Turn Me Loose – Astrid

Turn Me Loose – Astrid

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Turn Me Loose – Astrid is a short, dance film which looks at a woman's dysfunctional relationship with a man. It opens in black and white, a duet takes place inside an old building. The hard, chiaroscuro grid lines of the window frame shadows cut across the floor, making the space claustrophobic. The camera weaves gently with the dancers, as if trying to console them, but the tumult of their movement reveals their struggle. The central character, Astrid, appears seated on a couch, in obvious emotional pain. The editing makes it clear that the femaie dancer is her emotional surrogate.

A lone, desultory femaie voice sings about needing to leave a relationship. Astrid rises and starts to walk through nocturnal streets, lit film noir style. The dancer appears as a black shape on the floor, then as a lone shilouette in an alleyway, turning vertiginously, her dark hair flying. The camera angle opens up, and Astrid is revealed in the frame, seated on the alley floor. The female dancer becomes more and more energetic as she seems to break free; then she disappears. Astrid slowly walks through a bright landscape of sand dunes and open sky, as the image cross-fades from black and white to colour.

Choreography/Dancers: Noam Gagnon, with contribution from Sonya Perreton
Actress, Composer and Lyrics: Astrid Sars


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Artist's Statement:

I wanted to get below the surface of what was being said in the song by the musician Astrid. So it took work and the spiral seemed to be the theme behind her inability to leave. Some relationships though unhealthy in one sense also hold us to our projections of ourselves. In order to break free of one’s projected being, one must first see it and have such a strong desire to get beyond it. A relationship can be the mirror and thus the key to unlocking the conformities of who we have told ourselves we are. Thus by seeing and breaking free one is able to create ourselves a new. This is the struggle in this piece and Astrid, the main protagonist, accomplishes it.
– Fumiko Kiyooka

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