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Director and choreographer Dr Marisa Zanotti awarded international film accolade

Entangled was conceived as a silent film

A DIRECTOR from the University of Chichester whose pioneering dance research explores bodies, screens, and perception through analogue and digital technologies has received an international award for her latest film.

Dr Marisa Zanotti, a Reader in Choreography and Digital Technologies, was presented with an accolade at the Light Moves Festival of Screendance for new project Entangled, which she created with composer Matthew Whiteside. The senior lecturer, from the University’s Department of Dance, was given the Innovative Use of Sound Award at the ceremony, which is Ireland’s international festival dedicated to dance on film.

The awards celebrate artistic excellence in the exploration of screendance by challenging and renewing its scope and direction. Speaking about the collaboration Dr Zanotti said: “Entangled was conceived as a silent film, a lens for listening to Matthew Whiteside's string quartet number four.

“In the collaboration we are responding in different ways to the work of physicist John Bell, the imagery explores ideas of entanglement and non-locality. The entire film is made from a 45-second clip of archive footage of an apache dance from 1908.”

Reader Dr Zanotti is an award-winning filmmaker who has been exploring ideas around bodies, screens, and perception through analogue and digital technologies since the 1990s in different kinds of projects nationally and internationally. Her work is informed by her background in performance, choreography, theatre and installation practices.

Dr Marisa Zanotti is a Reader in Choreography and Digital Technologies

Entangled was originally commissioned as part of the John Bell event by the Institute of Physics for the Northern Ireland Science Festival, where it premiered earlier this year.

Matthew Whiteside, from Northern Ireland, is a composer, collaborator, and sound designer based in Glasgow. His music has been performed and broadcast internationally by some of the leading contemporary ensembles, and he writes for concert, film. and collaborative installations.

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