OMI

OMI is an ode to water on a thin surface of a tight wire.

Inspired by mythologies of water deities, the short film OMI is a blend of dance and circus, combining elements of both afro-Cuban and Finnish folklore.

Exploring the similarities of these opposite cultures and balancing within duality, OMI pays homage to the water deity Yemaya and the serene Finnish landscape of lakes and forests.

  • Mira Ravald
    Director / Writer
  • Mira Ravald
    Performer
  • Mira Ravald
    Producer
  • Luis Sartori do Vale
    Cinematography
  • Mira Ravald
    Editing
  • Luis Sartori do Vale
    Editing
  • Mira Ravald
    Sound design
  • Petteri Rajanti
    Sound design
  • Petteri Rajanti
    Sound effects & mix
  • Jessika Lampi
    Musicians
  • Esner Robaina Miclin
    Musicians
  • Minna Korpimies
    Musicians
  • Teaterstiftelsen Vivicas Vänner
    Supported by
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Dancefilm, Dance, Circus
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 24, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Finland
  • Country of Filming:
    Finland
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Moscow Shorts ISFF
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    World Premiere
    Best Experimental / January 2020 Awards
  • 6th Bahía Independent Cinema Festival
    Bahía
    Brazil
    November 6, 2020
    Best Experimental Short Film
  • ADF's Movies By Movers
    (online)
    United States
    July 26, 2020
    North American Premiere
  • Inca Imperial International Film Festival
    Lima
    Peru
    May 15, 2020
    South American Premiere
  • Tanssin Aika Festival / KävelyKino
    Jyväskylä
    Finland
    September 25, 2020
  • KävelyKino
    Kuopio
    Finland
    July 10, 2020
    European Premiere
Distribution Information
  • Mira Ravald
    Country: Finland
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography

Specialized in dancing on a tight wire, Mira Ravald is a Helsinki-based performing artist working within dance, contemporary circus and physical theatre. 



With her company Portmanteau, in collaboration with the visual / circus artist Luis Sartori do Vale, Mira has created two award-winning full-length performances “Portmanteau” and “Piste, piste, piste”. Both of the multidisciplinary and poetically-narrated shows have been warmly received by the public and critics alike.

With her solo works Mira is interested in working in the borderline of dance and circus.
 Following that principle, as a first-time filmmaker she has produced the short film OMI (2020), that has gained international acknowledgement for its experimental kind.

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Director Statement

I am interested in working on the borderline of dance and circus, aiming to entwine those art forms into a harmonic unity, giving importance to musicality, sensitivity and poetic motion.

The range of human emotions and different cultural influences are among my inspirations. I am fascinated by the afro-Cuban culture, which often influences my artistic research with its mythological, musical and corporal elements.

Working through movement based practices and researching the symbolics of balance, I’m interested in exploring the potential of the tight wire as a narrative tool and scenographic element as well as developing it as a discipline through dance, in search of new perspectives and movement qualities. “