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DANCE FILM OPEN CALL

UNTIL FEBRUARY 15, 2023

Future Futures

Company 605
Brian J. Johnson
Friday 3. Nov 2023
18:45 GMT+1
Metropolis Kino
  • Film Installation
Canada

| Synopsis

How do we bring our physical bodies with us into our inevitably digitally-bound futures?

Collaboratively conceived by Director Brian J. Johnson and Vancouver’s acclaimed Company 605, Future Futures is a collection of 5 short dance films that explore the digital destiny of humankind through a unique merging of camera and visual effects with an intensely specific choreographic vision. Embracing the absurdity of centering dance inside a sci-fi narrative, the experimental series collapses time to portray human culture at an unprecedented moment: an emergence of a new, autonomous and intelligent being – the digital reflection and culmination of ourselves. In a state of mass transition, and forced into a bizarre coexistence alongside this growing presence, the remaining population of embodied “real” humans confront their own fears and curiosity of this new dawn while grieving what might be left behind in their looming obsolescence. Through its otherworldly imagery, choreography and driving electronic sound score, Future Futures evolves as a strange, highly visual and compellingly watchable exploration into what we are if no longer tied to our bodies, and how we will define humanity when being faced with a fading physical existence.

| Credits

Future Futures
A CBC Arts Original
Created by Brian J. Johnson & Company 605
Produced by Screen Siren Pictures

Executive Producer: Trish Dolman / Screen Siren Pictures
Producer: Kate Kroll
Producers: Lisa Mariko Gelley & Josh Martin

Written by: Brian J Johnson & Company 605
Director / DOP: Brian J Johnson
Movement Direction and Choreography: Company 605 in collaboration with the performers
Composer: Matthew Tomkinson
Editor: Aram Coen / Karen Porter
Production Design: Kalyn Miles

Featured Performers: Jasmine Chen, Justine A. Chambers, Josh Martin, Bynh Ho, Zahra Shahab, Avery Smith, Jessica Wilkie, Lisa Mariko Gelley, Antonio Somera, Billy Marchenski, Kate Franklin, Arash Khakpour, Kylie Miller, Brandon Alley

Company 605

| Biography

Originally from Alberta, Canada, Josh Martin is dance maker/performer who lives and works in Vancouver. Inspired by the merging of urban and contemporary forms, he received his diverse training across North America and Europe, studying in many genres. In his ongoing career as an interpreter and collaborator, he has worked with many companies and independent choreographers such as: Justine A. Chambers, Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction), Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance), Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond (Out Innerspace Dance Theatre), Helen Walkley, Serge Bennathan (Les Productions Figlio), Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance), and as a past company member of Ottawau2019s Le Groupe Dance Lab under the direction of Peter Boneham.

Josh’s independent work has been performed all across Canada as well as in the USA, Costa Rica, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Hungary, and throughout Germany. His previous solo work, Leftovers, has received over 50 presentations, and numerous awards (including 1st Prize for Choreography at the International SoloTanz Festival in Stuttgart). For over 12 years, Josh has been an Artistic Co-Director of Company 605, creating and producing new works through a collaborative process throughout Canada and Internationally.

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Lisa Gelley is a performer, teacher, choreographer, and mother, living and working on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She received her training in classical, contemporary, and urban dance forms in Canada and Europe. In 2007-8, she trained and performed as a guest interpreter at Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa under the direction of Peter Boneham. She has traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel where she carried out two intensive periods of study in Gaga and Batsheva Dance Company repertoire with Ohad Naharin. Lisa’s main focus is now co-directing Company 605, creating original works through collaborative processes with artists in dance and other disciplines. Lisa has performed in works by choreographers including Dana Gingras, Justine A. Chambers, Amber Funk Barton, Vanessa Goodman, Martha Carter, and was a member of Aeriosa (Julia Taffe) for six years, broadening her practice to include vertical contemporary dance in rock climbing systems on urban building walls and mountains. In addition to her work as a performer/choreographer, Lisa values opportunities to connect with young dancers and emerging professionals through contemporary dance education in Vancouver. Lisa is the recipient of the 2015 Vancouver International Dance Festival Choreographic Award.

| Biography

Originally from Alberta, Canada, Josh Martin is dance maker/performer who lives and works in Vancouver. Inspired by the merging of urban and contemporary forms, he received his diverse training across North America and Europe, studying in many genres. In his ongoing career as an interpreter and collaborator, he has worked with many companies and independent choreographers such as: Justine A. Chambers, Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction), Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance), Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond (Out Innerspace Dance Theatre), Helen Walkley, Serge Bennathan (Les Productions Figlio), Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance), and as a past company member of Ottawau2019s Le Groupe Dance Lab under the direction of Peter Boneham.

Josh’s independent work has been performed all across Canada as well as in the USA, Costa Rica, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Hungary, and throughout Germany. His previous solo work, Leftovers, has received over 50 presentations, and numerous awards (including 1st Prize for Choreography at the International SoloTanz Festival in Stuttgart). For over 12 years, Josh has been an Artistic Co-Director of Company 605, creating and producing new works through a collaborative process throughout Canada and Internationally.

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Lisa Gelley is a performer, teacher, choreographer, and mother, living and working on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She received her training in classical, contemporary, and urban dance forms in Canada and Europe. In 2007-8, she trained and performed as a guest interpreter at Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa under the direction of Peter Boneham. She has traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel where she carried out two intensive periods of study in Gaga and Batsheva Dance Company repertoire with Ohad Naharin. Lisa’s main focus is now co-directing Company 605, creating original works through collaborative processes with artists in dance and other disciplines. Lisa has performed in works by choreographers including Dana Gingras, Justine A. Chambers, Amber Funk Barton, Vanessa Goodman, Martha Carter, and was a member of Aeriosa (Julia Taffe) for six years, broadening her practice to include vertical contemporary dance in rock climbing systems on urban building walls and mountains. In addition to her work as a performer/choreographer, Lisa values opportunities to connect with young dancers and emerging professionals through contemporary dance education in Vancouver. Lisa is the recipient of the 2015 Vancouver International Dance Festival Choreographic Award.

Brian J. Johnson

| Biography

Brian Johnson is a cinematographer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist whose work ranges from traditional filmmaking for broadcast, to visual art, theatre and performance. He is an avid and enthusiastic collaborator as well as an independent artist creating works that tend to operate within the continuum of cinema.

Brian has been winning awards for his cinematography for over 15 years with credits including Sweet Magnolias and The Killing for Netflix/AMC and You Me Her for Direct TV and E-one. His own films and broadcast-based work have been equally fêted with awards and inclusion in festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand’s ISFF and more recently the San Francisco Dance Film Festival where Inheritor Recordings was awarded best cinematography and runner-up for best short. He is currently developing a feature film project with Toronto based novelist David Eddie. Most recently he directed a series of short films titled Future Futures that will launch on the CBC’s streaming platform GEM in the summer of 2022. These films were produced in collaboration with Screen Siren Pictures and Company 605 – one of Canada’s leading dance companies.

| Biography

Brian Johnson is a cinematographer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist whose work ranges from traditional filmmaking for broadcast, to visual art, theatre and performance. He is an avid and enthusiastic collaborator as well as an independent artist creating works that tend to operate within the continuum of cinema.

Brian has been winning awards for his cinematography for over 15 years with credits including Sweet Magnolias and The Killing for Netflix/AMC and You Me Her for Direct TV and E-one. His own films and broadcast-based work have been equally fêted with awards and inclusion in festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand’s ISFF and more recently the San Francisco Dance Film Festival where Inheritor Recordings was awarded best cinematography and runner-up for best short. He is currently developing a feature film project with Toronto based novelist David Eddie. Most recently he directed a series of short films titled Future Futures that will launch on the CBC’s streaming platform GEM in the summer of 2022. These films were produced in collaboration with Screen Siren Pictures and Company 605 – one of Canada’s leading dance companies.