Lapsúlyos || Certain Solitude [2023 | HU]

choreographic moving image [dancefilm] – experiential short; 08:35

Being in a gym.
Running on a treadmill.
Letting the perception shift, in which shift you may notice the choreography of the space around.

The seeds of this choreographic moving image lay in my experiences being in the gym, running on the treadmill, and letting my perception shift, in which shift I could notice the choreography of the space around. The film oscillates between „everyday movement” and „dance”. I was also inspired by the endurance of muscles, the discharges of the body, especially the sweat, our fluid bodies and the skin itself in this process.

Touch plays an important role: how we touch different material qualities? How do we let ourselves been touched by the material, or by other people? How our eyes as beholders touch the screen while meeting with the images, and what may the images touch in ourselves? Skin and metal. Warm and cold. Inside and outside. A pause. A longing. Certain Solitude.

 

Stáb:

Performers: Attila DÁNIEL, Attila HORVÁTH, Rebeka Petra KISS, Emese KOVÁCS, Henrietta SUDÁR, Zsófi SZÁSZ

A camera / DOP: Dániel SZANDTNER

B camera: Zsolt MAGYARI

technician and DIT: Ambrus KERTÉSZ

production assistant: Péter MURVAI

editor: Bernadett JOBBÁGY

coloring: Viktor BORBÉLY

original music: Rozi MÁKÓ

director and choreographer: Bernadett JOBBÁGY

producer: Dániel HERNER, Bernadett JOBBÁGY

production Company: Filmworks Kft.

location of shooting: Lite Wellness Klub, Budapest

special thanks: Miklós Lendvay, Szilvi (Vivi) Papp, Réka Szűcs, Gábor Valuska

© Bernadett Jobbágy

The Project is supported by the KDP-2021 Program of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology from the source of the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund.

 

 

Director’s thoughts

Being inspired by the persistence of muscles, by the body-fluids, the sweat, and the skin, the film oscillates between „everyday movement” and „dance”. Contemplation and action. Contemplation in action. Sensing and feeling the space. Touching the space.
The work is part of my ongoing research on embodied filmmaking. Touch and space are playing an important role in my research: how we touch different material qualities? How do we let ourselves been touched by the material, by the space, or by other people? How our eyes as beholders touch the screen while meeting with the images, and what the images may touch in ourselves?
Skin and metal. Warm and cold. Inside and outside. A pause. Longing. Certain Solitude.

The process: as a method we combined the „classical” pre-planned way of shooting with structured improvisation, inviting collective intuition and real time composition into the process. This means that the cinematographers are as well part of this improvisation and composition within the given frame. The process of editing is also the combination of pre-set ideas (wishes), mixed with intuitive choices. Besides using the images which I clearly wanted to and was able to capture, I also let the material „work on me”. This way I could choose moments what stayed with me as images after I’ve seen the raw material a couple of time. After: rhythm. Blindness at a certain point. Leaving time to settle, revisit. Deadline. Let go.

One point of departure before te shooting was that I don’t want to have a clear narrative line, also I don’t want to have one (or few) protagonist. This practically meant that either there was a group of dancers as one body or that in each scene (with each fitness machine or location) other performers had lead role. Therefore the motion, the affective spacetimes, and the qualities of presence and images have to form the guiding thread.

 

The title: ‘Lapsúlyos’ is a Hungarian word, naming the fixed weight machines in the gym.

 

Installációk, kiállítások:
  • March 23rd, as part of the Collective research experiment No.1. program within Labification – Metaphor or Practice? event in HUFA, Budapest
    » reflection of the event as research activity: HERE 
  • 2023. May 17th – 30th, within the exhibition entitled ‘A futás iránya’, Feszty-ház, HUFA Doctoral School, Budapest
    » event on FB
  • 2023. June 15th – Aug. 27th, within the exhibition entitled ’Fejér Vármegyei Tárlat’, Csók István Képtár, Székesfehérvár
    » event link
Vetítések:
  • June 17th – 18th, 2023, SomaHut Festival, Zagreb; organizer: Multimedijalna Koliba, partner: Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb
  • June 21st – 25th, 2023, in the program of ’Being With…’ annual conference of the Body-Mind Centering® Association, Geneva, New York, USA
    » conference program
  • November 2, 2023: Frame x Frame Film Fest; Houston, TX, USA
Közelgő fesztiválok, vetítés:
  • March 14, 2024: Moovy Tanzfilmfestival / Dance Film Festival, Köln, Germany

 

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