TV Performing Arts

08 settembre 2023 ore 13:07


The Jury

Albana Kepi (ORA - Albania), Alexandre Pletser (RTBF - Belgium), Tabe Ebangha Enonchong (CRTV - Cameroon), Marika Kecskeméti (YLE - Finland), Christa Rauwolf (ARD - Germany), Chin Jaeun (NACB - Korea, South), Agnė Biliūnaitė (LRT - Lithuania), Silvana Grujić (RTS - Serbia), Natalija Gorščak (RTVSLO - Slovenia), Jesper Petersson (SVT - Sweden), Gregory Catella (SRG SSR - Switzerland)

The President: Natalija Gorščak (RTVSLO - Slovenia)



The Finalists

ARD Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland


Writer, Director, Editor: Alla Kovgan. Choreography: Merce Cunningham. Directors of Choreography: Jennifer Goggans, Robert Swinston. Director of Photography: Mko Malkhasyan. Producers: Helge Albers, Ilann Girard, Alla Kovgan, Elisabeth Delude-Dix, Kelly Gilpatrick, Derrick Tseng. Co-producers: Dan Wechsler, Annie Dautane, Gallien Chalanet Quercy, Silvana Bezzola Rigolini. Executive Producers: Stephanie Dillon, Anna Godas, Oli Harbottle, Lyda E. Kuth, Andreas Roald. Producing Companies: Achtung Panda! / Arsam International / Chance Operations. Co-producing Companies: ARD/ BR Bayerischer Rundfunk/ARTE, Docworks, Dogwoof, SRG SSR/ RSI Radiotelevisione Svizzera, Bord Cadre Films.

The documentary film Cunningham brings back the legendary choreographies of Merce Cunningham, danced by the last members of his famous company. In poetic images, the film accompanies Cunningham's artistic career from 1944 to 1972, a period marked by risk-taking and innovative energy. From the early years in New York, in which Cunningham tried to establish himself as a dancer, to his breakthrough as one of the world's most visionary choreographers in the world. Supported by 3D technology, his story and his ideas combine to create an emotional journey into the world of the choreographer. His life's work and his ideas still influence artists and choreographers all over the world.

Presented by: Alla Kovgan, Writer and Director

Alla Kovgan, born in Moscow, is a New York and Berlin-based writer/director and editor known for Cunningham (2019), an award-winning 3D film about Merce Cunningham distributed in 35 countries, shortlisted for LOLA awards (Germany), premiered at Toronto, NY, BFI London and many other festivals; 3D VR Devil's Lungs with Finnish rock band Suistamon Sähkö (Grand Prix, Vienna Shorts, 2018) that made Kovgan the Artist- in-Residence at the Museum Quarter 21 in Vienna; Nora (30 awards in both doc and fiction category, 2008) with Zimbabwean choreographer Nora Chipaumire; Movement Revolution Africa (2007) with nine contemporary dance companies from Africa; an Emmy-nominated Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (Sundance, 2008) about the role of the North in the US slave trade, and others.

The Jury: At the core of the programme is a portrait of dance, a perfect combination of 2D and 3D, archives, dance, interviews, music and graphics. The storytelling is full of small treasures showing other layers of the film; music and the absence of music, the sounds of dance in perfect combination with the music of John Cage and Eric Satie; a poetic fusion of old and new choreography, old and new archival material; the innovative use of graphics, never repeating the same pattern on the one hand and not overdoing with the novelty one the other; the storytelling giving the viewer only hints about certain phases and relationships in Merce Cunningham's life. The film is a true reminder of Cunningham work and his influence in contemporary dance, for us and for future generations alike - a dancing poetry, a poetry of dance.


SVT Sveriges Television

Historjá – Stygn för Sápmi (Historjá – Stitches for Sápmi)

Direction: Thomas Jackson. Actors: Britta Marakatt-Labba, John-Isak Labba, Nils Johannes Labba. Sound Track: Eirik Havnes. Editing: Kaveh Akaber. Producers: Pelle Nilsson, Mattias Nohrborg. Producing Organisation: BRF. Coproducing Organisations: SVT, Filmpool Nord.

The poetic and striking Historjá – Stitches for Sápmi, takes us to the front line of climate change, as seen through the eyes of world-renowned artist and activist Britta Marakatt-Labba. The film's narration follows Labba's art piece Historjá, a 24-meter-long embroidery with imagery from Sámi history. The embroidery was a breakthrough for Marakatt-Labba at Documenta 14 in Kassel. With small stitches, she brings forward the history and mythology of the Sámi people, alongside stories of colonialism, her people´s political struggles and state-supported racism. Now she, her family and the Sámi people face an existential battle, as climate change threatens contemporary reindeer herding and by that the existence of Sámi culture. Will it be possible for her son to carry on the family tradition?

Presented by: Emelie Persson, Comissioning Editor

Emelie is the Deputy Program Director at the Arts and Culture Department of SVT. Prior to this role, she worked as the Commissioning Editor for K Special, the slot dedicated to arts and culture documentaries at SVT. She also serves as the Commissioning Editor for "Historjá – Stitches for Sápmi". Emelie has been a producer for cultural programs at SVT since 1997. Additionally, she is a culture journalist and an art historian.


SRG SSR Société suisse de radiodiffusion et télévision

Mon corps virtuel et mon double (My Virtual Body and My Double)

Direction: Bruno Deville. Authors, Screenplay: Simon Senn, Tammara Leites. Sound Track: Hatsui Masaki. Editing: Myriam Rachmuth. Adapted from: Be Arielle F by Simon Senn, Tammara Leites. Producing Organisation: Detours Films, RTS.

In online-conference format, My Virtual Body and my Double immerses us in the testimony of artist Simon Senn, who has the disturbing experience of embodying the digital replica of a female body using virtual reality. Together with programmer Tammara Leites, he also creates an artificial intelligence fed with his own personal data and capable of writing. A film revealing the unexpected entanglement between technology and humans. Dizzy-making.

Presented by: Bruno Deville, Director

Belgian living in Switzerland, Bruno Deville graduated from ECAL (Lausanne) – cinema department. Director of the movie Bouboule (Chubby), and TV shows - Endangered Species - Double Life - CROM. Bruno Deville is also active in the world of theatrical performances where he designs several stage video devices. He collaborates with Heiner Goebbels, Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) and Maurice Béjart.




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