Negiot

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Synopsis

Negiot: the plural of to touch, touching another body (in Hebrew). A dance film that portrays the lack of real human connection we may collectively experience in this technologically-based world. Physical touch is one of our basic human needs, and yet oftentimes, we degrade that.

Category

Dance Film

My role

Co-director
Director of Photography
Editor

Starring

Lian Kizner
Manuel Diana
Briana Eden
Stephen Galvan
Starr Montalvo
Destiny Pino.

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Goal

The Objective

As Lian Kizner (the creator, choreographer, writer and co-director) said: “In 2020 when the covid pandemic broke out, this project felt more important than before. During the times where there is a fear of being close to other humans because of a virus, wearing masks, not being able to see all the emotion that is expressed in the mouth. Being quarantined away from people for so long, that after that, hugging someone felt like a reward.” - Based on this, our objective for this project was clear, to lyrically project the pandemic’s emotional/psychological effects onto the screen through rhythm and movement.

Thinking

Strategy & Approach

Due to the pandemic, the dancers had to do all of their rehearsals via Zoom, which led the decision making process in terms of shots and style to be based completely on a pre-pandemic video of their performance, making this process be led mainly by good communication, imagination and intuition. Due to the meaning behind Negiot, the idea was to showcase their movements as a group in wide shots as much as possible and to alternate to thighter individual shots only when necessary, particularly when the dancers go through their “isolation” dance phrases.

Result

Final Experience

Negiot is a piece that speaks about isolation, lack of affection and community, in a lyrically abstract way. A topic that must be talked about more during this technological era and pandemic times. The beautiful thing about dance is that it’s up to the viewer to interpret the movements and to connect them to an internal narrative that they personally relate to.

Design Direction

Visual Styles &
Design Standards ---

As there’s three songs, we wanted three different backgrounds

For me personally, each background may represent the estates of the psyche or the heart in times of isolation. The lighting and wardrobe stayed on the minimalistic side in order to highlight the movements and therefore the core of the narrative.

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