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Ghosts of the Past by Michiel Vandevelde

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) 2022 presents

Ghosts of the Past


by Michiel Vandevelde

Country: Belgium | Running Time: 54 | Language: English  | Year Of Release: 2021

About Ghosts of the Past

In the dance film Ghosts of the Past, choreographer Michiel Vandevelde weaves fragments of his choreographic pieces into an extraordinary film set against the striking industrial architecture of PACT Zollverein (Essen, DE). Filmed with a drone in one long take, this unique film document likens a walk through an extraordinary exposition of thoughts: each space holds its own ghosts of the past. We encounter dancers, dances, sounds and texts in a wild remix that evokes the feeling of a time travel.

Direction, choreography, concept, editing: Michiel Vandevelde
Dramaturgical advice: Kristof van Baarle
Dancers: Arthur Hollants, Michiel Vandevelde, Mario Barrantes Espinoza, Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Bryana Fritz, Jara Vlaeminckx, Oskar Stalpaert, Júlia Rúbies Subirós, Hanako Hayakawa, Robson Ledesma, and Folkwang Tanzstudio (Baptiste Bersoux, Emily Castelli, Yi-An Chen, Stsiapan Hurski, Ji Hee Kim, Giuseppe Perricone, Darko Radosavljev, Pierandrea Rosato, Narumi Saso, Mariane Verbecq)
Costumes: Lila John, Heide Vanderieck, Tutia Schaad, Ester Manas
Drone operator: Martin Hartmann/Düsseldrone
Color grading: Kene Illeghems
Sound editing: Bart Aerts/senstudio
Titles: Ward Heirwegh
Financial Management: Klein Verzet
Produced by: PACT Zollverein
Artistic director PACT: Stefan Hilterhaus
Project management: Katharina Heib
Project management support: Julius Brüntink
Coordination: Inga Bergmann
Technicians: Rainer Nilius, Christian Göbel, Leon Dohr, Lara Heinrich, Desirée García López

A project within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

“To make a performance—or any work of art—is just a small dot in a larger artistic process. I see my artistic work as a journey through knowledges, experiences, sensibilities. Often the spectators only see a small part of that journey. Ghosts of the Past is an attempt to connect the dots. This film marks a period, perhaps it is the end of a period. Yet, from the ruins of the past always something new appears.” —Michiel Vandevelde

About Michiel Vandevelde

Michiel Vandevelde studied dance and choreography at the renowned Brussels dance school P.A.R.T.S. He is a choreographer, author and currently curator of performing arts at arts centre DE SINGEL (Antwerp, BE). His more recent dance works take distinctively different aspects of dance history as their initial starting points. With Ghosts of the Past Vandevelde brings these works together in a cinematic exhibition that makes cross-connections between them eloquently tangible.

About The Festival

The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) is an annual event showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals. The 7th annual festival will focus on work for the screen created by theatre artists during the Time of Corona. The festival will be held digitally from March 1st – 15th 2022.

Watch Ghosts of the Past from March 1st to March 15th 2022 on the Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) website.

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