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
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
Aaron Bebe Sukura
Baffour Awuah Kyerematen
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
SCREENING AND BROADCAST
American Dance Festival Movies by Movers Film Festival (North Carolina)
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)
Northwest Screendance Exposition (Oregon)
University Film and Video Association