Edge of Mercy

A collaboration with famed Arabic Singer Ghalia Benali, "Edge of Mercy" is a ferocious prayer of a unrest. A movement story of a demonic unraveling within wild cavelike landscapes. Our heroine moves with hunger and beastly sensuality. The dance is paired with music from “Call to Prayer” by Ghalia Benali, Romina Lischka, and Vincent Noiret, who merge Classical Arabic Maqam, Indian Dhrupad Raga, and Early European styles. Together, the movement and music stress a common spirit across cultures, and unrelenting universal strife.

  • Jennifer Rose
    Robbie Shaw
  • Roberta Shaw
  • Jennifer Rose
  • Roberta Shaw
  • Jennifer Rose
    Key Cast
  • Jennifer Rose
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Dance, Music
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 25, 2022
    Outstanding Achievement; Official Selection
    June 10, 2022
    Canadian Premier
    Nomination for Best experimental
Distribution Information
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Jennifer Rose, Roberta Shaw

Jennifer Rose; choreographer, movement director, performer and educator is a disciple of two MacArthur Fellows; Shen Wei and Bill T Jones. She has worked with choreographers Manuel Vignouelle, Stephen Petronio, Stefanie Batten Bland and has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Festival du Cannes and The Olympic Theatre in Beijing. Jennifer creates film and dance theatre productions in collaboration with flamenco dancers and musicians, Balinese actors, Bulgarian Choirs, Mexican folklorists and Arabic singers all who carry the force of their cultural identity at the forefront of art making. Jennifer uses sensual and visceral movement to tell stories of unrest, desire, carnality and the thrill of self- expression. Jennifer’s work celebrates the body, music and story telling with cultural integration as it's backbone.

Most recently she presented a dance theatre work reimagining the the Greek Mythos CIRCE within Ancient Cemeteries and Caves in Greece with the Ionian Center for the Arts and Culture. Her work was also presented at the US Cultural Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Cultural Consulate of Andalusia, Spain, Spain, Congress-Legalize Dance, Los, Angeles, CA, multiple venues across Oaxaca, Mexico and at various artist residencies around the globe.

Roberta Shaw has straddled dance and film for most of her adult life, presenting at REDCAT, Wexner Center for the Arts, Lincoln Center, Artist’s Television Access, ODC/SF, and more. Highlights include collaborating with David Rousseve on BITTERSWEET, co-creating FECHE! Dancing in Senegal with Nicole Stanton, creating projections for Victoria Marks’ SMALLEST GESTURE, and choreographing/directing her own piece DOMINION, filmed at Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Artsite. She has loved getting to dance with Neil Greenberg, Maria Gillespie (ONI Dance), Bebe Miller, Victoria Uris, Rebecca Pappas, Kristina Isabelle, Jennifer Rose and many others. Robbie teaches dance and film in colleges and high schools, most recently at CalArts, Pasadena City College, and formerly at UCI, UCLA, and The Ohio State University.

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