This evening celebrates the launch of Janica Draisma’s new book and DVD Into the Light, a visual compendium of Draisma’s work compiled by the artist herself. Into the Light is a personal account that sheds light on several of her films and projects, reflecting her development as filmmaker, photographer and artist, the themes that are characteristic of her work and the people who inspired her.
Draisma describes her films as ‘cinematographic choreographies’ or ‘visual poems’. Especially the early 16mm films made at the Rietveld Academy are studies in choreography for camera. They are composed of body poses and movements symbolizing and expressing an emotional thrust, with an underlying narrative line to back them up. They are films without dialogue, the music is the motor.
Janica her short fiction films express a very personal universe and are characterized by a strong visual language, often telling the story without any spoken dialogues.
EYE has recently restored a number of Draisma’s films from its collection.
De Bakbeestenballade / The Ballad of the Monstrous (1987, DCP, 1min, EYE archive)
Short animation film in which a dancer is beset by a dragon. In avoiding the huge monster’s mouth, she changes into a little monster.
The Blight, Ah (1991, DCP, 4min, EYE archive)
Ablaze (1991, DCP, 1min, EYE archive)
La Balayeuse (1991, DCP, 4min, EYE archive)
Short animated dance film, the first from a series about the street-sweeper Bala, is set in Paris where Bala meets a spider, a street-sweeper and a green dancer.
Bala II (1991, DCP, 10min, EYE archive)
Short dance film with animation elements, commissioned by the 1993 Spring Dance Festival. Part two of a series about the dancing street-sweeper Bala, who rises from the sea and ends up in Holland.
Sonata do mar (1991, 35mm, 5min)
Computer animation inspired by the poem With not-quite truth by Czeslaw Milosz. Three perform a virtual choreography on the sea. They dance on the water without being limited by gravity, physical restrictions, time or space. They are timeless and eternal. Developed in collaboration with Albert Jan van der Stel, using the computerprogram Life Forms.
The Wondrous (1991, digital file, 10min)
Intimate and poetic portrait of mentally handicapped, in which movement and body language reveals their hidden universe to us, developed in collaboration with visual artist Berend Strik.
The pilot of Draisma’s most recent production, The Secret Room, will also be screened.