ELEMENTS OF MINE

CATEGORY: culture, dance, dance programme, tv programme
STATUS: in distribution
A Film by Norbert Servos and Khaled El Hagar

ELEMENTS OF MINE

Here a sensual tale is embedded in dancing and the metropolis Berlin, as seen from a new angle. The two dancers from top Berlin companies orbit one another remotely or intimately in a way startling, sensual and seductive.
Runtime: 30 min.
| Film length: 2692 ft.
| Recording format: Digital Beta
Audio format: Stereo
| Picture ratio: 16:9, 4:3 letterbox
Cast

Jorge Morro (Komische Oper Berlin)
Nicola Mascia (Campagnie Sasha Waltz)

Team

script: Norbert Servos, Khaled El Hagar
directed by: Norbert Servos, Khaled El Hagar
choreography by: Norbert Servos
camera: Andrew Catlin
sound: Pascal Capitolin
montage: Markus Aha
music: Habib Benedikt Elias

producers: Andrea Thilo, Thomas Grube, Uwe Dierks
co-produced by: NDR/ Arte (Dr. Ulrike Dotzer)

World distribution
BOOMTOWNMEDIA INTERNATIONAL
Honours
Winner First Prize - Moving Pictures Festival, Toronto (MoPix Award 2004)
4th FILM MEETING 2008, Cairo - Best Sound
Awarded by the Embassy of France in the Arabic Republic of Egypt
Synopsis

ELEMENTS OF MINE

"On leaving the cocoon of childhood we feel physically isolated. For the rest of our lives we vacillate between being alone, vulnerable and mortal and being drawn joyfully to unite. Our skins divide us but are also our means of contact with each other and everything else. Our strongest impressions are of touching, tasting and smelling."

Norbert Servos, choreographer

ELEMENTS OF MINE shows a day in the lives of two dancers. They rove through Berlin with only two requisites – a half-pipe for a skateboarder, and an ikosaeder, which is a Labanian three-dimensional form. With these they give street-performances, some of them in front of high-tech architecture. Day-dreams tend to mingle in their daily performances, drawing them into worlds of fantasy. The performers are mirrored by an elderly couple, who at times seem to be lovers, albeit elderly, and at times a shadow of nearing age, till both lines cross.

This dance film is a European project. The dancers Jorge Morro (from the Comic Opera in Berlin) and Nicola Mascia (from the company Sasha Waltz) grew up respectively in Spain and Italy. The choreographer Norbert Servos lives and works in Berlin. The director Khaled El Hagar is an Egyptian living in England (Birmingham) like the cameraman and photographer Andrew Catlin (Hastings).

Festivals
Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video 2003, Toronto
VideoDance, 2004 International Thessaloniki Film Festival, Athen & Thessaloniki
DANCE ON CAMERA FESTIVAL 2005, New York
DFA's 32nd Annual Festival 2005, New York