Cinema - Mother Melancholia by Samantha Shay


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07.05.2022, 21:30–22:45
Presentation and talk with Samantha Shay and Barbara Kaufmann

Mother Melancholia by Samantha Shay is a multi-layered portrait of four women and a eulogy for the planet set to, and inspired by Sóley’s album of the same title, a self-proclaimed soundtrack for the end of the world as we know it. Co-commissioned by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, the dance film approaches patriarchal politics and ecofeminism through an unguarded, unsettlingly beautiful meditation on the difficulty, and immediacy of being fully present in the world. Filmed in the surreal and eroding Icelandic landscape, Mother Melancholia is a quiet, yet urgent conduit between the internal world of the human experience, and the planet we inhabit.

Samantha Shay is currently a Fulbright Scholar and invited by Bettina Wagner-Bergelt to work as Guest Artist & Researcher at Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Dancer and rehearsal director, Barbara Kaufmann is Samanta’s mentor.  This project was developed by the two artists in collaboration, creating new work together through studying and exploring how the legacy of Pina Bausch's repertory influences and inspires young artists.

The film will be introduced by the filmmaker, Samantha Shay, followed by a Q&A with Samantha Shay, and collaborator Barbara Kaufmann. 

Mother Melancholia

Directed by Samantha Shay

Created by Samantha Shay  in collaboration with Barbara Kaufmann Chalia La Tour Breanna O’Mara

Music by Sóley

A Source Material Production A co-production with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Artistic Direction Bettina Wagner-Bergelt Produced by Hallfridur Thora Tryggvadottir

Performed by  Barbara Kaufmann Chalia La Tour Breanna O’Mara Samantha Shay

Director of Photography Victoria Sendra

Voiceover by Barbara Kaufmann, Urs Kaufmann, Chalia La Tour, Samantha Shay, Breanna O’Mara, Samantha Shay

Edited by Samantha Shay Editing Consultant Barbara Kaufmann Colorist Silvia Grav Costume Designer Angela Trivino Production Designer Eva Signý Berger Production Manager Julie Runge Director of Finance Stephanie Regina Production Coordinator Júlíana Kristín Liborius 1st Assistant Camera Ásta Jónína Arnardóttir Gaffer Erla Margrét Gunnarsdóttir Sound Engineer Albert Finnbogason Sound Recording on Set Kristín Hrönn Jónsdóttir Hair & Make-up Flóra Karítas Buenano Intimacy Director Colleen Hughes Cultural Consultant Preston “Coyote” Vargas Seamstress Alexía Rós Gylfadóttir Catering Arabella Morgan & Jördís Richter Set Photography Saga Sigurdardottir & Juliette Rowland Graphic Design FISK Film Equipment Victoria Sendra & KUKL


Sunrise Skulls, Circles, Hysteria & Elegia By Sóley From the album Mother Melancholia 

Sound Engineer and instrumentalist Albert Finnbogason  Drums Jón Óskar Jónsson Viola and string arrangements Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir Violin Gudbjorg Hlin Gudmundsdottir Violin Sigrún Kristbjörg Jónsdóttir  Cello Þórdís Gerður Jónsdóttir  Double Bass Alexandra Kjeld 


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