‘Symphony of the Body’ wins Special Mention at Fiver cinema festival

Today, Sunday October 6th 2019, the winners of the VII edition Fiver ‘International screendance movement’ festival were announced. The short film ‘Symphony of the Body’ by the Dutch-Spanish film maker Monica Ruiz Van Hattem, starring Eduardo Guerrero and Antonio Lizana, was awarded with a Special Mention for ‘offering a reflection on the relation of human kind with the urban space in an organic way’ (abridged quote).

“I am very grateful that the jury awarded this film with a Special Mention as it is hard to pin it to a certain genre, navigating between documentary, performance and essay. This award means an extra incentive for it to be shown at all sorts of festivals where it will suit the program but still be the maverick.” – Film maker Monica Ruiz Van Hattem, Movie mento

How buildings move you

‘Symphony of the Body’ (‘Symfonia del Cuerpo’ / ‘Symfonie van het Lichaam’) is an exploration into the effects of architecture on the body and the mind, interpreted by the raw improvisations of two international renowned artists, flamenco dancer Eduardo Guerrero and singer and sax player Antonio Lizana. The modern building Centraal Station Rotterdam (a train station) acts as the third protagonist of the film.

Stills from the short dance film on architecture Symphony of the Body by Monica Ruiz van Hattem.

Made with help from aficionados

Monica Ruiz-van Hattem set out to find out how architecture, especially modern architecture like in her home town Rotterdam, moves the mind. As part of the research of the film, she visited the Centraal Station Rotterdam with Jan Benthem (from Benthem Crouwel Architects), one of the architects of the formidable Rotterdam Centraal building. After a crowdfunding campaign, where many Dutch aficionados contributed, the production could start. The film premiered June 14th this year during the AIR architecture festival with a viewing, panel discussion and performance of the artists.

Fiver Screendance Movement

Fiver is an international platform to support and popularize the dance genre in its audiovisual-cinematographic form. Every year Fiver organizes a festival to honor international dance film pieces. A jury of professionals from dance and visual arts select the videos submitted by the contestants. The Festival is a renowned international competition. This year there were 25 nominees from 10 countries for this edition of the Fiver awards. The full jury rapport on the Special Mention for ‘Symphony of the Body’ reads: “The jury has granted a Special Mention to Symphony of the Body for joining architecture, dance, song and film making in an organic way. By maneuvering between documentary, performance art and essay, the film offers a reflection on the relation of human kind with the urban space, in this case the Centraal Station of Rotterdam.” The full list of nominees and winners are published at the awards page of the Fiver festival

Available for screening

At this moment Monica Ruiz Van Hattem and her team are pitching the film for viewing at festivals. It is possible to book the film with or without live performance of the artists and a panel discussion on the public space and it’s effect on the body and mind. The film takes 18 minutes and is language-free. For more information, contact monica@movi-mento.nl or info@flamencoagenda.nl

Check the trailer of the movie with a snippet of a live performance:

Copyright article: Ginette Lavell