandiwe Newton, to create short narration to link the films together. Together, we have created an extraordinary piece of art in an extraordinary time - Cassa Pancho

Film Directors Note

Traditionally, ballet has a very limited and fixed relationship with film; invariably being performed and recorded in standard, theatrical formats. The first complete transgression and transcendence of this convention is now marked by, Eightfold.

A collision and in a sense, vivid dialogue between cinema and ballet, this conceptualised suite of work is comprised of eight newly choreographed pieces, each performed within a corresponding atmospheric moment, on a symbolic 24 hour “psychological clock”.

Expansive and radical use of light and film technology – including the most sophisticated cinematic rigs and FPV drones deployed as both camera and light source by Bridgerton Director of Photography, Mark Nutkins – render an unprecedented dance experience, where each dancer is introduced by a symbol or glyph, allowing the unadulterated transmission of absolute performance, state, emotion, and deep fusion with the medium of film.

This project is unprecedented in its approach and dimensions, and will, in all probability, radicalise and inspire the relationship between ballet and film forever. - Mark Donne, Film Director

Awards

7th Music Film Festival - Los Angeles, California

2022 Winner - Best direction

London International Web & Shorts Film Festival - Winner - Best Music/Dance Video

2022 Winner - Best Music/Dance Video

Experimental, Dance & Music Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

2022 Winner - Best Dance Film

Short Film Factory - Bucharest

2022 Winner - Best Music and Dance

Tokyo International Film Festival

2022 Winner - Best Sound Design

Parai Musical International Awards - India

2022 Winner - Best Dance Music Video, Best Choreography Music Video, Best European Music Video, Best Director Music Video

Cannes Film Awards

2022 Winner - Best Ensemble

Paris Women Festival

2022 Semi-finalist

Exeter Dance International Film Festival

2022 Nominee Best Dancer (Isabela Coracy)

New Renaissance Film Festival (London)

2022 Winner Best Dance Film

SENSEI Tokyo FilmFest

2022 Nominee

Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival

2022 Official Selection

DANCES WITH FILMS, California USA.

2022 Official Selection

Mad Visions Film Festival, Vietnam

2022 Official Selection - Best International Short

Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

2022 Official Selection - Dance Film (Long)

GIFT Fest, Nairobi

2022 Official Selection - Best Dance Film

Inspired Dance Film Festival, Australia

2022 Official Selection - Extended Short or Featured Dance Film

Rio Webfest, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2022 Official Selection - Best Int'l Music Video or Dance Video

Bridges International Film Festival (Corinthia, Greece)

2022 Official Selection

9th Music Film Festival (Los Angeles)

2022 Winner Best Direction & Best Photography

Dancentric TV Film Festival "DTVFF" (Florida, USA)

2022 Winner Best Female Soloist

Nocturna Online Brooklyn Film Festival

2024 Festival Nominee

CLIMAX Festival Internacional de Cinema Independiente (Madrid, Spain)

2024 Finalist

FARO Concurso de Cinema Mediterrâneo e Mundia (Portugal)

2024 Semi-Finalist

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Full credits

Performance Concept & Creative Direction – Cassa Pancho

Film Concept & Direction – Mark Donne

EIGHTFOLD (in order of appearance):

RAGE

Choreography by JOY ALPUERTO RITTER
Performed & voiced by EBONY THOMAS
Music: composed & recorded by Lih Qun Wong

COURAGE

Choreography by MONIQUE JONAS
Performed by MARIE-ASTRID MENCE
Music: Eightfold composed & recorded by Nicholas Hewlett

HOPE

Choreography by GREGORY MAQOMA
Performed by MTHUTHUZELI NOVEMBER
Music: Marcello: Concerto in re minore per oboe, archi e basso continuo, S. Z799: II. Adagio, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach & recorded by Elena Nefedova & Alessandro Marcello

JOY

Choreography by SOPHIE LAPLANE
Performed by ALEXANDER FADAYIRO
Music: String Quintet in C Major G. 324, Op. 30, No. 6, “La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid”: V. “Los manolos”. Modo di suono, e canto – VI. Allegro vivo, composed by Luigi Boccherini & recorded by Cuarteto Casals & Eckart Runge

STRENGTH

Choreography & monologue by HOPE BOYKIN
Performed by ISABELA CORACY
Music: The Isles, composed & recorded by Bill Laurance

LOVE

Choreography by PETER LEUNG
Performed by JOSÉ ALVES
Music: Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425: II. Largo, composed by Antonio Vivaldi & recorded by Avi Avital & Venice Baroque Orchestra

PASSION

Choreography by MLINDI KULASHE
Performed by SAYAKA ICHIKAWA
Music: Gaga Grego, composed & recorded by Kabantu: Kathryn Foster, Alastair McMath, Benjamin Sayah & Delia Stevens

POWER

Choreography by JOSEPH SISSENS
Performed by CIRA ROBINSON
Music: Four Women composed & recorded by Nina Simone

Directed by

Mark Donne

Director of Photography:

Mark Nutkins
Matt Day

Producer

Daisy Garside

Narrated by

Thandiwe Newton

Voiceover Script

Natasha Gordon

Editors

Scarlett Bovingdon
Clémentine Bartaud

Styled by
Yann Seabra

Sound Design and Mix

Jim Carey

Graphics

ELLESS Design

Colourist

Caroline Morin
WASH

Gaffer

Aldo Camilleri

Spark

Genki McClure

Riggers

Jim Deeny
Ian Thomson

Desk Operative

Ayesha Mary Chi

1st AC

Darren Johnson

2nd AC

David Anash

Grip

Cassius Mcabe

Drone Operatives

Chris Knight
Douglas Knight

Steady Cam Operative

Josh Brooks

Lighting Technician

Max Halstead

Lighting Assistant

Laurence Powell

Trainee Camera

Henry Vinten

FOR BALLET BLACK

Artistic Director

Cassa Pancho

Producers:

Richard Bolton
Kelly Quintyne

Logistics & Administration:

Hannah Gibbs

Executive Producers:

Cassa Pancho and Mark Donne

Camera equipment supplied by Clapham Road Studios

Filmed at Studio Wayne McGregor

With thanks to: Arts Council England, Carly Utting, Charlotte Broom, Chris Erskine, Isaharie Iskander, Justine Dunton-Rose, MAC Cosmetics, Sharryn Hinchliffe

#BalletBlack #BBonFilm #BBEightfold

Awards

7th Music Film Festival - Los Angeles, California

2022 Winner - Best direction

London International Web & Shorts Film Festival - Winner - Best Music/Dance Video

2022 Winner - Best Music/Dance Video

Experimental, Dance & Music Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

2022 Winner - Best Dance Film

Short Film Factory - Bucharest

2022 Winner - Best Music and Dance

Tokyo International Film Festival

2022 Winner - Best Sound Design

Parai Musical International Awards - India

2022 Winner - Best Dance Music Video, Best Choreography Music Video, Best European Music Video, Best Director Music Video

Cannes Film Awards

2022 Winner - Best Ensemble

Paris Women Festival

2022 Semi-finalist

Exeter Dance International Film Festival

2022 Nominee Best Dancer (Isabela Coracy)

New Renaissance Film Festival (London)

2022 Winner Best Dance Film

SENSEI Tokyo FilmFest

2022 Nominee

Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival

2022 Official Selection

DANCES WITH FILMS, California USA.

2022 Official Selection

Mad Visions Film Festival, Vietnam

2022 Official Selection - Best International Short

Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

2022 Official Selection - Dance Film (Long)

GIFT Fest, Nairobi

2022 Official Selection - Best Dance Film

Inspired Dance Film Festival, Australia

2022 Official Selection - Extended Short or Featured Dance Film

Rio Webfest, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2022 Official Selection - Best Int'l Music Video or Dance Video

Bridges International Film Festival (Corinthia, Greece)

2022 Official Selection

9th Music Film Festival (Los Angeles)

2022 Winner Best Direction & Best Photography

Dancentric TV Film Festival "DTVFF" (Florida, USA)

2022 Winner Best Female Soloist

Nocturna Online Brooklyn Film Festival

2024 Festival Nominee

CLIMAX Festival Internacional de Cinema Independiente (Madrid, Spain)

2024 Finalist

FARO Concurso de Cinema Mediterrâneo e Mundia (Portugal)

2024 Semi-Finalist

Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo Award logo

Full credits

Performance Concept & Creative Direction – Cassa Pancho

Film Concept & Direction – Mark Donne

EIGHTFOLD (in order of appearance):

RAGE

Choreography by JOY ALPUERTO RITTER
Performed & voiced by EBONY THOMAS
Music: composed & recorded by Lih Qun Wong

COURAGE

Choreography by MONIQUE JONAS
Performed by MARIE-ASTRID MENCE
Music: Eightfold composed & recorded by Nicholas Hewlett

HOPE

Choreography by GREGORY MAQOMA
Performed by MTHUTHUZELI NOVEMBER
Music: Marcello: Concerto in re minore per oboe, archi e basso continuo, S. Z799: II. Adagio, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach & recorded by Elena Nefedova & Alessandro Marcello

JOY

Choreography by SOPHIE LAPLANE
Performed by ALEXANDER FADAYIRO
Music: String Quintet in C Major G. 324, Op. 30, No. 6, “La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid”: V. “Los manolos”. Modo di suono, e canto – VI. Allegro vivo, composed by Luigi Boccherini & recorded by Cuarteto Casals & Eckart Runge

STRENGTH

Choreography & monologue by HOPE BOYKIN
Performed by ISABELA CORACY
Music: The Isles, composed & recorded by Bill Laurance

LOVE

Choreography by PETER LEUNG
Performed by JOSÉ ALVES
Music: Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425: II. Largo, composed by Antonio Vivaldi & recorded by Avi Avital & Venice Baroque Orchestra

PASSION

Choreography by MLINDI KULASHE
Performed by SAYAKA ICHIKAWA
Music: Gaga Grego, composed & recorded by Kabantu: Kathryn Foster, Alastair McMath, Benjamin Sayah & Delia Stevens

POWER

Choreography by JOSEPH SISSENS
Performed by CIRA ROBINSON
Music: Four Women composed & recorded by Nina Simone

Directed by

Mark Donne

Director of Photography:

Mark Nutkins
Matt Day

Producer

Daisy Garside

Narrated by

Thandiwe Newton

Voiceover Script

Natasha Gordon

Editors

Scarlett Bovingdon
Clémentine Bartaud

Styled by
Yann Seabra

Sound Design and Mix

Jim Carey

Graphics

ELLESS Design

Colourist

Caroline Morin
WASH

Gaffer

Aldo Camilleri

Spark

Genki McClure

Riggers

Jim Deeny
Ian Thomson

Desk Operative

Ayesha Mary Chi

1st AC

Darren Johnson

2nd AC

David Anash

Grip

Cassius Mcabe

Drone Operatives

Chris Knight
Douglas Knight

Steady Cam Operative

Josh Brooks

Lighting Technician

Max Halstead

Lighting Assistant

Laurence Powell

Trainee Camera

Henry Vinten

FOR BALLET BLACK

Artistic Director

Cassa Pancho

Producers:

Richard Bolton
Kelly Quintyne

Logistics & Administration:

Hannah Gibbs

Executive Producers:

Cassa Pancho and Mark Donne

Camera equipment supplied by Clapham Road Studios

Filmed at Studio Wayne McGregor

With thanks to: Arts Council England, Carly Utting, Charlotte Broom, Chris Erskine, Isaharie Iskander, Justine Dunton-Rose, MAC Cosmetics, Sharryn Hinchliffe

#BalletBlack #BBonFilm #BBEightfold