Featuring films by Yasmine El Mansouri, Izabel Barsive, Marie-Pier Chayer Demers, and Timothy Smith.
Exploring the medium of dance through the lens of a camera, these four filmmakers capture the art of movement from very different perspectives. Join us as we screen each of their pieces, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.
This evening will also premiere the work of the Ottawa Arts Council’s 2017 Young Artist Award recipient Yasmine El Mansouri.
Friday, November 17, 2017
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Arts Court Studio
2 Daly Ave, Ottawa
Lola the wind
By Izabel Barsive
“I was the figure in the landscape
The elements called me to dance
I did not think, I only moved
That was all I needed”
Starring Lola Ryan and directed by Izabel Barsive from Ottawa, Canada, “Lola the wind” explore, with poetry, through a choreography improvised, a transformation, filmed with a digital pinhole camera.
Izabel Barsive is an independent filmmaker and visual artist. Her company, Barsive Productions is based in Ottawa, Canada. Among others, she is specialized in dance projects (screendance / documentation). For 14 years, her screen dance projects were welcomed by many international festivals. Her videos are also presented in art galleries or artistic events. In May 2016, she was invited to the FAAS representing the “Voix visuelle” gallery based in Ottawa, where she created the video installation “I can not dance”.
Her current explorations use digital pinhole and are translated into images and experimental videos created from, among others, a smartphone on the themes of the environment and the fragility of existence.
She participated as a jury for arts organizations as Ontario Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, City of Ottawa and Saw Video among others. She is also a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa and art educator in schools, the community and for overseas projects. As a trained occupational therapist, she also give media arts workshops to people with special needs.
By Marie-Pier Chayer Demers
A word that is often used to describe performing arts is “Ephemeral”. For every second spent on stage, we must submerge ourselves into the present moment. That moment, as short as infinite, makes us travel through our imagination. It is with this vision that I wished to create Ephemeral, and therefore imagine the sensation of the present moment, as experienced on stage.
Marie-Pier Chayer Demers
Marie-Pier Chayer Demers, a 22-year-old from of eastern Ontario, is a passionate of the arts, in every sense of the word. Having just completed her fourth year at the University of Ottawa, in Theater and Cinema, Marie-Pier is devoted to her passion, with the intention of one day becoming a film director.
By Tim Smith
The experimental video ‘Moving Gaze’ explores the many facets of movement in regards to time-based images. A contemporary dance performance by Marilou Lépine is shown via a unique process of image production that combines camera movement, video and stop motion long exposure photography. It is accompanied by the experimental sounds of Mika Posen.
Timothy I. Smith is a photographic artist who is interested in the relationship between photography, video and how they are viewed in a digital form. He has been exhibiting his work since 2006 and has been part of group exhibitions at the Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Derby Museum & Art Gallery and was a UK representative at the Biennial of Young Artists in Skopje, Macedonia, 2009. He studied Fine Art at the University of Brighton, UK and Photography at Nottingham Trent University, UK.