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FIFTH WALL FEST

presents

SERPENTINE

a  short   film  by  FIFTH    WALL    FEST

featuring costume design  by SASSA JIMENEZ

directed and choreographed by  MADGE REYES

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SERPENTINE is a modern-day probe into the revered Serpentine Dance by modern dance pioneer and stagecraft innovator Loie Fuller. The in-house production is a study of the source piece, popularised by Fuller in the Art Nouveau scene of the 1890s. It features the works of like-minded artists, all of which fuse to reincarnate a much celebrated relic of the captured past. Ultimately, the film serves as a response to how Fuller’s production and performance prowess may be interpreted to fit in the cadence of the contemporary dance film rhythm. 

Photos by Mick Tuyay

#FWFxSJ      #MovementInFocus     #FWFilms

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THE INSPIRATION 

With each frame tinted by hand, Loie Fuller’s Serpentine Dance came to be the first known dance recorded on camera. The original performance sees Fuller swathed in silks, swirling her arms in circular, repetitive gestures to provide momentary colorful glimpses on the garb’s fluid reflections. For Fuller, the motion never stops. The light, a potent strand of her living artistry, was intended by Fuller to adapt and transform into her atmosphere, which ended up being an emblematic conveyance of her “La Loie” stature. It was rumored that her last words were: “The light! The light!”

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Poster design for Loie Fuller circa 1902 by Koloman Moser

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IN FULLER COLOR

Apart from her quest to stay ahead of her many imitators, Fuller patented numerous techniques from stage lighting to costume and set design over the course of her career. Her early inquiry into chemical gels and luminescence salts led her to become a prominent figure in history, having been one of the first to explore colored lighting. Her collaborators turned friends include the Lumiere Brothers, Marie Curie, and Thomas Edison.

WE MAKE MOVING IMAGES

FWFilms

WE MAKE MOVING IMAGES

Dance film is a continually evolving genre that combines the ephemeral nature of dance with the technical aspects of film. FIFTH WALL FEST's movement-centric production arm, FWFilms, enforces the text by which we define our purpose –– putting Movement in Focus®.

Our body of work includes ––

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Photo by Sandro Zobel

Elementos (2020), made in collaboration with Steps Dance Studio and Tarzeer Pictures, is a screen adaptation of Waterfalls, winner of the Philippine Dance Cup in 2016.

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Photo by Sandro Zobel

Happy Day (2020) is a short dance film for Ayala Malls’ holiday campaign featuring Steps Dance Studio and Likha PH. 

Serpentine (2021) pays homage to Loie Fuller’s esteemed Serpentine Dance from the 1890s, featuring costume design by Sassa Jimenez.

If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact partner@fifthwallfest.com.

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