HD VIDEO, 13MIN., COLOR, STEREO
with Alex Tedlie Stursberg, Borjana Ventzislavova, Graham Kaplan, Katinka Kleijn, Luciane Cardassi, Rebecca Bruton, Shaunna Pierro
Six protagonists in red clothes jump rope until they are about to collapse. The movement is always the same and yet very different. Long and short sequences, the rope jumpers take turns until a tension is built up that makes some of the jumpers roar. The routine, so well-known for children’s games and sports training, stands for a constant repetition and attempts to get even further, to get even better, to stick to it. Meaningless repetition of an action can almost be said, so why?
Six different locations in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, near the water, serve as the backdrop for this plot. The self-contained, but nevertheless dramatic natural landscapescouldeasilybereadasademonstrationofWahkohtowin*. Did the environment and the nature not lost its all naturalness? The analysis of capitalism has long since taken place. The landscapes themselves seem so artificial. The rope jumpers are trying further, trying again, trying harder. The world is overcharged - not in tune with the given - getting more faster and harder. The jumpers are tired.
The routine and the tension are resolved in the last scene by a jingle dress dancer. The dance is performed by an indigenous woman in her traditional jingle dress. Dancing on the hill and in the distance you can see the plains, the lakes - the water, everything looks more appropriate. The legend says: her regalia and dance are healing. The movements are hypnotic, a possible solution, a possible cure. Everything is related!