Versus is the firstshort film of London-based filmmaker/musician Fiona Jane Burgess@fionajburgessss, shot in Berlin, in collaboration with emerging German choreographer Franka Marlene Foth. The film documents two female dancers moving through the external corridors and open courtyards of the Hofgarten estate in Berlin, a modernist concrete masterpiece.
The choreography is concerned with the process of everyday life as a woman, a dancer, and a creative. Is is at times very impulsive and powerful, and at times very sloppy and slow. Sexy and ugly. Heavy and light. Strong and soft. It’s about trying to find balance and synchronicity. There is a characteristic violence lingering beneath the surface of this startlingly simple and carefully formed new work by this emerging filmmaker.
Director: Fiona Jane Burgess @fionajburgessss Choreographer: Franka Marlene Foth @frankamarlenefoth Director of Photography: Htat Lin Htut Producer: Cora Berndt-Stühmer Styling: Elizabeth Fraser-Bell Dancers: Myriel Welling and Amalie Stitz Steadicam Operator: Patrick Morgan 1st AC: Ashton Green 2nd AC: Thanh-Long Vo Make-up: Julia Barde Runners: Safiye Gray and Michael Mönnich Editor: Greg Hayes at Whitehouse Post Colour grade: Simona Cristea at Coffee&TV Music: “Antenne” by Frank Bretschneider Special thanks to Vantage Film GmbH, Electric Sun Berlin, Degewo & Sarah Entwistle, and Lez Creative