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ATENA/NETS


ATENA/NETS is a site-specific contemporary dance set in Jamestown, a traditional fishing community in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Rising stars in Ghana’s dance community, Julius Yaw Quansah and Sena Atsugah are enmeshed in the challenges of daily life. Drawing from Ghanaian customs and traditions, they cast a wide net, remaking their world.

The soundtrack for ATENA/NETS was created by the New Global Ensemble, a collaboration of artists from the USA, Germany, and Ghana.


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YEAR OF RELEASE
2019

RUNTIME
06.5

FILM CREDITS
Producer/Director/Editor
Mark Freeman

Cinematographer
Jenna Castillo

Choreographers/Performers
Julius Yaw Quansah and Sena Atsugah

Sound
Andrew Obeng

Music
New Global Ensemble USA/Germany/Ghana

Benjamin Boone
Stefan Poetzsch
Aaron Bebe Sukura
Baffour Awuah Kyerematen
Contact: Essaka@aol.com


AWARDS & REVIEWS
"What a truly stunning piece. From the first frame I was transported ... ATENA/NETS draws the viewer in...." Natalie Maroun, Program Director San Diego Diplomacy Council.

“Freeman’s graceful film highlights the intimate connection between music, dance, and everyday ritual in contemporary coastal Ghana. Overlooking the edge of the black Atlantic, carefully choreographed dancers, soundscapes, and camera angles evoke the polysemous nature of water and the ocean by interlacing libation, longing, and seaside livelihoods in fluid interactions. Wrapped in fishing nets, dancers enact a flow of traditional and contemporary movements atop the sounds of saxes, electronic strings, and vernacular instruments, gesturing to history, memory, and the surrounding cosmopolitan milieu. In all, this thought-provoking short film demonstrates the combined power of cinema, dance, and music to open multiple interpretive horizons of meaning.” Paul Schauert, author of Staging Ghana: Artistry and Nationalism in State Dance Ensembles

"What a beautiful film! I love it. I love the naturalness and ease of the camera." Mark Allan Davis, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance San Francisco State University

"...this piece offers a unique forcus on the multi-textured relations of bodies and place in the traditional fishing community of Jamestown....Julius Yaw Quansah and Sena Atsugah fluidly move between the rituals of lived life and expressive representations of the water. Their interactions echo memories of curiosity,longing and release....how we become bound by nets of many kinds" Assoc. Professor Alex M.Ingersoll, The University of Wisconsin –– Stevens Point

SCREENING AND BROADCAST
American Dance Festival Movies by Movers Film Festival (North Carolina)
NY African Film Festival Family Day Celebration
London International Screen Dance Festival
African World Documentary Festival Stellensbosh University (South Africa); Srinakharinwirot University (Thailand); Caribbean Film School (Trinidad and Tobago)
Braga International Film Festival (Portugal)
Rhythm & Views Film Festival (London)
Athens Video Dance Project
Toronto African Film & Music Festival
Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
Northwest Screendance Exposition (Oregon)
Cincinnati African & Asian Diaspora Film Festival
Frame x Frame Film Fest (Houston)
Dallas VideoFest
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
University Film and Video Association



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