Promonews - 16th Oct 2018

A collaboration between British director Fiona Jane Burgess and German choreographer Franka Marlene Foth, Versus documents two female dancers moving through the external corridors and open courtyards of the Hofgarten estate in Berlin, a modernist concrete maze.

Electronic composer Frank Bretschneider provides a futuristic soundtrack that exploits reversals, glitches and ambient sounds. New York-based cinematographer Htat Lin Htut moves dynamically through the built environment, obscuring and revealing the dancers bodies, which are themselves clad in a muted palette styled by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell, senior fashion editor at Dazed.

The choreography is concerned with the process of everyday life as a woman, a dancer, and a creative - impulsive and powerful, but also, at times, sloppy and slow. It's a study of contrasts: sexy and ugly, heavy and light, strong and soft. It’s about trying to find balance and synchronicity. There is a characteristic violence lingering beneath the surface of this startlingly simple and carefully formed new work by this emerging filmmaker.

PRO Credits


DirectorFiona Jane Burgess
ChoreographerFranka Marlene Foth
ProducerCora Berndt-stühmer
Director of PhotographyHtat Lin Htut
Focus PullerAshton Green
2nd ACThanh-long Vo
Art DirectorFiona Jane Burgess
WardrobeElizabeth Fraser-bell
Make-upJulia Barde
EditorGreg Hayes
Editing companyWhitehouse Post
ColouristSimona Cristea
Grading companyCoffee & TV
SteadicamPatrick Morgan
Lead actorAmalie Stitz
Lead actorMyriel Welling
Production CompanyLEZ Creative
Other creditsRunners: Safiye Gray And Michael Mönnich @safiyegray Music: “Antenne” By Frank Bretschneider Special Thanks To Sarah Entwistle, Vantage Film GmbH, Electric Sun Berlin, Degewo

Promonews - 16th Oct 2018

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