For Lengths is a collaborative project between artist filmmaker Sam Jury, choreographer Luca Veggetti, and composer Paolo Aralla. The starting point was a response to sketches and stage directions by Samuel Beckett. The intent to create three interrelated states: the physical, theatrical stage, the imaginary space of literature and the omnipotent presence of an off-stage authority. Filmed in Bologna, the film features performances by actor and dancer Alice Raffaelli.
For Lengths is part of a longer body of work by Jury exploring the notion of suspended trauma. The work uses choreographed movement to reflect the imprisonment and neurosis of repetitive acts – the paralysis of being stuck in the narrative loop. Visually the work is inspired by the unifying and sparse aesthetic often encountered in Beckett’s stage productions, pitched against the heightened illusory space of early cinema. Drawing these worlds together is a sound composition by Aralla technically derived from the dynamism of the film’s movement alongside off-stage voice and instrument.
Full Film – in three channels
For Lengths was conceived as a malleable work, and has several iterations, including a single channel film. In this iteration, it is proposed as a multichannel installation. The intent being to create an immersive installation where the movement on screen activates physical space, concretised and dissipated by sound. The number of channels in this orchestration is three, using three or four screen areas. This dependent on both site and location, as is the potential for a reconstructed sound-scape to both expand the installation site working at the interstices between physical and filmic space. This through exploring notions of audio proximity, location and synchronicity, drawing on the dynamic between ambient sound and digital silence.
SAM JURY – Artist Filmaker
Sam Jury works across the mediums of film, video, installation. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Popehelm, film screening as part of Disasters of Peace, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; To Be Here, a multichannel video installation at the MSU Broad Art Museum, USA; The Approach, screening as part of Moving Time, Video Art at 50, at CAFA Museum, Beijing and Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China. In 2018, Jury was nominated for the UK’s Jarman Award and won the Arts Humanities Research Council Research in Film (RIFA) Award for her short film To Be Here which centres on the lives of Sahrawi refugees living in long-term displacement.
LUCA VEGGETTI – Choreographer/Stage director
Luca Veggetti’s work has been produced and presented by some of the world’s leading theaters, companies and festivals, such as the Martha Graham Dance Company and Works&Process at the Guggenheim. Turning his interests toward contemporary music, experimental forms and new technologies has lead him to develop collaborations with leading artists and composers, and with visual arts institutions such as the Drawing Center in New York. In 2012 his piece Meditation on Violence performed at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow was awarded a Golden Mask. His collaboration with composer Paolo Aralla has produced a number of dance and theater pieces that explore the relation between dance, theatre and new sound technologies, creating works that have been presented throughout the world. He has recently directed and choreographed Toshio Hosokawa’s The Raven at the New York Philharmonic Biennial, Hosokawa’s operas Hanjo and Vision of Lear in Japan, and the US premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s The Tempest Songbook for Gotham Chamber Opera with the Martha Graham Dance Company at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 2016, he will work with MART, Rovereto for a major new installation/performance.
PAOLO ARALLA – Composer
Paolo Aralla studied at the Accademia Chigiana under the tutelage of Franco Donatoni. In his early career he was awarded scholarships from the SIAE and the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris and the National Academy of S. Cecilia in Rome and in 1990 he was winner of the prestigious Gaudeamus prize in Amsterdam. In 2001, his interest in the performative interactions between artistic disciplines led him to create the group PRISMA (Pedagogia e Ricerca Internazionale sui Sistemi Musicali Assistiti da computer) with other European composers and supported by IRCAM. Aralla’s music has been performed and played by renowned ensembles and musicians such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Either/Or Ensemble, Orchestra Toscanini, Günter Neuhold, Jonathan Nott, Maurizio Ben Omar and Yoichi Sugiyama, to name just a few. His music has been presented in festivals around the world such as Radio France, Cité de la Musique, Paris, Teatro Farnese, Parma and the Biennale Musica in Venice. Since 2005, he has collaborated extensively with choreographer Luca Veggetti on works such as Scenario for Operà de Paris in 2008 and Memory/Measure, for Cedar Lake, New York in 2009. In 2002, he was one of the founding members of the FontanaMIXensemble based in Bologna. He teaches composition in the Conservatory of Music in Bologna.
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