Hiraeth

HIRAETH, is a welsh noun which means: a spiritual longing for a home that perhaps never was. Nostalgia for ancient places to which we cannot return. It is the echo of the lost places of our soul's past and a grief for them. It is in the wind, the trees, the clouds, the rocks and the waves. It is nowhere it is everywhere. Filmed by dancer, choreographer, Jayne Lee during the pandemic mostly in 2020. Edited by filmmaker Amanda Kapp.

  • Jayne Lee
    Director
    DanceDownRiver
  • Amanda Kapp
    Writer
  • Jayne Lee
    Key Cast
  • Jayne Lee
    Producer
    DanceDownRiver
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Dance
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 28, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom, United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Breaking Ground Festival Tempe Center for the Arts
    Tempe/Phoenix
    United States
    January 29, 2022
Director Biography - Jayne Lee

Born in Wales, Jayne trained as a dancer in London at The Place, and at The Juilliard School in NYC, She danced and choreographed for London Contemporary Dance Theatre for 10 years and toured internationally. In 1990 she moved to Flagstaff to become a Grand Canyon River Guide and still works on the river in the summers. Jayne is Executive Director of Human Nature Dance Theatre, a collaborative, interdisciplinary performance collective, which she co-founded with Delisa Myles and Paul Moore in 1994. She produced and directed the film DanceDownRiver, a tribute to wildness and water, filmed on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. Jayne is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner she has a private practice offering private and group lessons both in person and online. She is a practitioner assistant on the London Feldenkrais training.

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Director Statement

In 2020 I found myself locked down in my childhood home in UK. The Covid 19 pandemic meant that what was supposed to be a relatively short visit to see my Mum turned into a seven month stay. Initially we were only allowed to go outside to exercise for half an hour each day. I began filming myself dancing in my Mum's garden during the lockdown. I also photographed and filmed in various places in the environment that I could walk to.  Later when it was possible to go further afield,  I took photos and video that captured the feeling of the time for me. When I returned to the US I gave the mountains of footage to Amanda Kapp which she subtly edited into the current version of Hiraeth.