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Salt Water explores the contrast between the force of natural events and our own need and desire for stability. The work opens with an abstract sculptural mass of more than twenty dancers interlocked with bare curved backs that sway, rise, and fall in wave-like motions. Individual identification is only a momentary glimpse. Beneath the abstract form, intimate human connections reside. For the viewer, this negotiation between a distant abstract surface and a face in close proximity evokes a stroke of empathy; a call from the depths that is once again swept away. The work's central challenge is to expose the humanity and complexity of the individual as she or he exists within the crowd.
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Sydney World Film Festival
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Harlem International Film Festival
New York, USA
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
Contact Dance International Film Festival
BEST FILM AWARD
Minimalen Short Film Festival
BEST EDITING AWARD
ArteNonStop Film Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cinematica Videodance Competition 2020
Cast and Credits
Director, Choreographer, Editor
Michelle Mercedes Russell
Director of Photography
In the video-art medium, I work with dancers to create abstract sculptural forms that evolve over time. Drawing on the processes of various sculptors, specifically those who exploit the physical potential of a single material, I work to create an intricate mass that transcends the recognition of an individual body. To investigate this potential, the living sculpture is set up to respond to a dynamic range of conditions beyond its control, much in the way that weather patterns shift geological formations. Both planned and improvised variations of light placement, lens choice, camera angle, camera movement, and the dancers' dynamics are tools used to stimulate this process. Both intended and unforeseen images materialize out of this variation of circumstances. I leave enough of an opening just past my control so that the structures combined with the circumstances can deliver more than what I have preconceived; something I have never seen before.
Abe Abraham received his BFA in Dance from the Tisch School for the Arts at New York University. As the artistic director of Abanar, Mr. Abraham creates video-art works that feature dancers from some of the leading dance companies in the world, including New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Complexions, Shen Wei, Stephen Petronio, and Dutch National Ballet. His most recent work “Salt Water” has appeared in over forty film festivals and exhibitions around the globe and has won several awards, including Best Film at the 31st Minimalen Short Film Festival in Norway, Best Experimental Film Awards at Sydney World Film Festival and The Harlem International Film Festival, Best Editing at ANSFF in Buenos Aires, Jury Prize at The Cinematica Festival and the Nova Prize in New York City.