Exploring cycles of life and decay in a world defined by the senses, body and symbol are woven through vast and intimate landscapes in a sensuous interplay of humanity and nature. Poetic turns and abstract narratives intensify as this surreal episodic journey vividly explores cycles of life and decay in a world defined by the senses.

‘In the Bell’s Shadow’ is a collaboration between screendance director Mary Wycherley and contemporary dance pioneer Joan Davis. Vivid imagery, heightened by Jürgen Simpson’s striking original score, featuring the Irish Chamber Orchestra, provides audiences with a unique and thought provoking cinematic experience.

Inspired by ‘Maya Lila’ the multidisciplinary movement practice of Irish choreographer Joan Davis, interactions between body, sound, landscapes and materials speak in place of dialogue. Skin meets stone and soil and the sound of movement itself emerges as a powerful voice. Throughout the film, movement is spontaneous and undefined, each performer finding their path and place in the present moment. In turn the cinematography is acutely responsive to the emerging gestures and rhythms of body in space. This interaction between movement, camera and landscape, shapes a narrative and atmosphere that is patient, yet charged by the unexpected.

Produced: 2015
Country: Ireland
Running Time: 75mins
Cast: Joan Davis, Maggie Harvey, Henry Montes, Mary Nunan, Nicholas Twilley and Simon Whitehead
Directed & Edited: Mary Wycherley
Collaborative & movement director: Joan Davis
Music composed: Jürgen Simpson
Director of Photography: Eleanor Bowman
Producer: Niamh Mac Cárthaigh

Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
Athens Video Dance Festival
Siamsa Tíre, Kerry, Ireland
Dance Limerick, Ireland
VideoDanza Festival, Argentina
American Dance Festival, USA
Dance and Somatics Conference, Coventry, UK
Galway Film Fleadh, Galway, Ireland
Fastnet Film Festival, Schull, Cork, Ireland
The Firkin Crane, Cork, Ireland