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Cortège

Cortège
[Procession]

Dance for film - (6’45” - 2021)

Cortège is a meditation on departures. It reflects on both the desire for self emancipation and the weight we carry from those no longer with us. Accompanied by a powerful, original arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s Pavane Pour une Infant Défunte, recorded for the film by members of the Royal Opera Flanders Orchestra, Cortège follows eight dancers as they ascend the stunning interior landscape of architect Zaha Hadid’s famous Havenhuis. The individuality and beauty of the dancers (of Royal Opera Ballet Flanders, joined on camera by three singers and musicians also of the Opera) brings the Havenhuis to life, as they search for one another, gather to support a sunken companion, or peer from windows, reflecting on the grey world beyond. Accentuated by the bright, hand painted costumes designed by Veerle Van Den Wouwer, Cortège is a pondering of aesthetic and a contemplation on separation.

  • Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern
    Director
  • Hector Ferrer
    Co-Producers
  • Misako Kato
    Co-Producers
  • Shane Urton
    Co-Producers
  • Shelby Williams
    Co-Producers
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Cortège
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Belgium
  • Country of Filming:
    Belgium
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern

Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern is a freelance director and choreographer who emphasizes humanity in his work and believes strongly in the power of collaborative approach. Fitzgerald has contributed to over thirty major productions across a wide range of platforms, both live and on film, for movement and dance including three Grammy Award nominated dance films and two Academy Award winning motion picture. Directed by Fitzgerald, Cortège is collaboratively choreographed by eight dancers of Opera Ballet Flanders; Tiemen Bormans, Karlijn Dedroog, Hector Ferrer, Claudia Gil Cabus Misako Kato, Shane Urton, Lateef Williams, & Shelby Williams.

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