IMZ DANCE SCREEN AWARD 2007 - 'Best Screen Choreography', The Hague
CHOREOGRAPHY MEDIA HONORS AWARD 2008 - Dance Camera West, L.A
ULTIMATE PANEL'S CHOICE AWARD 2008, Jumping Frames, Hong Kong
JURY SPECIAL MENTION 2009, Il Coreografo Elettronico, PAN Museum, Naples
"An original treatment of a social theme... an existential, emotive imaginary of exile... uniting the suggestion of place to that of experimental choreography"
Veronica D'Auria, Luxflux Arte Contemporanea, Italy, Nov 2007
“In the 21 minutes of Horizon it seems as though there is no choreography, nonetheless everything is in movement, that same oscillation found in the interior journeys of films by Angelopolous, Egoyan and Tarkovski... Rocamora surprises us with a work which is boundaryless, arriving at ‘another place’, its own place, the perfect site for the distinct world of feelings to be found in Horizon.”
Ferrán Mateo, Porladanza Magazine, Spain, Summer 2008
Horizon of exile considers issues of female identity in the journey of exile. Positioned between the cinematic, the real and the performative, the film echoes contexts where woman is forced to leave her country to salvage her sense of self. To this end, the work directly references Middle Eastern cultures while wishing to treat universal questions surrounding self-image, belonging and effacement.
The choreographic passage of two women through epic desert scapes is grounded in testimonies of Kurdish and Central Iraqi women, today living in London, who, haunted by an irrepressible past, recount traditions of female circumscision and stories of narrow escape. While loaded with affect, Horizon of exile presents its politics through a sparse dialogue between human and landscape.
Director/chor/editor: Isabel Rocamora
Cast: Paulina Garrido, Camila Valenzuela
Photography: Nic Knowland
Costumes: Lorena Zilleruelo
Sound design: Paul Cowgill
Producer: Isabel Rocamora
Chile production Manager: Paulo Parra
Production company: Infinito Productions
Hosted in Chile by: Parox Films
Format: S16 mm film
Duration: 22 minutes
Commissioned by: dance.tech
Funded by: Arts Council England