Rituals gather us together in shared experiences, providing comfort in chaos and connection within communities. Can they fluidly evolve with the passage of time, or do we allow them to sink into the past?

A simultaneously serene and surreal journey through Mannheim’s art nouveau Herschelbad, “Buoyancy” is a reflection upon ritual amid an exploration of spectacular architecture.

  • Jessica Liu
  • Paloma Galiana Moscardó
    Key Cast
  • Luis Tena Torres
    Key Cast
  • Jessica Liu
    Key Cast
  • Davidson Jaconello
    Sound Design
  • VLVideoproduktion
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    10 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2021
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  • Dance Camera West
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 26, 2022
    Official Selection/ Finalist Best Independent Film
  • kNOwBOX dance Film Festival
    Dallas, Texas, USA & Seoul, South Korea
    Official Selection
  • Frame Rush
    United Kingdom
    May 20, 2022
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Moving Body Festival
    October 30, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jessica Liu

Jessica Liu is from Salt Lake City, Utah and obtained a BFA in ballet and BS in exercise physiology cum laude from the University of Utah. She is currently a soloist dancer at Nationaltheater Mannheim in Germany. Prior to relocating to Europe in 2019, she toured across the United States and around the world with BODYTRAFFIC as well as performed with SALT Contemporary Dance, Oakland Ballet Company, and LED, among others. Jessica has choreographed for the University of Utah ballet department as well as other dance projects and schools in the Salt Lake area. Her choreography has been selected for CHOP SHOP contemporary dance festival (Bellevue, WA), SHIFT/west. (Los Angeles, CA), and Mudson (Salt Lake City, UT). Jessica’s film, “Buoyancy”, was selected for MOVING BODY festival, kNOwBOX dance Film Festival, Frame Rush Film Festival and a finalist for best independent film at Dance Camera West.

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Director Statement

I am passionate about dance as a medium to explore moments in the human experience. I am interested in collaborative creative processes that employ reflection, discussion, and the sharing of personal stories and connection with a concept to then manifest as movement ideas. I aim to create art that resonates not only with the individuals involved, but also calls the viewer to contemplate their own personal relationships to the idea. I believe in the expansion of dance beyond the confines of a stage to allow for greater accessibility and the potential to spark exchange.