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fénix is a multichannel moving image installation by Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez and Tiffany Madera.

An homage to the act of transformation, fénix presents a looped and endless process of death and rebirth, dissolution and renaissance, ending and beginning.

Using the triptych format to present states of being, alluding to time, process, journey, and evolution, fénix uncovers and bares the inner process of rising from the fires that mold and define the new directions of our lives as we purify ourselves emotionally and physically to achieve higher states of being.

Featuring the performance of Tiffany Madera and the traditional Zar group Mazaher of Cairo, fénix, connects the African traditions of exorcism and healing present in zar and caribbean Orisha practices embodying, challenging and personifying nature and the divine.

The installation consists of three videos on which a process of purification by fire and water is taking place incorporating Egyptian Baladi and Orisha movement vocabulary.

  • Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez
  • Tiffany Madera
  • Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez
  • Tiffany Madera
    Key Cast
  • Tiffany Madera
  • Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez
  • Tiffany Madera
  • Raúl Garcia
  • Luis Eligio
  • Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez
    Editing and Postproduction
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Web / New Media, Other
  • Genres:
    Dance film, screendance, dance for camera
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Egypt, United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Global South Movements
    Miami, FL
    United States
    April 15, 2023
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez

Dinorah is a visual artist and experimental filmmaker working with expanded cinema, public intervention, installation, and media design for stage. Often incorporating nature and the outdoors into her work, she probes such themes as genetic memory, social constructs, ecology, the body, gender, and sexuality. Combining handcrafted 16mm film with video, installation, and live performance, her pieces are exhibited internationally in film festivals, museums, galleries, TV, public venues, and on stage, as well as in public spaces as interventions.

Working in collaboration with a variety of performing artists in various disciplines, Dinorah has worked with integrated dance company Karen Peterson and Dancers; Pulitzer-winning playwright and theater director Nilo Cruz; choreographer and dancer Shaneeka Harrell; Niurca Marquez and Nu Flamenco; Tiffany Madero and Hanan Arts; Teatro Buendía theater company (Havana, Cuba); El Ingenio theater company; Antiheroes Project directed by José Manuel Domínguez; choreographer and dancer Afua Hall (RED, 2013); dance/theater artist Octavio Campos; movement theater artist Lucia Aratanha; Las Negras Theater Collective featuring Jennylin Duany and Elizabeth Doud; theater director Ricky Martínez, and several others.

Dinorah was awarded a Knight New Work Award underwritten by the Knight Foundation and Funding Arts Network, through Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator in 2009 for her piece Elusive Landscape, which included film projections into foliage and trees at five outdoor green spaces in Miami. She has won various grants, fellowships, and residencies in support of her work from entities such as National Performance Network, Theater Communications Group, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Artists’ Access, Present Project Hawai’i, Virginia Center for the Contemporary Arts, Fundación Valparaíso (Spain), Arts and Bangladesh (Bangladesh), and many others.

This film is a collaboration with dancer and choreographer Tiffany Madera, who is also the work's co-producer.

Since 2002, Miami based artist Tiffany Madera has become a figurehead in the dance world by re-coding traditional Egyptian raks sharki dance as a vehicle for feminist empowerment and social justice. As a performer, professor, activist, curator, filmmaker, and non-profit leader, Ms. Madera combines a highly aesthetic approach and academic scholarship to tackle the questions of our day.

She offers a theory based, community inclusive and global south perspective to local placemaking in the production of films, workshops and cultural exchanges in Miami, NYC, North Africa and the Caribbean. Her expanded approach to the arts is nourished by her Afro-Chinese Cuban ancestry.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, both with a focus on intercultural dance and film.

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Director Statement

I create experimental film, expanded cinema, installation, media design for stage, and public interventions. My process combines old and new technologies to produce layered imagery that triggers multiple levels of consciousness. Many of my projects include performative live projections onto objects, human bodies, or landscapes.

My work in installation and media design for stage often incorporates nature, outdoor environments, and dancers or other performers, live or on-screen. In my installation work, I seek a relationship between light, transparency, and a projection experience that immerses my audience in the work, altering their electromagnetic field, and hence their energy, their mood, their vibrational frequency.

My influences include classic films, early animation, and vintage television commercials, and my themes include ancestral memory, the body, timelessness, and migration.

In 'fénix' my collaborator and I were seeking a visual experience of dance that would express the transcendence of purification through fire. Our goal was to create a work that is at once hypnotic and provocative, still and in constant motion. The work is designed to be projected as a triptych with the body of the phoenix centered between its two wings.