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TODD B. RICHMOND
Silence is an experimental dance film by Todd B. Richmond and choreographer Paz Tanjuaquio. The black and white film features Tanjuaquio joined by dancers Lynn Huang, Chia Ying Kao, and Uta Takemura. They explore movement ideas of imbalance and find lucidity in uncertain terrain, altering the sense of scale and gravity as they drift through isolated landscapes while balancing on alternating surfaces.
Inspired by a 1952 unpublished manuscript of “The Soundless Music” written by Yoko Ono (used with permission), Silence draws inspiration from its title and the whimsical imagery of distorted environments, and wittily activates the iconic images of Man Ray. The sound score composed by Richmond emphasizes the passage of time and infinite space, seamlessly intertwining movement, music, and film.
Fifth Wall Fest Competition 2020
Cast and Credits
Todd B. Richmond
TOPAZ ARTS, Inc.
Chia Ying Kao
Todd B. Richmond
National Endowment for the Arts
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Meet the Composer Commissioning, USA
Shot in black and white 16mm film on a 1950s Bolex camera, Silence was filmed in natural landscapes worldwide: from the deserts in California to the Alps and cityscapes of Paris, and finally to the Topaz Art Studio in Queens, New York. Working with the idea of finding balance, Silence is about the underlying rhythms and patterns between dance and filmmaking, created through position in time and camera orientation.
Topaz Arts Dance Productions is the work of filmmaker-composer Todd Richmond and choreographer-dancer Paz Tanjuaquio. Their collaborations integrate movement and music with film, visual arts and technology. Described by The New York Times as "intelligently conceived, image-filled dance", they have been collaborating since 1994 and went on to establish Topaz Arts, Inc. in 2000, a nonprofit arts organization for contemporary performance and visual arts.