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Breaking the shoreline

Breaking the Shoreline is a videodance projet shot in Prince Edward Island (Canada), in December 2015. The movement is based on the concept of inner chaos, drawing a parallel with the atlantic ocean turmoil, where the shoal activity can barely be noticed, yet troubled in its core. Here, the body is considered as a fragile envelope covering-up hidden violence, untold trauma and emotional chaos. The extreme conditions of cold water and snow storm exacerbate the subtle intensity of this inner chaos.

  • Ray Lavers
  • Kim-Sanh Châu
  • Kim-Sanh Châu
    Key Cast
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    Contemporary dance, buto, Conceptual
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Festival Videomovimiento
    September 28, 2016
    South America Premiere
Director Biography - Ray Lavers, Kim-Sanh Châu

Born and raised in Prince Edward Island (Canada), Ray Lavers is based in Montreal for over 10 years. He graduated from Concordia University (Montreal) in Film Production (BFA), 2012. He now works as director and cinematographer. He recently collaborated with Chich Chien Wang on The Act of Forgetting, presented at the Fonderie Darling in April 2015, as well as Zoe Koke on Forced Air presented at Les Territoires gallery in October 2015. In 2014, he co-directed the Legacy of Severance with Mary St-Amand Williamson and Zohar Malinek. Within minimalist aesthetics, he is particularly interested by using the language created by the moving image juxaposed as integral to the nature of the overlying his ideas, and the concept of dissidence. Ray Lavers has been collaborating on screendance project with Kim-Sanh Châu since 2015. They travelled together to Asia and South america for creation and screening purposes.

Kim-Sanh Châu is a choreographer, dancer and curator based in Montréal (Canada). Her work often evolves around the concept of chaos, finding beauty in the building process and its eventual deconstruction. Her main piece Black & Scholes (1973) was supported by Vidéographe (research), PRIM (residency), and MAI (residency). It was presented at Quartiers Danses in September 2015 and the MAI in February 2016. She also presented short pieces for Les Aiguilles Tournent à l’Envers, le Cabaret Adam, So You Think That Was Dance and aLive. As a interpret, she collaborated with Helen Simard, Mary St-Amand, Sasha Kleinplatz and Catherine Lavoie-Marcus. Kim-Sanh Châu is very involved in screen-dance creation, she collaborates with Camille Jemelen, Ray Lavers and Guillaume Vallée on a regular basis. Her video Dead Bird was supported by the creation residency in Vietnam (Muong Studio, March 2016) and Colombia (Videomovimiento, September 2016). Châu is also Communication and Administration Director at Studio 303.

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