Choreographer and filmmaker Sidney Leoni, together with stage artists Elias Girod and Halla Ólafsdóttir, come in residency at Dansinitiativet/Luleå dance residency for the final creation step of the docu-fiction-dance-film-performance ‘FLY’.
FLY is a docu-fiction-dance-film-performance, that is centered on the life and the work of Russian ballet dancer & choreographer: Vaslav Nijinski, whom we meet together with the Ballets Russes in Paris in early 1920’s; and later on in Los Angeles, in 1983, for the making of a film about himself, co-starring American actress Gena Rowlands as his wife, and with Gena’s husband, film director John Cassevetes behind the camera.
FLY is an invitation into a world of feeling, desire, exploration, transmission and fantasy, where all circulates from a body to another, from an art form to another, and where artists of the past come together, and testify what they leave to Humanity: a search for human love: visceral, spiritual, timeless.
Short bios: Sidney Leoni work as a choreographer, dancer and filmmaker between Sweden, Belgium and France. His multidisciplinary stage and film projects explore the field of the ‘immersive’ and the ‘experiential’, in which he puts particular interest in the potential of sensory and imaginary perception of the audience. Leoni’s latest fiction feature film, entitled Under Influence (Hiros, 2016), starring Halla Ólafsdóttir and Christine de Smedt, portrays the mysterious and psychotic journey of an actress during the shooting of a motion picture.
Halla Ólafsdóttir is an Icelandic artist, dancer and choreographer based in Stockholm. Halla works in various feminist constellations and collaborations with an interest in expanding the notion of dance and choreography. Her stage work is concerned with methods of reinterpretation of recognizable formats of representation, facilitating a shared experience. She co-curated the Reykjavík Dance Festival: A Series of Event 2012 where 30 artist were invited to partake in a 10 day festival in Iceland and played the lead role in the feature film ‘Under Influence’ by Sidney Leoni, premiered at Dansens Hus, 2015. She has worked collectively with choreographers such as Zoe Poluch, Stina Nyberg, Nadja Hjorton and Amanda Apetrea, together constituting SAMLINGEN.
Elias Girod is a dance artist currently based in Helsinki. He works in several pieces of Mette Ingvartsen and in the productions of the Weld Company in Stockholm. He is also a member of the Precarious Practices artist group. In 2020 he is preparing a new work ‘Mouthpiece’ together with Lauri Supponen and Linda Martikainen, dancing in Veli Lehtovaara’s ‘Forest Project’ and performing 'FLY', a docu-dance-fiction-film-performance by Sidney Leoni. Elias has graduated from the Finnish National Ballet School and has a Bachelor in Dance Performance from DOCH 2013.
Produced, written, choreographed, set designed,directed& edited by:Sidney Leoni Cast for live performance: Elias Girod,Sidney Leoni & Halla Ólafsdóttir. Film cast:Elias Girod, Sidney Leoni, Halla Ólafsdóttir, Manon Santkin &Christine de Smedt.Also featuring:Miriam Balloussa, Eleanor Bauer, Aurélia Bézia, Alexandra Cismondi, Estelle Gautier, Aurélia Guinta,Marco HerløvHøst,MikkoHyvönen, Mette Ingvartsen, Xenia Ingvartsen Charmatz, Jaime Llopis, Guillem Mont De Palol,Fabrice Pio,Zoë Poluch,Alain Siebert, Emilio Tomé, Olivier Valkeners, Christina Vantzou, Stav Yeini & Andros Zins-Browne. Cinematography: Artur Castro Freire Original music score: Yoann Durant & Sidney Leoni Lighting design for live performance: Anton Andersson, Jan Fedinger & David Prokopic 1st assistant camera: Félix Moy & Adrien Heylen Sound engineers: Alban Cayrol, Hélène Clerc-Denizot, Lancelot Hervé-Mignucci, Sébastien Lafon, Valentin Mazingarbe, Aïda Merghoub & Aymeric de Palol Production assistants: Estelle Gautier & Amandine Bigot 2nd camera unit Hoang-Son Doan 1st assistant camera 2nd unit Alexandre Cabanne Costume designers: Sidney Leoni, Rachel Lesteven & Marie Davin Costume designers for the Ballets Russes: Jennifer Defays & Sidney Leoni Costume design assistant: Leila Bouzalmad Makeup: Valko Hair stylists: Sidney Leoni &Mathilde Wallez Stevenson Set designer 1st assistant: René Leoni Coproductions: Weld (Stockholm, SE), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk, BE) & the National Choreographic Center of Caen (French Ministry of Culture and Communication, FR) Project created in residency at Buda Kunstencentrum, the National Choreographic Center of Caen, Weld, Dansehallerne (Copenhagen, DK), Inkonst (Malmö, SE),Kunstencentrum STUK (Leuven, BE), Pact Zollverein (Essen, DE), Howest - 'The level' / Campus for Digital Arts and Entertainment (Kortrijk, BE), the National Opera House of Toulon (FR) &Dansinitiativet/Luleå dance residency (SE). Administration: The Artist Cooperative Interim Kultur (Stockholm) & Plate-Forme POLY (Paris) With the financial support of the Swedish Arts Council, the City of Stockholm, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the French Ministry of Culture (Dance Delegation), the French Institute in Sweden, and the Arts Promotion Center Finland.