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Phenomena

Tânia Moreira David

Challenging the perception of space experience through dance.


Phenomena is a project that intertwines film, dance, architecture and visual art. It arises from the collaboration between Juri Nishi, a London-based Japanese visual and live artist educated also in architecture, and Tânia Moreira David, a Portuguese filmmaker and architect based in Lisbon.

This site-specific project for Valentines Mansion, a grade two listed building, recreates the lives of past inhabitants in the 17th and 18th century. The narrative reveals their memory through movement choreographed for the camera. The project explores the relationship between the body and the architectural landscape, questioning the idea of memories and a sense of belonging constructed in particular spaces.

Places, like people, have biographies; spaces have invisible imprints of untold stories and memories. Here, using movements through space, the artists constructs spatial narratives, exploring the dancer’s sensorial impressions. In the Valentines Mansion, ancient inhabitants presumably wrote letters, read books beside the window, walked into the greenery, and chatted in the garden. Starting from those clear actions, the choreography evolves into a continuous flow of movements. It is a perpetual landscape of encounters and emotional attachments to spaces based on individual bodily routines. Through choreography for the camera, written in relation to the past but from a present standpoint, there is an intention to depict a fresh point of view, which brings new significance, and challenges the perception of how we experience architectural landscapes.

Authors icon Credits

Mentioned project: Valentines Mansion (1696)
Project location: Ilford, Redbridge, London
Directors: Tânia Moreira David, Juri Nishi
Director Assistant: Mathias Hancock
Camera Assistant: Heath McWaters
Performers: Monica Brunello, Evangelia Kolyra, Justyna Sochaj, Rosana Ribeiro
Choreography: Juri Nishi
Cinematography: Tânia Moreira David
Music: Davide Zaccaria
Lighting: François Coppey
Editing: Tânia Moreira David
Audio Mixing: mistura de som, André Neto
Sound Recordist: Peter Cudmore
Costume Design: Neusa Trovoada
Pattern Cutting: Margarida Manalvo
Produced: Tânia Moreira David, Juri Nishi
Supported by: Arts Council England

United Kingdom 2012
Duration: 10'41''