Monday 11 February 2013

Expert Group Feedback

Some of the Expert Group Comments from a Preview Screening of Becoming Bodies, 7th February 2013: 

An extremely interesting and very well put together film…Interwoven…with paths that took us on visual and audio journeys…your woven patchwork of sound and image were both beautiful and engaging.
Allan Edwards, National Theatre

I liked the juxtaposing of the questioning dancers and the affirmative scientific voices… I personally liked the fact that you were able to address the idea of scientific ‘truth’. I also liked your treatment of what constitutes a body – where does it begin and end. And, I appreciated the broader questioning of certainty -sex/ gender etc. Becoming Bodies, I believe will provoke discussions on many levels and along many different lines.
Claire Neesham, Science-Art Writer and Editor

Moved beyond words.
Marina Rova, Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Movement Psychotherapist

It’s a different way for me of working as often I’m going in to learn steps or I’ve gone in where someone has an idea and I’ve improvised, in an embodied but different way. My emotional body isn’t connected in the same sense. On this level for me, it was a bringing together of lots of different bodies and so my historical…the historical body that is behind me and with me was very present in the process.
Jason Keenan-Smith, Dancer (in the film), Choreographer

An interesting and moving piece. An interesting exploration of the illusion of the self.
Dr Keon West, Psychologist

For me the entering in point in the film, starting with death and starting with death inside a cell, inside a molecular level was such a beautiful entering in point and so expansive and so ‘big picture’ and right up close. While I was watching; sensations kicking off around my body and I could feel the floor under my toes and I could smell metal, lots and lots of body sensations whilst watching the film.
Gill Lyon, Dancer, Dramatherapist

I think that everybody is so willing to accept truth from scientists...but I like the way that you’ve played with that.
Jon Silas Cognitive Neuroscience

…It raises a lot of intertextual questions …these are aesthetic questions and they are also political questions….it was very stimulating!
Dr Anna Seymour, Dramatherapist

…There’s a kind of cinematic beauty but also an underlying philosophical point about how we’re all sort of broken and I really like that. It’s kind of bleak, but I like bleak. Brilliant.
Dr Lewis Goodings, Social Psychologist

For me, the content is rich and to get it on one hit is almost not enough! You almost need to go back and revisit quite a few times and pick out some of the themes that you kind of want to indulge in and just kind of think about it a bit more. Just go back and pour over it, like a good book.
Neil Max Emmanuel, Illustrator, Motion Graphics Designer

I’m just really struck by all the layers. It’s really going on a journey of layers where I’m being kind of asked…it’s sort of all the different levels of engagement that are called upon in the watching of it. It’s incredible… very stimulating.
Henri Seebhom, Dramatherapist

I was impressed at how text, dance and music are integrated into one. Also, it travelled past, present and future.
Takehsi Matsumoto, Dancer (in the film), Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Very Real and raw. Amazed at what could be captured and contained in 35 mins.
Kriss Marr, Human Rights worker

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