ONES COUNTERPOINT trailer

The trailer of ONES COUNTERPOINT is online!

Please go and check it out!

More news and developments from us on our ONES collaboration soon straight from Japan @AnnePointNL !

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ONES COUNTERPOINT depicts the inner voice of a haunted woman by crawling under her moving skin.
The interior and exterior are brought together by the three elements of water, wind and earth.
As the lines between movement and manipulation blur, the woman’s calm facade cracks, revealing something dark and mysterious that makes its way to the surface.

In ONES COUNTERPOINT Anne Verheij (NL) and Miku Tsuchiya (Japan) cross the vast distance between the UK and Japan via internet to make their second diptych (the first being nominated at LSFF 2017 for Best Experimental Short Film).
Their two individually created contemporary dance films, made from the same footage, are juxtaposed on a single screen where the soundtrack, especially created out of the field recordings they made in the UK and Japan, bring them together.

ONES part 2 news!

After months of finding new ways to communicate via the internet, Miku and I were able to start finalising the second part of ONES, a proposed triptych.

Now that Miku is based in China we have to deal with the harsher Internet rules and regulations there. Though the time difference is now 7 hours instead of 9, finding ways to upload and download our work and call each other to discuss the process has brought new challenges. The ‘patience’ that is needed in order to produce and develop our work across continents, can at times become a real strain on our working method.

BUT seeing each other’s work for the first time last week made all our hard work worthwhile.

For this second part of our proposed triptych we have yet again worked individually on our own films. As in the first part of ONES, our process consists of carefully choosing footage and sounds together and then editing our individual films on our own, without communicating what we are doing.

By using the exact same video footage, shot back when Miku was in London, and using the soundtrack by Jack Goodwin as our time line, we have created two distinct videos that come together by our binding theme of communicating over a far distance.

The rhythm and focus of both films are opposites of each other. Miku’s film seems to be an anchor formed by a continuous rhythm like a person breathing, where my film focuses on Miku and telling her story by getting under her skin. These very different films come together through a vertical communication on a single screen, where they together, like the title implies, form the interior and exterior of a person.

More on the finalising of the second part of this project soon!
Keep an eye out for updates on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Miku Tsuchiya on ONES part 2:

Anne Verheij and myself are excited to announce that our second part of the ‘ONES’ triptych is in its final stage of editing. It will have a first private viewing in June 2016 in London.

Before this film will have its first public appearance, we thought it would be nice to share our experience of our editing process on this second part of our proposed triptych. So here it is!

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Since the beginning of this year we’ve been editing individually on this second part of the project, and just last week, we exchanged our edited films, viewing them for the first time.

My first impression of watching Anne’s version of the film was “Wow! This is so different from mine!” I was shocked by the difference and the fact that our films had almost nothing in common!
My second immediate thoughts were “How it’s possible to put these two completely different films together in one piece?… is it even possible?”
Actually, Anne had a similair reaction as mine. We were both completely in shock. The two films turned out completely different from the first part of our ONES triptych. It was very unexpected and thrilling.

My Notes from watching Anne’s film:

“Repetition, abrupt, directions, focus on the body, movement tells a story, theme developing, body speaking, falling, tensions, emotions, fragments of memories, blank … ” (19 May, 2016)

So the fun part began: looking for the possibilities to make these films speak together.

My Notes from watching the 1st trial of playing the two films together

We first tried to put the two films besides each other, horizontally, like we did for the first part of our triptych. This, however, didn’t work as well as we thought. The two films hardly spoke to one another and it created completely separated worlds.

“My eyes are busy, looking right to left, left to right. I don’t know where to look or where to focus. My eyes zoom in on one film, completely missing the other… This is much too busy. As the scenes kept changing, I was left behind. This way a story kept building and instantly diminishing as soon as I looked away. This left me with no flow and no communication between two films. Separate…” (19 May, 2016)

My Notes from watching the 2nd and 3rd trial of playing the two films together

We decided to try and put our two films vertically, the one on top of the other. Surprisingly, this way worked and our films started to speak to each other.

“The two films started to communicate. Sharing a same world. One film is like a under current, which is always there, holding and carrying: like a container, like an anchor holding you in place. The other film is like a reflection, a glimpse of what’s happening in that current, like a magnifying glass: it focuses, it magnifies the invisible world beneath the surface, it tells the invisible story… 

At first, the two worlds of each individual film seem very different in its horizontal display, hardly able to communicate with each other, but when we looked at it with a vertical perspective, it started to communicate beyond the visible boundaries and in that moment two worlds became ONE.” (19 May, 2016)

This vertical option worked out beautifully, and we both started to see the huge possibilities of where this project is going. At this point we were reminded that what we saw happening on screen was the drive of this project:

2 women
2 voices
2 countries
2 disciplines
2 intuitions
2 rhythms
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1 installation

I was very fascinated to see that the drive behind this project is now taking a strong visual form on the screen and I can’t wait to see more!

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If you’re interested, please stay tuned!

ONES in Japan

A small impression of the showing of ONES in Japan.

An audience member responded:
“This is a reflection of reality on today’s society in which people live in their own bubble. I can feel the loneliness from the film.”

It was a real adventure, because most of the 300 audience members came from outside the city and was not familiar with Contemporary Art. However, as one of the audience members pointed out, they were able to make their own story of what was shown.

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ONES – Swallowsfeet Festival 2016

Miku and I are delighted to announce that

ONES will be shown at Swallowsfeet Festival 2016

A TWO DAY PROGRAMME BRINGING EXCEPTIONAL DANCE ARTISTS
TOGETHER FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

5 March 7 – 10 pm
6 March 3 – 7 pm

tickets @THE OLD MARKET THEATRE, Brighton

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Photo by © ANNE• 2015

ONES on to 2016

Miku and I want to say many thanks to all the wonderful people that came to see ONES in October and a big thank you to Deptford X, Deli X, Abeerance and Jobcentre for having us! It was wonderful to meet you all and hear your responses. You made it a super experience!

We are very excited to tell you that we are working on our second part of the proposed triptych ONES, which will make it’s appearance around March 2016.
Not only will we keep crossing the 9 hour time difference in this project, but we also have added a new country to the mix: China!

Keep in touch by following the process on our blogs and by following us on Facebook & Twitter.

Here are some snap shots from ONES 2015 by © ANNE• 2015.

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ONES @ Deptford X festival

This October the first part of ONES will be shown @Deptford X festival!

Come and join us across borders from Japan to United Kingdom
from 1-4 October 2015
between 6-9 pm @ Deli X, London

ONES
2 women
2 countries
2 disciplines
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1 installation

ONES is a collaboration between Dutch visual artist Anne Verheij and Japanese choreographer Miku Tsuchiya, in which film and dance are explored across various urban sites in London.
ONES engages the spectator through juxtaposing two films created out of the same footage, capturing the individual’s rhythm amidst the pulse of the restless city.

Concept | film | montage: Anne Verheij
Performance | montage: Miku Tsuchiya
Sound design: Jack Goodwin

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Photo by © ANNE• 2015

ONES – week 6

From the start of this project Miku and I have said that it would be an experiment, where we would discover what happens if you give two collaborators from two different disciplines the same material, which has been created together, to edit an individual film of the exact same length, using the exact same soundtrack.

Since we are each editing at the moment from individual perspectives without communicating about the process, we are bound to have two very different films that will come together through location, sound, style and performance.

Miku is a choreographer who explores the space with her whole body, merging it in to the environment. As a visual artist, I explore the space through a camera lens and frame, putting my body outside of the environment to let my eyes make a composition of the different elements within it. Therefore, our methods of exploring the various locations will have been different and thus it will affect our editing processes.

This by far is the most fascinating and thrilling part of the project so far, because we can’t predict the exact outcome. I’m very excited to see the differences and similarities between how Miku and I see, think and explore when we are not creating together in person.

ONES
2 women
2 countries
2 disciplines
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1 installation

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Photo by © ANNE• 2015

ONES – week 5 – Editing

Over the last weeks Miku and I have been in conversation with our composers Cassie Kinoshi and Jack Goodwin to come to three separate soundtracks. Both composers have very different styles and backgrounds, which makes for an intriguing input for our editing process. At the beginning of April they received our selected sounds, film stills and impressions. From there they each took the sounds to a new level where the sounds were stretched, distorted and shaped into a rhythmic soundtrack.
Since their soundscapes are simultaneously our timelines in order for Miku and I to edit our films to independently, it will be a real experiment to see how their work influences our editing process.

Miku and I are now in the process of choosing specific footage from each location to start this editing process. The aim for us is to both have the same footage to edit with, but not to communicate on how we are going to edit it before or while we are editing.

The planning was to start this process back in April, but due to serious computer malfunction we had to postpone this process to June.
We will keep you posted on this exciting project of which we are planning a showing of work in progress in the beginning of July!

ONES
2 women
2 voices
2 countries
2 disciplines
2 intuitions
2 rhythms
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1 installation

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ONES – news: composers

Most exciting news!

We have started to collaborate with two amazing composers to take our recorded sounds to the next level: a soundtrack.

Composer Cassie Kinoshi (On An Empty Stomach) has agreed to make a soundtrack for our third location.

Sound designer Jack Goodwin (Teokorus) has agreed to create the soundtrack for our first location.

2 women
2 voices
2 countries
2 disciplines
2 intuitions
2 rhythms
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1 installation

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