#ILLMUSE (Illustrated Music) - all hail to the death of the music video
DANCER’S LOST LOVE
"…and I rest where trains sleep."
dearSAPPHO is an experimental lesbian narrative illustrated to original music by jocelyn & lisa (Boyfriend Academy Remix). This story follows the relationship of two young women who are in love, yet despite their shared artistic passions cannot overcome the obstructions and conflicts that often arise for two young lovers. Can Lux and Stella survive our overly masculine and heterosexual world?
DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER Ania Catherine
CINEMATOGRAPHERS Mishka Kornai and Angela Dalberiste
WRITER/DIRECTOR Emmeline Kim
MUSIC “Open Wide” jocelyn & lisa X Boyfriend Academy Remix
PRODUCED BY enavantstudios.com - CLIQUE GANG collaboration
this piece was inspired by two friends who happened to be artists. I love you ania, always and forever. this is my love letter to you
NOTE FROM ANIA CATHERINE
This film, dearSAPPHO, is different from anything I have ever done—its bravery evident and political implications vast. I am a dancer and choreographer originally from Southern California, having trained throughout the region for 18+ years. I am now currently living in London pursuing a master’s degree in Gender Policy at London School of Economics. Dance has always been a fundamental component of my life and identity as I grew up performing in competitions and concerts throughout the US. As someone who is passionate about both gender equality and the advancement of sexual minority rights, I feel privileged to have been able to lend my craft to this project.
dearSAPPHO tackles an issue that is central to the marginalization of sexual minorities in the US and abroad—lack of representation in media. It is difficult to imagine a world in which people are exposed to images and depictions of the love, relationships, heartbreak, and lived realities of LGBT individuals without risk of public outrage. This situation is problematic as only selected stories are told and legitimated, leaving those who cannot relate to the dominant identity categories and social narratives to struggle in naming and conceptualizing their own existence. I hope to be involved in work that expands the visibility of trajectories for young people who do not currently see themselves represented fairly by art and media. dearSAPPHO is my first step towards achieving this aim.
NOTE FROM EMMELINE KIM
I first met Ania during college. She was studying feminism and had already been dancing for 15 years. One morning our final semester we continued an on-going conversation about gender equality in the US. We were upset over the fact that even today in 2013 the most well-known dance choreographers and film directors were still male. We often times found ourselves greatly disturbed by both our industries in the way mainstream/commercial dance and film continues to exploit the female body and feminine mind without proper representation. When these daily reminders didn’t sink us through the ground, Ania and I created art to survive.
dearSAPPHO is a personal video about love, women, art, and survival.
Thank you for your support. Love and light.
- THE CLIQUE
EDITED // 01 | 22 | 14
NOTE FROM JOCELYN
I am utterly moved by your piece. With that said, we’re so proud to be included on a piece like this. I cried when I watched it. It’s so gorgeous. I’ll be sure to share it with the world. Thanks so much. Good luck with all of the hype. Much, much deserved.
NOTE FROM LISA
Both the remix and the video are soft, sensual and beautiful as well as gritty and tortured. A lovely balance and very much in line with our project. Really intriguing and beautiful work. Thank you for selecting our song to be used in this capacity.
EDITED // 02 | 19 | 14
NOTE FROM THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE
A relationship from beginning to end told with a pulsating beat and beautiful choreography.