SENUM was created during 6-days research with 15 dancers as a part of cinema dance laboratory in Belarus.

Building interaction within the group, we led them to several cycles of somatic and emotional transformations.

This allowed us to trace some of the connections that later formed the concept of the film.

We were asking questions such as:
What are we willing to pay for a sense of the present? What is Ego and is it possible for an individual to exist without it?

One of the main features of the filming process is the immersion of dancers in an impromptu state out of their comfort zone.

We researched movement at the junction of emotional imbalance - where the body out of control begins to transmit real feelings and experiences.

For each participant, the laboratory and filming process became an individual immersion, a new meeting with oneself and with others.

This work was created during an unstable political situation in Belarus without any support as the country doesn't have institutions for art for independent artists.

And the main goal was to release freedom of expression and emotions which we were hided inside during this tough year.

The art and movement became our release, our freedom and had a therapeutic way.

We tried to catch the beauty of Now, no matter what the conditions were.

SENUM is mostly visual work, though the emotional narrative offers air for the interpretation of each individual viewer.

We chose a very experimental and a little bit extreme way for cinematography: filming a short movie by improvising in the process, so we had a chance to catch real moments, real movement.

Film was released only 2 month ago, but not on the network. And we traced an interesting connection: depending on the energy of the audience, the film's narrative is interpreted in different ways, as if it is empathic, just like a person carrying a variety of experiences.

As far as we know,
Only experience remains.

  • Maria Ponomariova
  • Natalie Mordan
  • Alexey Maksimov
    Director of Photography
  • Maria Ponomariova
  • Alexey Maksimov
  • CHVE
  • Fill Free
  • Alexey Maksimov
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Cinema Dance, Dance Film
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 18 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - MSNC
Director Biography - Maria Ponomariova

Maria began her way as a Director in 2020 from filming Experimental Dance Video PASSENGERS for her festival "Free Your Vision"

Since that she realised several art projects such as Dance Film PSYCHE in August 2019, TO-DA for Dodoma Band in July 2020 and Short Film SENUM in January-June 2021

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