Friday Film Break: "DIORAMA," Starring Daniil Simkin and Maria Kochetkova

Rising from the seats of an empty theater, Daniil Simkin could be a vampire in an old silent movie. To the percussive, insistent accents played by the Kronos Quartet in this first-time collaboration, longtime partners Simkin and Maria Kochetkova explore the options of dancing together while apart—from Deutsche Oper Berlin and the sand dunes at Skagen, Denmark, with two separate film crews.

"Diorama" is dark, and strange—a surreal and bizarre chase. Choreographer Sebastian Kloborg's movements are steeped in theatricality and experiment; when Kochetkova senses Simkin's presence from her place projected on a backdrop behind him, she's startled and backs away. Nothing is normal right now, so we might as well try something different.

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Friday Film Break: Sara Silkin's "LOST MIND" for L.A. Contemporary Dance

In a surrealist and deeply emotional film directed by Sara Silkin, the dancers of "LOST MIND," Hyosun Choi and JM Rodriguez of L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, grapple with the turmoil resulting from mental illness. Although Silkin's inspiration stemmed from her personal relationship with her father, her message has become increasingly relatable following a year defined by historical events and experiences that have impacted the mental health of many. The film's music is by Patrick Watson and narration by Lori Dorfman.

January 2021