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We are pleased to inform you that the short film Initiation directed by Iwona Pasińska and produced by the Polish Dance Theatre last year, was awarded main prizes at the international dance festivals, winning the Best of Fest prize at the Art Triangle Dance Film Festival in Dallas, and the ?Best international film? prize at the 3rd edition of the Mexico City Videodance Festival.


About the festivals:


The ARTS TRIANGLE Dance Film Festival is dedicated to art pieces at the intersection of the art of movement and motionless images. It creates a platform for dialogue for established and emerging artists. This year saw the first edition of the Festival, with Pasińska?s Initiation  presented with the main prize.


The idea behind the Mexico City Videodance Festival posits a venue for meetings and lively, open discussions featuring members of the audience, film artists and theorists, dancers and visual artists. The organisers aim to popularise contemporary art pieces that combine choreography with the language of film. The lead theme of this year?s 3rd edition was the expression of the mature body, manifested through various choreographic idioms: contemporary dance, social dance, traditional dances, voguing, ballet, step, street dance, and many others. Over 40 films from around the world, including Germany, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, South Korea, Denmark, Spain, France, Indian, and the USA, among others, were submitted for the ?best international film? category, with the Best of Fest prize awarded to Initiation.


About Initiation:

Initiation is an experiment featuring music and film directed by Iwona Pasińska, with a hypnotic score by Jacek Sienkiewic and ascetic set design by Andrzej Grabowski, where each prop plays a significant role. The sophisticated visual form, permeated with a subtle interplay of artificial lights and dusk has been combined with broadly defined physical expression by the dance artists of the Polish Dance Theatre. Each of the black-and-white shots in this short is a separate, painting-like composition, which could well exist on its own as an individual image or artistic photograph. Put together, they combine into an oneiric story, in which the viewer?s perception is strongly affected by the movement of the dancers and that of the camera, which cyclically returns to the same locations. Probing the depths of human habitats, toxic relations, and untamed fears, we see that the demons grappling with the protagonists often exemplify the social issues straight off the press headlines. One of the protagonists learns about human traumas by enacting successive scenes from an imaginary life. What awaits him at the end of his eponymous ?Initiation,? i.e. the attempt to enter reality?



Authors and contributors:

Written and directed by: Iwona Pasińska

Photography: Marek Grabowski

Editing: Edyta Pietrowska

Music and sound mix: Jacek Sienkiewicz

Set design: Andrzej Grabowski

Costumes: Zofia Grzybowska, Urszula Szkudlarek, Kuluza Studio

Lighting design: Artur Schubert,

Lighting and grip: Artur Schubert, Shapoval Yevhenii, Stern Pictures s.c. light&grip

Colour correction: Mirosław Mamczur

Set manager: Małgorzata Andrzejewska

Dance artists of the Polish Dance Theatre: Urszula Bernat-Jałocha, Fabian Fejdasz, Julia Hałka, Paulina Jaksim, Jerzy Kaźmierczak, Zbigniew Kocięba, Katarzyna Kulmińska, Paweł Malicki, Marcin Motyl, Michał Przybyła, Adrian Radwański, Katarzyna Rzetelska, Sandra Szatan, Dominik Więcek, Emily Wong; also featuring guest appearances by Kacper Bożek, Marta da Pinto oraz Iga Włodarczyk

Technical crew: Przemysław Gapczyński, Grzegorz Okupniak, Grzegorz Potocki, Andrzej Przybyszewski.

Project coordinator: Ewelina Chatłas

Produced by the Polish Dance Theatre (2017)

Co-financed by the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the programme Music and Dance ? Interventions 2017 +



Initiation premiered online on 8 December 2017 and has been available since at The film was presented in Poznań (premiering on 7 December 2017 at Estrada Poznańska), and at an out-of-competition screening during the Dances with Camera. Polish Moves cycle at the Short Waves Festival 2018. Since then, Initiation has been successfully presented at numerous international film festivals, making it to the final of the DADC International Short Dance Film Competition in Saint-Etienne, France, and joining the group of films selected for the third edition of the RIFF: R.E.D. International Film Festival in Norway. It was also featured in the May edition of the ?Short to the point? Competition and presented at Duke University?s Nasher Museum of Art in Durham, North Carolina, as part of the ADF?s Movies By Movers Film Festival. In September, the film will be screened at the  Thessaloniki Cinedance International Festival (29-30 September), and in October it will have its presentation at the Choreoscope ? International Dance Film Festival in Barcelona (9 ? 14 October) and the 9th edition of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (11 ? 14 October).


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