Documentary, 2016, Germany/Italy
Length: 67 min
Read the interview: http://agnesfilms.com/interviews/interview-with-daniela-lucato-director-and-producer-of-when-i-dance/
Social World Film Festival 2016 (Competition)
Dhaka Film Festival/Women Filmmakers 2017 (Competition)
David Di Donatello Prizes 2017 (Competition)
Athens Video Dance Project Competition 2017
Ismailia Film Festival Competition 2017
Marcellino de Baggis Prize- Semifinalist 2017
Director/Producer: Daniela Lucato
Dancers: Liat Benattis, Nicola Campanelli, Ana Cotoré, Maia Pik
Cameraman: Jacopo Pantaleoni
Cameraman: Vlad Margulis
Cameraman: Simone Trotta
Cameraman: Ian Wood
Editor: Daniela Lucato
Music: David Travers
Sound Designer: Jacopo Vannini/Kolloagency
Choreographer Assistant: Alessio Trevisani
Cultural Mediator: Katrin Janetzki
Activist: Adeel Ahmed
Activist: Asif Gilani
"When I Dance" is a feature-length documentary about the artistic research of four dancers from Israel, Spain, and Italy, and the approach they take to interpret with their bodies the stories of some refugees. The film will follow the process of the dancers during their research and aims to portray how a non-refugee can connect to the experiences of a refugee, and to reflect about ourselves in this relationship.
Four dancers from Israel, Spain and Italy decide to take part in a cultural project and investigate the stories of some refugees from Pakistan living in camps outside Berlin.
A reflection about the possibility of the body to tell stories, deleting social and ethnic distinctions, and connecting people from different groups.
The project will focus on the work of the dancers who decided to take part in the performance “Connecting Fingers” that had its premiere in Berlin at the English Theatre in June,2015. The show shares stories from some refugees who live or have lived in camps outside Berlin. The refugees were interviewed about their personal lives, and they shared private anecdotes and political situations
Through the interviews, every dancer interpreted in a solo or duo a specific dramaturgy written for him/her.
I started the dance-theatre project "Connecting Fingers" as an experiment, with the idea that it would turn into a film. I wanted to follow the idea of using the body to represent a story. Many elements from the interviews I conducted with refugees combined to create a dramaturgy in a way that I did not expect. I did not know where it was leading, but I was interested in the process of how my dancers would get involved emotionally and physically, confronting themselves while interpreting stories which belong to other people. In analyzing this process, I realized that there is much more to discover. This is the how the idea of the film "When I Dance" was born.