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‘Room’, an environmental dance film by kloetzel&co., examines the themes of ecological precarity and adaptation in the Anthropocene. Filmed on site in Glasgow, UK and Calgary, Canada, the film uses close-ups of physical interactions with a diversity of sites and quick cuts between sites to display the human body as both inherently mobile but also fixed in place, unable to escape the vagaries of environmental transformation. Created by Melanie Kloetzel, in collaboration with set designer Fergus Dunnet and cinematographer Chantal Wall, ‘Room’ weighs the limits and fantasies of human efforts to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
Melanie Kloetzel is the artistic director of kloetzel&co., a dance theatre company founded in New York and now based in Canada. Since 1997, kloetzel&co. has presented theatre works, site-specific performances, and dance films across three continents. Films by kloetzel&co. have been selected for screening at such film festivals as the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (USA) where her film was awarded a Best of Fest, DANSCAMDANSE Festival (Belgium), the American Dance Festival’s International Screendance Festival (USA), Danca em Foco Festival (Brazil), the Northwest New Works PodFest at On the Boards (USA), dance: made in canada festival (Canada), the Third Coast Dance Film Festival (USA), Festival Internacional de Videodanza (Uruguay), Alternative Film Festival (Canada) where her film received a Best Cast Award, and through TenduTV’s well-known Essential Dance Films series (USA). www.kloetzelandco.com