Lapsúlyos || Certain Solitude

This experimental film speaks without words, only by the potential of bodily presence of the performers, and the way it’s filmed and edited. The seeds of the work lay in my experiences being in the gym, running on the treadmill, and letting my perception shift, so to notice the beauty and choreography of this space around. From the beginning I was also sure to film not only the choreography of the narrowly conceived workouts, but to let it dissolve into something unusual or useless (inefficient?) - which may already be called as dance. To oscillate between, or to stay on the fine line between "everyday" and "dance" movement. Definitely I was also inspired by the endurance of muscles, the discharges of the body, especially the sweat, and the skin itself in this process. And if skin, well, there's touch as a whole universe. How we touch different material qualities? How do we let ourselves been touched by the material, or by other people? Skin and metal. Warm and cold. In side and outside. A pause. A longing. Certain Solitude.

As a method we combined the "classical" scene list shooting with structured improvisation within the process, inviting collective intuition and real time composition, meaning that the cinematographers are as well part of this composition as the dancers. In the editing process I realized to have a selection process based on two things: one is to use those images which I knew from the beginning to film (actually not all of them is used finally), and the other was to let the material "work on me", meaning to choose moments what stayed with me as image after I've seen the raw material a couple of time. The process of editing is also the combination of pre-set ideas mixed with intuitive choices. After, rhythm. Blindness after a while. Leaving time to settle, revisit. Deadline. Let go.

The title: 'Lapsúlyos' is a Hungarian word, naming the fixed weight machines in the gym.

  • Bernadett Jobbágy
  • Dániel Herner
  • Bernadett Jobbágy
  • Attila Dániel
    Key Cast
  • Attila Horváth
    Key Cast
  • Rebeka Petra Kiss
    Key Cast
  • Emese Kovács
    Key Cast
  • Henrietta Sudár
    Key Cast
  • Zsófi Szász
    Key Cast
  • Dániel Szandtner
  • Zsolt Magyari
  • Ambrus Kertész
  • Rozi Mákó
    Original music
  • Bernadett Jobbágy
  • Viktor Borbély
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    dance film
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 EUR
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Hungarian University of Fine Arts - Doctoral School
Director Biography - Bernadett Jobbágy

Budapest based choreographer, performer and multimedia artist.
Graduated as Landscape Architect on Corvinus University of Budapest. Later she studied in the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy, and then completed the audio-description study program provided by the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) and FSZK (today it’s called: NFSZK). She works as independent artist, movement pedagogue and audio-describer, mainly in project-based structure, and in collaborations. As a member of ArtMan Association for the Arts and Movement Therapy, inclusive performing practice and creation is also part of her work. Her defining background in movement is contemporary dance and improvisation, Body-Mind Centering® somatic approach, Tai Chi and Qigong. In 2021 she finished film editing study in Lumiere Film School. Currently she is a researcher artist at the Doctoral School of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, and following the Somatic Movement Educator (SME) program of The School for Body-Mind Centering®.

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Director Statement

This "choreographic moving image" (- Réka Szűcs, 2016), is a part of my ongoing research on embodied filmmaking and somatic moving images.
My questions along this research journey are:
What do images trigger in our body? How do I respond?
Do I use my touch sense while watching? And my sense of movement (proprioceptive and vestibular feedback)?
Where is the fine line between an ordinary movement and dance?
What does location do with embodiment - do I need natural environment to feel a film "embodied"?

I know it's not a statement... but these are my questions now.