Private Project

Free Fall

Free Fall is Dana Gingras’s new creation for an immersive
dome theatre and virtual reality. The immersive film is a
physical experience of vertigo and transcendence, produced
by the circular motion of falling bodies subject to gravity.
This force flows in us, through us and around us. The immersive
experience seeks to stimulate the viewer’s senses in
unexpected ways, causing surprisingly visceral and psychological
sensations that give rise to a feeling of abandonment
and movement through a vortex of interstitial space.
Free Fall offers a temporary escape while reminding us that the pull of the earth and our finality are inescapable.
It evokes curiosity and a sense of freedom by blurring the
lines between human forms and their movement, and by
disrupting our usual understanding of space and how our
senses engage within it.

  • Dana Gingras
  • Dana Gingras
  • Marie Brassard
    Original Text and Narration
  • Catherine Chagnon
    Produced by
  • Olivier Lemieux
    Key Cast
  • Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep
    Key Cast
  • Esther Rousseau-Morin
    Key Cast
  • Roger Tellier Craig
    Sound and Music Composition
  • Josh Sherrett
    Art Direction and 3D Animation
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Chute libre
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Virtual Reality, Other
  • Runtime:
    35 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    English, French
  • Shooting Format:
    Motion Capture
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Satosphère (SAT)
    April 2, 2019
    World premiere
  • The Full dome Festival
    May 23, 2019
    International Premiere
  • Mutek (SAT)
    August 20, 2019
Distribution Information
  • Bubble Media
    Country: France
Director Biography - Dana Gingras

Dana Gingras is a choreographer,
filmmaker, performer and teacher. She
co-founded The Holy Body Tattoo (1993),
and then with Animals of Distinction
(2007), earning numerous awards and honours
for its stage and film work. Her short
film Chainreaction (2014), a Microclimat
Films production, world premiered at TIFF.
In 2016, monumental (2005), this expanded
version of the piece with Godspeed You!
Black Emperor playing live, has been performed
at the Adelaide Festival, Montreal’s
Place des Arts, Grand Théâtre de Quebec,
as part of Luminato Festival at The Hearn
Generating Station in Toronto, the Edinburgh
International Festival, BAM’s NEXT WAVE
Festival, the ROMAEUROPA Festival in Italy,
MONA FOMA in Tasmania, Australia and
most recently at The Barbican Centre in
London. In 2017 Dana Gingras/Animals of
Distinction was granted the long term residency
at the CCOV (Centre de Création
O Vertigo) at Montreal’s Place des Arts and
through this will produce new large scale
work entitled Frontera which will premiere
November 2019.

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Director Statement

As a conceiver of physical possibilities, I seek to create transformative
narratives for both those who contribute to the creation of my work
and those who experience it. The theme of the fall has many metaphorical
layers related to the loss of control: jumping, falling and flying
are actions common to dream states. Vertigo is also a borderline state
that marks the transition from a stable ground to an unstable ground, playing on gravity and anti-gravity parameters.
— Dana Gingras