FILM PROJECT IN COLLABORATION WITH ELISA POL [Nerval Teatro]
“I believe that I now understand in some small measure why one goes on a pilgrimage to a mountain. The journey is itself part of the technique by which the divine is sought. It is a journey into Being; for as I penetrate more deeply into the mountain’s life, I penetrate also into my own. For an hour I am beyond desire. I am not out of myself, but in myself. I am. To know Being, this is the final grace accorded from the mountain.”– Nan Shepherd, THE LIVING MOUNTAIN
The mountains, an archaic powerful environment.
Existing as if beyond time; guardians of this world. A soul landscape.
What is the fascination with this environment that some feel?
This film is a collaboration and meeting point of the two performers, two women with a special relationship to the mountains. It is inspired by the meaning that this environment has for them personally.
It is a poetic testimony about time spent outdoors, with an, at times, humouristic note. This work mostly driven by a deep love to their environment, equally opens up a window onto the (daily) challenges and tasks and the danger the mountains can also bring.
It is a collage of personal stories overlapping with reflections and anecdotes of other female wanderers and mountaineers, such as Nan Shepherd (The Living Mountain) and Rebecca Solnit (Wanderlust).
Landscapes have a language of their own, expressing the soul of things, lofty or humble, which constitute them, from the mighty peaks to the smallest of the tiny flowers hidden in the meadow’s grass.– Alexandra David-Néel
concept: Andrea Hackl & Elisa Pol
choreography + direction: Andrea Hackl
performance + voice over: Andrea Hackl + Elisa Pol
camera: Dariy Karyakin + Andrea Hackl
[ outdoor footage: Andrea Hackl – shot on previous treks around the Montblanc Massif and across the Pyrenees ]
editing: Andrea Hackl
recording text / voice over: Robbert van Hulzen
sound: Robbert van Hulzen + Andrea Hackl
– Meydan – Away & Elk
– Scott Buckley – Machina
[promoted via chosic.com]
memories + original writing from travel diaries from Andrea Hackl + Elisa Pol,
recordings during conversations for the production of this film
original writing from the piece Walking Memories by Elisa Pol
excerpts from Nan Shephert, The Living Mountain + Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust
STUDIO: 4Bid gallery
A SPECIAL THANX
goes to Angela Fumarola & Teatro Armunia for giving the impulse for this collaboration and supporting it financially
as well as the Austrian Cultural Forum of The Hague kindly supporting the production of this film.