Lacuna traces the unfilled spaces of the brutalist architecture enveloping the dancer. It is a cinematic study of light and shade, seen and unseen.

  • Mthuthuzeli November
    Dancer & Choreographer
  • Louise Coetzer
  • Darkroom Contemporary
  • Consular
  • Haezer / Ebenhaezer Smal
    Music & Edit
  • Oscar O'Ryan
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Dance Film, Screendance
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Canon 5D MK3
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • POOL Movement Art Film Festival 2022
    October 20, 2022
  • Antidote Festival 2019
    June 20, 2019
    World Premier
    Official Selection
  • Ubumuntu Festival 2020
    July 17, 2020
    African Premier
    Official Selection
  • Woordfees 2021
    Cape Town
    South Africa
    October 7, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Louise Coetzer

LOUISE COETZER (b 1980, South Africa) is a multidisciplinary dance artist working within the genres of site-specific performance, digital & tech - based art, choreography for the stage, and dance film. Her works are experiential, experimental, and often have interdisciplinary approaches at their core.

Her research on the use of new technologies and media applications as presentation tools, is ongoing. A focus on developing new audiences for dance, by connecting the form to the world outside the theatre, informs this exploration of placing dance in surprising juxtaposition with everyday life, both real and virtual.
Recent commissions include deus::ex::machina for the Pan African Telematic Art Project, featured at Ars Electronica (Linz,Austria), Vrystaat Kunstefees, The Pan African Creative Exchange and Fak’ugesi Festival of African Digital Innovation; META | m o r p h for CREATIVATE at the virtual National Arts Festival; and WRPD for the Iziko Planetarium Under The Dome Festival. Her performance installations have been showcased at the Zeits Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the Centre For The Less Good Idea, Dance Umbrella, Kucheza Afrika Festival, Baxter Dance Festival, the National Arts Festival, and the Norval Foundation.

Coetzer’s work has been featured in group exhibitions for Gallery MOMO, Puncture Points & World Design Capital Cape Town. Her dance film works have screened at Video Art Miden (Greece), 40 North Festival (Calif. USA), Foreign Exchange (Paris, France), Ubumuntu Arts Festival (Kigali,Rwanda), Agite Y Sirva (Oaxaca, Mexico), The British Film Institute (London, UK) and Global Art & Moving Images (Pinsio, Finland).  Awards include Best Film Award at Under The Dome Festival and Top Three Jury Film Award at Danceador Videodance Fest (USA).

Coetzer trained as dancer and obtained a B. Tech Degree in Dance, with Movement Composition as major from the Pretoria Technikon, and is currently living and working in Cape Town. She is founding Artistic Director of Darkroom Contemporary Dance Theatre, a project-based company formed as a vehicle to reimagine dance through its innovative approach to staging and presenting interdisciplinary works. Coetzer is a guest lecturer at the University Of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre Dance and Performance Studies.

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