It seems his fire isn’t burning any longer, it’s extinguished.

A young man. Stalked by his inner demons, burdened by a lost imagination for the future and alienated by the isolation of the current world. Before it’s too late, he seeks an escape to a time when he was younger, more playful…uncaged.

Through the raw, self-expression of dance, he is transported to a place to reconnect with the freedom, peace and simplicity of his youth. A place that allows for ultimate self-expression and release, with limited restrictions or obstacles. A place to think clearly.

Burnout is a new short dance film made in collaboration with up-and-coming hip-hop artist Joshua Nash, filmmaker Gemma Pons, and teenage dance students from Unlimited Dance Company in North Devon. It explores the struggles of today’s youth, the complexities of the pandemic’s enforced isolation and the impact it has had on our mental health.

Articulating the frustration of isolation, felt by many over the last year, this raw, strong and emotional dance-film highlights the importance of space, time and reflection as tools to better support our young people’s wellbeing and mental health. It showcases the need for people to connect with our natural environment to improve wellbeing within our communities and recharge. Burnout uses Krump, a dance style popularised on the streets of Los Angeles in the 2000s and characterised by free, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement to aid the expression of raw emotion.

Filmed on location in London and Woolacombe beach in Devon, Burnout juxtaposes the urban city and the stunning rural North Devon coast, blending together physical movement from three professional adult dancers and eighteen youth dancers.

The Devon dancers learnt the choreography remotely over Zoom, with London based Nash, during lockdown 3.0. Together they performed it for the very first time as a combined group on the expansive beach at Woolacombe (UK), when it was filmed on 6 June 2021.

Commissioned by Beaford and The Rural Touring Dance Initiative in partnership with Joshua ‘Vendetta’ Nash.

Choreography: Joshua ‘Vendetta’ Nash

Music: Torben Lars Sylvest

Film & Edit: Gemma Pons

Featuring Joshua Nash, Shangomola Edunjobi, Jordan Douglas and Elite & Company from Unlimited Dance Company - Annie Adam, Bella Ayres, Betsy Nicholls Bristow, Britney Smith, Elowen Reynolds, Georgie Bawden, Isabelle Dibble, Jasmine Turner, Jessica Cardew, Joley Walker, Kayleigh Laird, Lily Moore, Mabel Waters, Madeline Moore, Molly Thomas, Liv Nicholls, Rosie Russell, Summer Madge

With thanks to
Claire Smith, Project Manager RTDI
Claire Ayres, Creative Producer Beaford
Reece McMahon, Freelance Arts Producer
Christina Dionysopoulou, Company Producer
Viviana Rocha, Assistant Producer
Sarah and Ellie, Unlimited Dance Company

Film location permissions granted by Parkin Estates and National Trust.


Beaford is England’s longest-established rural arts initiative, supporting rural creative development and providing access to high quality arts experiences across rural north Devon for more than 55 years. We are innovators in rural community engagement, cultural education, and artistic leadership, always looking to seek out entertaining and extraordinary ways to explore our land, lives and future. Beaford is a charity. beaford.org
The RTDI is a partnership between the National Rural Touring Forum, The Place, China Plate and Take Art.
In 2015 The National Rural Touring Forum joined forces with The Place, China Plate and Take Art to launch a brand-new initiative designed to assist in the making and touring of contemporary accessible dance to rural areas. The project was set up to address the paucity of dance performance happening in rural areas in smaller community venues. The project has been made possible by a grant from Arts Council England’s Lottery funded Strategic Touring Programme. Due to RTDI successes in November 2017 the project was given a further £417k to develop the project until July 2021. Over 160 performances have taken place to date along with numerous workshops and training opportunities for artists.
The Rural Touring Dance Initiative is a partnership project led by The National Rural Touring Forum with The Place, China Plate and Take Art. The project is funded by Arts Council England through its Strategic Touring Fund.

  • Joshua Vendetta Nash
  • Gemma Pons Alsina
  • Claire Louise Ayres
  • Claire Smith
  • Reece McMahon
  • Christina Dionysopoulou
  • Viviana Rocha
  • Joshua Nash
    Key Cast
    "Joshua Vendetta Nash"
  • Shangomola Edunjobi
    Key Cast
  • Jordan Douglas
    Key Cast
  • Elite and Company Dancers Unlimited Dance Company
    Key Cast
  • Joshua Vendetta Nash
  • Torben Lars Sylvest
    Music composition
  • Gemma Pons Alsina
    Film & Edit
  • Howaboutdave
    Still image photography
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    4 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 7, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Joshua Vendetta Nash, Gemma Pons Alsina


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Visit my website at: www.gemmapons.com

I'm Gemma Pons, I'm from Barcelona, but i live in England now.
I love my job, i love video editing, filming and motion graphics, so i try to combine them all as much as i can.

I have been working as a video editor for more than 10 years. I have worked on a wide range of projects, including documentaries, adventure sports, corporate and music videos, commercials and making ofs. Beyond editing, I focused my career in motion graphics, so I can do explainer videos, logo animations, etc.