HEAVYWEIGHT

Held hostage by three dancers in a secret loch-side location, this is your reckoning.

  • Leonie Rae Gasson
    Director
    Death Becomes Us for the National Theatre of Scotland; BPM for the European Championships 2018
  • STASIS dance collective
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Virtual Reality
  • Genres:
    Drama, Music
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) 360 Film
  • Aspect Ratio:
    360 film
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • SATIS Expo 360 Film
    Paris
    France
    November 6, 2018
    European Premiere
  • Scottish Queer International Film Festival
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    December 8, 2018
    Scottish Premiere
Director Biography - Leonie Rae Gasson

I make work across artforms including performance, interactive installation, participation and 360 film.

I am a Glasgow based director and artist interested in making bold playful work from a queer perspective.

I am the joint Artistic Director at Produced Moon, making digital interactive work for diverse audiences. I also make intimate work with collaborator Bobbi Cameron under F-M-I-N.

Recent work includes BPM (co-directed with award-winning artist Cora Bissett) in a geodesic dome in George Square, Glasgow; HEAVYWEIGHT a 360 dance film released through BBC Scotland which reached over 15,000 views; Death Becomes Her a musical response to Brexit featuring Glasgow band Heir of the Cursed and a community chorus of European Migrants for the National Theatre of Scotland.

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Director Statement

Revel in the shock waves of this exciting collaboration between director Leonie Rae Gasson, Stasis dance artists, and electronic music producer Oliver Sabin.

You are captured, held hostage by three women in a secret loch-side location. This is your reckoning. As the dancers celebrate their unruliness in an abandoned warehouse in the Scottish wilderness, you are immersed in a wild break from VR and contemporary dance norms. Carving out a space for themselves within contemporary art cultures, the artists working on Heavyweight disregard traditions of all sorts. Constantly ebbing and flowing, the dance stems from a hedonistic engagement with the idea of power.

Taking inspiration from Scottish-based feature films Under The Skin (Jonathan Glazer), and Shell (Scott Graham) as well as cult classics Twin Peaks (David Lynch) and A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick) Heavyweight toes an intriguing line between stylised sci-fi and rugged post-industrial pastoral. Liberating expansive movement is staged in a claustrophobia-inducing setting, allowing the mist to creep into your peripheral vision and unsettle what you believe is real.

Stasis, comprised of four female Glasgow and London based artists working between dance, theatre, live art and installation provides a novel take on images of women dancing, interrupting the pure pleasure of viewing dance. They have presented work at The Place, London, UK; Galleria Marselleria, Milan, Italy; Dance International Glasgow, UK, and BALTIC, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK and they are widely known for their collaboration with film-maker Daniel Cook in a Nowness featured music video ‘Faux Pas’. Stasis creates choreography for the film that combines minimal synchronised steps, maximal spirited rebellion, pop culture references, and pure expression in an eerily compelling composition.

Gasson is a director and dramaturg working in new writing and contemporary performance in Glasgow. Her work ranges from interactive digital storytelling to queer feminist film and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to new audiences. With her focus on viewership, the film pointedly places you in the centre of this imagined reality, playfully trapping you into the role of the protagonist.

Scored by Sabin, a producer and DJ currently shaking up the Scottish underground dance scene, the film mixes frenetic club tracks, noisy convulsions, heart-wrenching EDM and sensuous beats, pulling and pushing at the edges of what’s possible with this new art form.

Credits

Directed by Leonie Rae Gasson
Choreographed by Stasis
Costume design by Stasis
Music by Oliver Sabin
Online Edit by Michael Pappas