Category Archives: Performing Arts

“Thoroughbred”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

“Thoroughbred” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Concert Pianist Ivan Moshchuk Directed By Kurt Schneider.

Edited and Directed by: Kurt Schneider

Thoroughbred Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

Narrated and Performed by: Ivan Moshchuk

Produced by: Eightfold
Director of Photography: Casey Stolberg
1st AC: Quinton Rodriguez
2nd AC: Vinnie Bredemus
Steadicam: Greg Johnson
Gaffer: Taylor McKean
Grip: Jake Gottman
PA: Kyle Brow

Sound Design: Tailorsound
Color: Matt Osborne

“Thoroughbred is a film about the isolating pursuit of perfection. The daily battle waged between ambition and anxiety.”

Thoroughbred Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

Here again, seated with a gnawing feeling of dissatisfaction.
The ache in my stomach, the push at my back, always constant.
Forward.
Driven by that ambiguous spark. 
I question its origin, its impetus.
Burning, my envy rages against those so easily satisfied.
To know that peace would be bliss.
Yet were it offered, I know I would decline.
For as much as I disdain its presence, I invite its consistency.
Always more, always next.
For now, that great fear, the gap between my accomplishments and its expectations, subsides for the day. 
I’ve earned this calm, this freedom.
But it is fleeting.
For tomorrow, we start again.

 

Thoroughbred Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Kurt Schneider (2019)

Website: http://kurtschneider.tv/

“Haud Close Tae Me”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Eve McConnachie (2018)

“Haud Close Tae Me” is a Cinematic Poem Dance Short Film For Scottish Ballet Directed By Eve McConnachie.

Directed by: Eve McConnachie

Haud Close Tae Me Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Eve McConnachie 2018
Director of Photography: Michael Sherrington and Nick Aiton
Producer: Charlotte Gross for Scottish Ballet
Choreographer: Christopher Hampson
Sountrack: Alex Menzies

Poem by: Jackie Kay

Dancers: Jill Ferguson and Mia Thompson

Haud Close Tae Me Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Eve McConnachie 2018

“A short dance film examining the connection between our younger and older selves.

Created for Scottish Ballet, this short features professional ballerina Mia Thompson and 65-year-old dancer Jill Ferguson. Choreographed by Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Christopher Hampson, the film is inspired by a specially commissioned poem by the Scottish Makar Jackie Kay, who narrates, accompanied by Alex Menzies’ music.”

Haud Close Tae Me Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Eve McConnachie 2018

“Pas De Deux” by Jackie Kay

Would you take haud o’ me,
Take haud o’ me
Haud me in your airms and birl me aroon?
Would you haud close tae me
Haud close tae me
Lift me up and put me doon?

I’ll let go o’ you,
Let go o’ you
Turn you roon an’ set you free
You’re one step away
Two away frae me
A pas de chat, a pas de deux.

Would you run aff wey me
Run awa wey me
Tak my haunds and lead me astray?
Would you hae a word wey me,
Hae a word wey me,
Tell me: yesterday’s no the day?

I’ll keep time wey you,
Bide close tae you
Yer body’s memory, fu o’ story,
Step by step we go – chassé, plié…
In your foot, your toe:
You’re a magnificent glory.

Would you please follow me?
Still shadow me
Until night becomes day?
Keep up wey me
Pas marché or brisé volé?
Until the river meets the sea?

I’ll pace time with you,
Keep faith with you
Up the banks and over the brae
Until the moon draps tae the sea.
I’ll be your bridge, be your gateway
Till you are me and I am ye.

Would you let go o’ me,
Things have sapped and ebbed away.
Would you let go o’ me,
Let go o’ me
The words have slid back tae sea.
Who are ye? Who’s me? Who’s me?

I’ll dance the night away
Step by step away
You go; I’ll follow
Don’t worry now: don’t go away.
It all begins and ends with a demi plié!
Till I am you and you are me!

Are you dancing, you say; you say
Are you tomorrow?
Are you asking – what will you borrow?
The day just yesterday.
The nights dancing into the day.
The moon’s dancing into the sea.

Haud Close Tae Me Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed by Eve McConnachie 2018

Website: https://www.evemcconnachie.co.uk/

https://www.scottishballet.co.uk/event/short-film

“Serenity”: A Cinematic Poem Performance Short Film Directed By Vincent DiFrancesco (2018)

“Serenity” is a Cinematic Poem Music Performance Short Film Featuring Poet Edward Rowland Sills Directed By Vincent DiFrancesco.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Vincent DiFrancesco

Serenity Cinematic Poem Performance Short Film Directed by Vincent DiFrancesco 2018

Performance by: Hannah Williamson
Original Music by: Vincent DiFrancesco
Narrated by: Thomas Dunbar

Serenity Cinematic Poem Performance Short Film Directed by Vincent DiFrancesco 2018

“Serenity” by Edward Rowland Sills

Brook,
Be still,—be still!
Midnight’s arch is broken
In thy ceaseless ripples.
Dark and cold below them
Runs the troubled water,—
Only on its bosom,
Shimmering and trembling,
Doth the glinted star-shine
                  Sparkle and cease.

                  Life,
Be still,—be still!
Boundless truth is shattered
On thy hurrying current.
Rest, with face uplifted,
Calm, serenely quiet;
Drink the deathless beauty—
Thrills of love and wonder
Sinking, shining, star-like;
Till the mirrored heaven
Hollow down within thee
Holy deeps unfathomed,
Where far thoughts go floating,
And low voices wander
              Whispering peace.

Serenity Cinematic Poem Performance Short Film Directed by Vincent DiFrancesco 2018

Website: https://vimeo.com/user36704740

“Statures Of Gods”: A Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed By Arthur Valverde (2017)

“Statures Of Gods” is a Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed By Arthur Valverde.

Directed and Edited by: Arthur Valverde

Statures of Gods Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed by Arthur Valverde 2017

Director of Photography: Michel Taburiaux
Phantom Operator: Thomas Briant MacGregor
Music By: Tony Anderson (“All Is Not Lost”)
Sound Design by: Arvids Saulitis

Statures of Gods Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed by Arthur Valverde 2017

Dancers: Victoria Dauberville, Thomas Docquir and Paul Marque

Statures of Gods Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed by Arthur Valverde 2017

“Statures of Gods is an exploration of the art of movement; either sculpted or through the expression of dance. When the statues of Paris become one with three ballet dancers, captured frozen in jumping movement, truth is found in the shared reach for beauty.

Starring Victoria Dauberville, Thomas Docquir et Paul Marque from the Opera National de Paris.”

Statures of Gods Cinematic Visual Poem Short Film Directed by Arthur Valverde 2017

Website: http://www.arthurvalverde.com/

“ILLIAD”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Austin Alexander And Carl Johnson (2017)

“ILLIAD”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Performed and Directed By Austin Alexander And Carl Johnson.

Written, Performed and Directed by: Austin Alexander

Filmed and Co-Directed by: Carl Ray Johnson

Illiad Cinematic Performance Poem Short Film Written and Directed by Austin Alexander 2017

“ILL POETRY” reflects upon the shortness of life and the transcendent value of living it for oneself, as opposed to those & that which may control us.

The poetry featured in this video is an excerpt from a very special film project entitled “ILL” that is currently being developed by Austin Alexander in partnership with Gary Goldman & Saul Williams.”

Illiad Cinematic Performance Poem Short Film Written and Directed by Austin Alexander 2017

“Illiad” by Austin Alexander

Every living last one of us,
Brother sister soul and son of us
Will cross the river Styx and leave a story told by some of us
But the tragedy in life,
Is not in that which ends us
Rather, gravity’s spite commends us,
Complements and then condemns us
One hand digs the grave
As the other one defends us
Thus our flesh be made a fortress till the earth regain these corpses.
Painting portraits of our prime enforces fate to fade and forfeit,
For it defines our spine to stand and face the grave before it
We are torrent…
We pour life but don’t procure it
Though we ensure it by our deeds
Indeed we bleed to see our tales received by masses past our passage
We are but only passing plastic mortals asking to be perceived as everlasting
As if the last thing we breathed was
“Please proceed to feed within our fasting”
For we need more than bread alone to live,
When dead and gone we only did,
But what a long time led to not have lived
Beyond the cogs of cognitive construct and conative conduct
We living are love struck and fleeting…
Not seeing the belief in our being to be more, begs of breeding
False gods competing for life’s finest meaning,
And they are cheating conceited council deceiving our souls to concede
By simply selling us goals we perceive to be needing and we play the roles but
They are those leading
So this is me reading
The palms of our poems…
I see vultures pluck the puppet’s eyes,
Once strung and hung by neck and thighs to lords of lies, immortalized
By those that made these mortal ties
We chose our fatal sure demise
And I know why we try to deny these lives.
Because until people can feel equal, they will never really be full
Satisfied or peaceful, gratified and gleeful
Therefore life is lethal living needful in the valley of deceitful
I see people die consumed by consuming while presuming they feed us
But the fatal flaw in fact was feeling finances freed us
Only to find out we cheat us, beat us, abuse and mistreat us.
When we compete to complete us, we then proceed to recede us,
Depleting by eating thus feeding defeating us
Such exceedingly tedious acts of misleading us
Are all facts of life that are tragically meaningless
And we’re not needing this sickness
That’s been expressed and witnessed
In excessive obsessed and abstract addictions…
The abscess of that which has reached its transition
To known fact from fiction
Now, in fact, efficiently ILLing us, chilling, drilling then filling us
With heads full of dreadful detestable silliness
And my friends… this is killing us
So expect nothingness in death from life
Unless you guessed to let excellence preset the exodus
Be living testaments
Then commence to test thine eminence for all of the relevant evidence
Live in deliberate elegant reverence
Give and deliver your spell to the elements
Tell them in eloquence
Say that you are living intelligence!
So as for what you leave unto this earth…
Let it be more than simply skeletons.

Illiad Cinematic Performance Poem Short Film Written and Directed by Austin Alexander 2017

Website: https://www.austinalexander.com/poetry

 

“Welcome”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Written By Paul Haworth Directed By Ben Marshall (2017)

“Welcome”is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Written By Poet Paul Haworth For the Barbican Centre’s 35th Anniversary Directed By Ben Marshall.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Ben Marshall

Written, Performed and Narrated by: Paul Haworth
Music by: Tom Rosenthal
Produced by: Rachel Williams
Commissioned by: The Barbican Centre

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Actors: Simon Lyshon (Hero Host), Adam Bellamy and Sheri Sadd (Conservatory Couple),  and Zina Ramzi Noor (Artist).

“Welcome.
I don’t know where I’m going.
If life is uncomplicated,
I am elaborate.
Hearing that alot lately;
Never will I not look at you completely.”

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“From finding your way inside the Barbican and stage set up to latecomers and no-interval performances, we celebrate a day in the life of the Centre, as seen through the eyes of a Barbican Host.

In this case, Barbican Host – and poet – Paul Haworth in his poem, ‘Welcome’.

Pushing the boundaries of theatre, dance, film, music and visual art, we are Europe’s largest multi-arts centre.”

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Website: barbican.org.uk/barbicanat35

 

 

“Letter”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Written And Directed By Alexandra Chukhnenko (2017)

“Letter” is a Cinematic Poem Performing Arts Short Film Directed By Alexandra Chukhnenko.

Written and Directed by:  Alexandra Chukhnenko

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Cinematography, Editing and Sound by: Dmitry Tskhay
Executive Producer:  Anton Mishenko
1AC: Fedor Yashkin
Starring: Keyko Lee
Music by: Pavel Ivanov (Producer) and Sergey Uzhakin
Sound Design: Qbsound Studio
Narrated by: Richard Wayne
Color by: Konstantin Kuchin

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Website:  https://vk.com/alexandrachukhnenko

“Hoosier Quilt”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Directed By Jason Drake & Lexi Hiland (2017)

“Hoosier Quilt” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film For The Indiana Arts Commission Featuring Poem By Shari Wagner Directed By Jason Drake &  Lexi Hiland.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by: Jason Drake and Lexi Hiland

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Production Company: ThinkAhead Studios
Creative Consultant: Lewis Ricci
Executive Producer: Trevor Yager
Producers: Jason Drake and Lexi Hiland
Cinematography: Lexi Hiland, Matt McMahon, and Jason Drake
Audio: Andy Choka
Motion Graphics & VFX:Jake Thomas, Jake Myers, Jeremy Albert, and Justin Zurawski

Composer: Timothy Carlos
Musicians: Natalie Cole violin; Logan Jones viola; Kim Busic cello; and Carol Weirich piano
Painter: Jerry Karwowski
Guitarist: Frank Steans
Pianists: Lexi Hiland
Wanderer: Matt McMahon
Dancer: Emilia Floody
Quilter: Daren Redman
Additional Footage: Indiana Dept. of Tourim Development

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“To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Indiana Arts Commission wanted to showcase its rich history of pushing the arts scene forward. This film captures the essence of local artists’ creative processes as Indiana’s Poetry Out Loud winner voices one of the Indiana Poet Laureate’s poems.”

Narrated by: Grace Milligan

“Hoosier Quilt” by Shari Wagner (Excerpt)

We take our fabric from the
Field that Lincoln plowed;
The same earthmound builders aligned
With the movement of stars.
We choose our colors from the trees
As they traveled toward winter…

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Website: http://www.throughthesycamores.com/

http://www.in.gov/arts/

 

“You Don’t Know Opera”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Documentary By Ruben Van Leer (2016)

“You Don’t Know Opera” is a Cinematic Poem Short Film Documentary of Boxer Frank Engel Directed By Ruben Van Leer.

Written and Directed by: Ruben van Leer

Director of Photography: Paul Özgür
Tenor and Boxer: Frank Engel
Narrated by: Johnny Bang Reilley
Original Music and Sound: Tommy Zee
Edited by: Wouter van Luijn and Amber Hooijmans
Produced by: New Amsterdam Film Company

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Amsterdam-based artist and director Ruben Van Leer’s latest film is a high-energy portrait of professional tenor and amateur boxer Frank Engel, made in collaboration with the Dutch National Opera with the aim of attracting a different audience into its drama-filled world. Here, Van Leer talks about the story behind the film:

“This film is about the courageousness of self-expression. A battle with the self is the ultimate revolution. Frank is a boxer and a tenor in the chorus of Amsterdam’s Dutch National Opera. In the film he’s fighting his demon, a shadow of himself.

 “A battle with the self is the ultimate revolution”

“His fear of going on stage is bigger than that of death, of finally letting his voice be heard to the public and mastering his art. I wanted to make a tiny opera film: an existential theme that resonates within the streets, outside of theatre walls.”

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Article on film: https://www.nowness.com/story/you-dont-know-opera-boxing-frank-engel

Website: http://newams.com/

 

“Salvi Harps”: A Cinematic Poem Short Film Promo Directed By Alexandra Chukhnenko (2016)

“Salvi Harps” is a Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film Featuring Harpist Alexander “Sasha” Boldachev Directed By Alexandra Chukhnenko.

Directed by:  Alexandra Chukhnenko
Director of Photography:  Dmitriy Tskhay

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Harpist: Sasha Boldachev

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Dancers: German Shnaider / Sonya Alexandrova

Сhoreographer: German Shnaider

Sound Design: Enrico Sabena
1AC:  Elisey Gladnikov
Focus puller: Nikita Kotov
Gaffer:  Ilya Smirnov
Stylist:  Sergey Gilderman
MUAH: Vika Semenchina

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Websites: https://vk.com/alexandrachukhnenko

http://www.boldachev.info/

https://www.salviharps.com/