Is the sound of the hammer hitting the anvil a natural conclusion, or a teller’s choice?
Imago is meant to be a multi-part hybrid of video dance and short film. This first part is titled Orientation, and is the introduction to the nameless character’s abduction, who finds herself literally inside a story constructed by the main unseen antagonist, The Engineer.
The story must be completed, and to accomplish that she has to interact with a room where semiosis and metaphor come to life. The themes of transformation, self-image, and imagination are articulated through action, motion and its interpretation, original music, and The Engineer’s haunting voice.
Written and directed by Dani Joss
- Drosia Triantaki
- Luke Prodromou as The Engineer
- Choreography: Drosia Triantaki
- Cinematography, editing, compositing, VFX, colour: Dani Joss
- Set design, 1st AC, VFX, compositing, animation: Aliki Iosafat
- Costumes/Makeup: Meni Kourbeti
- Sound design: Alfonso De Grandis
- Audio mastering: Apostolos Siopis
- Production sound, mixing: Dani Joss
- Prop artist: Rinette Iosafat
- Post production direction: Occam‘s Sharpener Media
- Computer Voiceover: Rhiannon Morgan
- Music composed, recorded, and mixed by Dani Joss
- "Looking Glass"
- "Turbulence" parts I & II
- Elektra Miliadou
- Nana Kouli
- Produced by Die Wolke Art Group / Vitruvian Thing
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Awards and Nominations
“With the “Imago” series of short films, we attempted to infuse a narrative element to the video-dance genre and, in doing so, steer it towards a cinematic feel. Essentially an experimental film, we attempted to create an ambivalent state regarding the interpretation of body motion: it oscillates between the abstract nature of contemporary dance and the in situ action of the character. To achieve this, we created a protagonist that embodies an aspect of artistry, and set up a world to be explored that she can react to, utilising non-inconsequential narrative structures and semiosis.”