SIX LIVES (Cinepoems riffing on Virginia Woolf)
DIrected by Sarah Riggs, Filmed by Frédéric Tcheng, Choregraphy Mathilde Monnier
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I first conceived of Six Lives after reading Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse five summers in a row, and living in New York, France, and Morocco in communities of writers, artists and translators. Woolf ‘s essay « The Cinema » offers a critique of cinema as a potentially superficial medium, and I wanted to achieve the depth of her work, and of poetic thinking, precisely in the cinematic medium. We gathered a cluster of six writers, in various combinations, over a period of several years, in six locations, each time with a different Woolf text in question. What gets charted is a movement from abstract thinking and the division of the body into parts, into a poetically embodied cinema where mind and body are in synchronicity. An opening.
Four Shorts produced by Sarah Riggs with Tamaas
at the Cinématheque de Tanger, Morocco, with filmmaker-poet pairs:
Natalia Almada & Peter Gizzi
Ivan Boccara & Carla Faesler
Akram Zaatari & Liliane Giraudon
Jem Cohen & Luc Sante
Directed and Filmed by Alystyre Julian, Edited by Sarah Hagey, Produced by Sarah Riggs with Tamaas. Music by Devin Brahja Waldman, Ambrose Bye, Fast Speaking Music & More
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