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FILM | The Ballet of the Nations

Sunday 11 November 2018, 18:00 to 21:00

Join us for a special screening of Impermanence's debut film on the 100 year anniversary of Armistice day.

The film will be followed by a Q&A plus a live Nyckelharpa performance from the film’s composer – Robert Bentall.

This 50-minute film, narrated by Billy Zane, was inspired by the 1915 pacifist satire, The Ballet of the Nations, written by Vernon Lee and illustrated by Maxwell Armfield as a response to World War One. Impermanence’s film incorporates original dialogue and a narrative of intricate stylised dance pieces inspired by Lee’s text which imagines war as a diabolical dance choreographed by Satan and Death. The dance descends into a massacre, locking the nations of the world into an endless cycle of slaughter and mutilation.

Bristol-based Impermenance co-founders Roseanna Anderson and Joshua Bentovim make their directorial debut with production design by Pam Tait, cinematography by Jack Offord and an original score by Robert Bentall in The Ballet of the Nations; the film was shot across various locations in England in summer 2018 including Brean Down, Sandham Memorial Chapel and the tunnels under Bristol Temple Meads.

Impermanence is a Bristol-based dance company set up in 2011. The company creates and presents critically acclaimed dance works in a number of different media and settings including theatre, film, and cabaret, site-specific projects and community events. Over the past few years they have built up a reputation for innovative live shows, utilising their training in dance to create performance pieces that defy and challenge contemporary theatre norms.

On Impermanence's previous work:

★★★★ “ingenious choreography” The Observer

★★★★★ "This is what dance should be" Three Weeks

★★★★★ "Utterly captivating... a triumph" Fresh Air Radio

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