chrysalis: new zealand

If Sanou in Burkina Faso focused on opening outward toward the sky, Foster-Sproull reveals the process of folding inward - the hidden, dark life inside the cocoon. Two female dancers, set outdoors in the native forests of New Zealand, the Waitaki, represent the Chrysalis. The women begin with their bodies folded together, making it impossible to determine whose limbs are whose, and even how many people are there: there is only a mass of flesh. Deliberately, with conviction and mystery, the limbs pulse and unfold in unexpected ways, until the women are unfolded and dancing synchronously in rhythm. Composer Aiyana Braun has created a piece that samples classical instruments, but uses electronics to loop them back across each other, just as the women’s bodies mimic each other but free themselves. This video evokes evolution and growth, even within darkness, and before an escape from it is possible. ​

Credits

New Zealand Unit

Choreography

Composition

Performers

 

Director of Photography

Editor

Sarah Foster-Sproull

 

Aiyana Braun

 

Celia Hext

Cecilia Wilcox

 

Andrew Foster-Sproull

 

Rebecca Orton

Oxford Unit

Alex van Leeuwen

 

Calum Bradshaw

OXFORD ALTERNATIVE ORCHESTRA 

Hannah Schneider 

 

Katherine Lewington

 

Jenny Wang 

 

Lizi Vineall 

 

Sasha Rasmussen 

William Kidner 

 

Angela Contreras-Reyes 

 

Jonathan Danciger

Director of Photography

Lighting Cameraman

Music

Music Director

Clarinet

Violin

Cello

Bassoon

Bass

Music Recording and Mixing