Morning Exercises

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Cast:

  • Concept: Sarah Raji
  • Producer: Sarah Raji
  • Performance: Sarah Raji
  • Videography, video editing: Sarah Raji
  • Sound: Sarah Raji
  • Production adviser: Studio 8
  • Photography: Reema Shatat

ÔÇťWhat is this project?

ItÔÇÖs a short film, or I would call it a piece of video art.

What is it about?

It is a morning monologue of anxiety, disorientation, breathing, and freshness, with a little day dream of my past life being a mermaid or a fish.ÔÇŁ

ÔÇö Sarah Raji (Concept)

ÔÇťWhat is this project?

ItÔÇÖs a short film, or I would call it a piece of video art.

What is it about?

It is a morning monologue of anxiety, disorientation, breathing, and freshness, with a little day dream of my past life being a mermaid or a fish.ÔÇŁ

ÔÇö Sarah Raji (Concept)

Story Behind

“I have this idea to experiment with water, and movement for quite some time.

Previously, I had made a short video while floating in a swimming pool.

It was a magical experience to move my body, to breathe in water, and drink pool water, feel the slash.

I felt more alive than any other time while I was in the water.

Interestingly, there is another experience made me feel very alive. That was the time I started to go to the gym to do yoga. Then I realized that when I concentrate on breathing, trying to feel my muscle moving, I feel very good.

For this project, initially I emptied my own fish tank and made a short video of my hand moving in the water.

It looked like another universe of strong visual distortion, and my catÔÇÖs reflection was part of it. Later, I decided to expend this universe.

On the 21st of October of 2020, I went to the pet shop street of Amman, and bought a fish tank which is big enough to put my arms in.

Since then, I moved the fish tank around, from dance studio, to my home, then my own studio, played with water, lights, shadow, and objects.

Meanwhile, I recorded my own voice. Together the water, my hand, my movements, my voice, the fish tank, and a rubber duck, a playful, short video is created which is peephole of my imaginary world where strange dreams come true and the light path bends.”

ÔÇö Sarah Raji (Concept)

Project “Initiation” has been realized as part of ÔÇťChoreography Creation CampÔÇŁ (CCC) organized by Studio 8, with the support of Drosos Foundation, EUNIC Jordan and European Union in Jordan.

What is CCC?

CCC is a pilot version of a talent incubation program that supports emerging local young choreographers, dance makers, performance directors to sustain their individual or collaborative creativity, and, in the process, finding new ways to be connected with their audiences.

To know more about CCC program, click on the big C button below. Get digital access to the teaching manual of CCC program, click on the on the big M button below.

Project “Morning Exercises” has been realized as part of ÔÇťChoreography Creation CampÔÇŁ (CCC) organized by Studio 8, with the support of Drosos Foundation, EUNIC Jordan and European Union in Jordan.

What is CCC?

CCC is a pilot version of a talent incubation program that supports emerging local young choreographers, dance makers, performance directors to sustain their individual or collaborative creativity, and, in the process, finding new ways to be connected with their audiences.

To know more about CCC program, click on the big C button below. Get digital access to the teaching manual of CCC program, click on the on the big M button below.

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