Founded by dance artist Elysa Wendi and film producer Jeremy Chua, Cinemovement proposes to be a platform that aims to create opportunities for disruption and re-organisation in dance and film practices. It is not just about the collaborative process between two different mediums, but the idea that the form of each medium is challenged and transformed to create a new system of communication in an equal way that shifts or evolves the way we encounter each art form. Our objective is not set out to identity or classify a largely unexplored genre, but almost to erase reliance on conventional form and attempt to reimagine it completely instead. The platform is initiated based on the philosophy that our own contemporariness or pertinence in the dance and film scene is about disrupting a prevailing status status quo or expectation of what a dance film could be and re-organise them. We are interested in how we can make a spectator see the potentiality of “future”; to explore the unknown in the context of now.
Preoccupied with the abstraction of memory from place, time and biographical traces, Elysa Wendi explores her works in film , visuals and task based performance. The artist, whose body of work deals with the quiet tension, distortions and oppositions in the mundane things depicted in body movement and environmental space; further explored her choreographic considerations with cinematic presence since 2009 after a 10 years career as a choreographer. She started collaborating with different filmmakers and debut her first directorial commission by Singapore Arts Festival, Dance/Film 2011. Since then, her films were invited to screen in different festivals such as Romania Digital Art Festival, Pool-Dock-11 Berlin, International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy, Cinedans and Turkey International Dance Film Festival. Her recent film works include 1958 Delivery (commission from Jumping Frame Video Dance Festival Hong Kong) and Ice and Brume (commission from West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Hong Kong). Elysa Wendi received a Cultural Award in 2006 from Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Singapore and later received a mentorship grant from The National Arts Council Singapore to study with Chinese filmmaker Ying Liang in Hong Kong from 2013 – 2015. In between choreographic practice and film study, Wendi assimilates and formulating her own methodology in creation which most often not in the clear category of both art forms.
Jeremy Chua is a Singaporean producer/writer based in Singapore and Paris. He frequently collaborates with Akanga Film Asia and Lowave Paris on their film projects. Since 2014, he started his own company, Potocol, which has co-produced A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery by Lav Diaz (Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlinale Competition 2016), A Yellow Bird by K. Rajagopal (Cannes Critics Week 2016) and Brotherhood by Pepe Diokno (Karlovy Vary IFF 2016). Potocol is also developing Tomorrow is a long time by Jow Zhi Wei (Jerusalem Film Lab 2016), You are there by Nicole Woodford (SEAFIC 2017), I see waves by Abdullah Mohammad Saad (ACF Script Development Fund) and in post-production for Family Events by Ying Liang. In 2017, he was selected as one of Berlinale Talents and was a finalist for the VFF Talent Highlight Award. He is also a delegate at the Pingyao International Film Festival.
Cinemovement Ltd is supported by the
National Arts Council under the Seed
Grant Scheme for the period 1 April
2017 to 31 March 2020.