Dance & Choreography Graduate Produces 2020 Rhythms

12 January 2021

Maria Evans, who graduated from Falmouth University's BA (Hons) Dance & Choreography course in 2020, has made a powerful short film in response to the pandemic.

Of her work, Maria says:

By capturing found movement of key workers, the screen becomes the dance, where each person is a vital cog in a larger process."

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Commissioned by East London Dance through their The Fi.ELD (Future Innovators. East London Dance) programme, 2020 Rhythms explores the rhythmic processes of making NHS Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gowns. Maria was mentored by award-winning dance artist Botis Seva.

Maria's film premiered online at the MESA Festival. Created, curated and produced by The Fi.ELD, a unique programme from East London Dance to develop the future innovators of dance, this year's artists used their medium to explore the concept of family.

Of her work, Maria says: "By capturing found movement of key workers, the screen becomes the dance, where each person is a vital cog in a larger process. With rhythmic momentum and interspersed stillness, it presents humanity in the year 2020's fluctuating rhythms of emotion - our pulling apart and our coming together."

Emma Hopley of Screenshare Film Screening writes, "Rhythms of clockwork are established and overlapped to thrilling effect. Divided screens are used thoughtfully, with varied directionality and pace showing the functional and the fancy. A stark cut reveals the humanity behind the production, and the socially conscious basis for this slick work."

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