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ORA: Featured at the TIFF

By Julye Huggins

There is a buzz for the new dance film ORA set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this fall. The National Film Board (NFB) Filmmaker-in-Residence Philippe Baylaucq has collaborated with dancer and choreographer José Navas and Compagnie Flak. According to the NFB website, the work “is an allegory inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution and the myths of Narcissus (the one about seeing your own reflection in the water and falling head over heels in love with it) and Prometheus (the one about being bound to a cliff and having a great eagle munch on your liver everyday as punishment for bringing the humans fire).”The entire film was shot using infrared thermal imaging technology, which offer sensitive detection of temperature variations and are used almost exclusively for military, medical and scientific applications. This innovation is further enhanced by stereoscopic 3D. Baylaucq comments: “It dawned upon us very early that this experience would be unique, and likely a world premiere; the first and maybe last film to have been shot without a single light source. No sun, no natural light. No electric light. The only source of light in the film were the dancers.”Be sure to check out the November 2009 issue of The Dance Current print magazine for an article on José Navas.
Learn more:National Film BoardCompagnie Flak

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