REALNESS is a sarcastic parody by the internationally renowned choreographer Daniel Proietto. Playing with the format of reality TV competition show, Proietto examines the “lowest form of entertainment” that is Reality TV and takes a close look to the immoral and perverse system in which Reality TV is produced and consumed, a clear reflection of the state of chaos that governs our society.
A highly self critical cross genre work intended to expose, question and critique an “art" form of hidden scripted fiction - presented as real.
Produced by Nagelhus Schia Productions in collaboration with the film company M12, Proietto's firs film is captured by advanced camera equipment used to create a vivid and artistic encounter between stage art and film.
REALNESS forces us to look beyond the extravagant facade and confront our own prejudices and decadence.
In this dark comedy the audience will be confronted with very important topics such as racism, bullying, rape, abuse of power and manipulation. Proietto wishes to raise awareness on these relevant issues of our time and speak about their place in the entertainment industry.
Proietto and Guro Nagelhus Schia will be acting against the dancers in REALNESS, playing two ruthless characters: The Camp Maestro and The Producer, two people that will stop at nothing to raise the ratings of their TV show, shedding light to how cynical Reality TV can be and is in many countries.
REALNESS blends elements of dance, drama, comedy and film. The talented dancers from NSP 2 display a wide range of movements, expressions, emotions and personalities in the personification of 7 colourful contestants: The Wannabes. REALNESS also features a number of high-profile performers, including Mimi Devine, Niklas Gundersen, Silya Nymoen, Vebjørn Sundby and Alan Lucien Øyen.
Photos by Anne-Sylvie Bonnet
Written, directed, choreographed and edited by Daniel Proietto
The Wannabes: Anna Benedicte Andresen, Elias Bäckebjörk, Iannes Bruylant, Torill Kolsrud, Vivian Pakkanen, Victor A. O. Pedersen, Panisara Wanlopbanhan
Camp Maestro: Daniel Proietto
The Producer: Guro Nagelhus Schia
The Floor Manager & The Host: Vebjørn Sundby
The Crits: Mimi Devine, Silya Nymoen, Alan Lucien Øyen
The Driver: Niklas Gundersen
The Dropout: Rasmus Tirronen
M12 Production Manager: Martin Flack
Photographers: Martin Flack, Marius Marthinussen Søreide, Olafur Jonsson
Sound Design: Mathias Grønsdal Johannesen
Lighting Design: Silje Grimstad
Composer: Martin Horntveth
Lyrics, plus additional composition: Stella Mwangi
Musicians: Martin Horntveth, Stella Mwangi, Per Einar Watle, Håkon Aase, Ivan Blomqvist, Erik Johannessen
Music mix: Martin Horntveth, Morgan Nicolaysen, Simon Bergseth
Prop Master: Silje Wiedswang Larsson
Production Designer: Cecilie de Lange
Photo: Erika Hebbert, Anne-Sylvie Bonnet
Costume: Daniel Proietto and all participants
Rehearsal Director: Kristin Hjort Inao
Assistant to the Director: Pia Elton Hammer
Producers: Tara Ishizuka Hassel (NSP), Grethe Brækkan (BKH)
Co-produced by Bærum Kulturhus and M12 Kultur
Thanks to Terje Wessel Øverland
"Dance, reality television and irony are good recipes for experimental film
The dancers behind the Subject Award 2020 winners Nagelhus Schia Productions are out with a new digital dance performance. "Realness" is an exciting project we would like to see the development of, a good starting point for similar projects in the future.
Dance can be an inaccessible genre for many, especially when it is shown through a longer performance without dialogue between the stage changes. Some would call it a more honest form of performing arts, but one should not underestimate the precision and intensive planning behind each movement.
Daniel Proietto is the man behind "Realness" (2021), a dance film about reality "vision, dance and a good dose of irony. Here he masters making experimental dance available to the ordinary mortal through fine interludes and simple but precise humor.
We follow an incomprehensible TV program, where the participants are subjected to inhuman treatment, which suits them when they have to express themselves through dance.
Proietto plays together with Guro Nagelhus Schia the main roles as cynical producers, willing to expose the desperate dancers to inhuman treatment to get sufficient viewership. For the action, a TV program has been added that at first may be reminiscent of So you think you can dance, because here too the participants compete through dance. But Proietto's version is far more complex and incomprehensible. The dance program here becomes the starting point for dictionaries about both racism and prison policy, to name a few.
The Wannabes, get to express themselves through dance and movement. The scenes in between the dance are mostly humorous and very ironic.
No one plays complicated roles, but the dancers still work well on screen, especially when they have expressed themselves through their usual format, namely dance. There are several long elements of experimental dance that are done both alone and in collaboration with others. This is where everything is best, and lifts the film up to something bigger than a fig satire.
The photo works best in the dance sequences. But the edit is more solid. The structure is interesting to dive into, and it triggers reflections on time and place. For there is something almost unreal about the atmosphere, something spurious, but nonetheless worth seeing, just as reality's vision for many is.
To sum up, we technically have many better films, but "Realness" still has a lot to offer.
"Realness" remains as something unfinished, but still interesting and rewarding.
"Realness" is an exciting project with a lot on its mind, and enough time is devoted to the film's main vision to convey dance.
For even this is primarily promoted as a digital dance performance, but it is still experienced as a dance film, as it is actually a film we are watching with structure, location and scenes.
It is clear that the artistic team has had fun with this digital performance, and so do we as viewers. There is a lot to mingle with exciting movements, funny inventions and biting satire.
"Realness" may not be perfect, but it is certainly worth seeing. With small modifications, this would be a complete movie experience, and maybe the next project will be just that. "
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