Sea Without Shore (Film Screening and Q&A)

Directed by Andre Semenza and Fernanda Lippi, founders of critically acclaimed Anglo-Brazilian physical theatre company Zikzira, makers of Ashes of God, Sea Without Shore is set in remote forest landscapes and interiors in rural 19th century Sweden and was photographed in cinema-scope by award-winning British director of photography, Marcus Waterloo with a sound design supervised by Academy-Award® and multiple BAFTA winner Glenn Freemantle (‘Gravity’).

The film is a rhythmically captivating exploration of love and loss between two women at the fin de siècle, Sea Without Shore follows an amorous relationship abruptly cut short.  The stream-of-consciousness narration, a collage of poetic fragments, features words by 16th century Lesbian poet Katherine Philips and 19th century fin de siècle poets Renée Vivien and Algernon Charles Swinburne whose agnostic, visionary poetry lend the film an exhilarating quality.

The original music for Sea without Shore was created by pioneering composer The Hafler Trio (aka Andrew McKenzie), using the cast’s sonic imprints for the creation of the soundtrack.

Andre Semenza
Founder of independent film production company Maverick Motion Ltd, film director Andre Semenza studied at the Lon- don International Film School and the London Drama Stu- dio and subsequently worked in various capacities in physical theatre, opera and cinema.

His critically acclaimed films, such as the pioneering dance feature film As Cinzas de Deus, have been exhibited at nu- merous international film festivals and art house cinemas. Co-founder of Zikzira Physical Theatre, Andre has directed and produced the company’s live productions and films.

With Fernanda Lippi, he curates the Zikzira Action Space, of- ficially opened by Jarek Fret, director of the The Grotowski Institute (the first Brazilian organization to host the Institute), the London International School of Performing Arts, The Hafler Trio, amongst many others.

Fernanda Lippi
Award-winning Brazil-born choreographer Fernanda Lippi, co-founder of Zikzira Physical Theatre, has produced critical- ly acclaimed work for film, stage and site-specific venues. Fer- nanda was awarded full scholarship and graduated from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. As a solo artist, she performed ‘Canvas’ at the Tate Modern.

Since 2001, Fernanda has choreographed all of Zikzira’s live pro- ductions and films which have been performed and exhibited to packed houses at festivals and cinemas in Brazil and in Eu- rope, such as The Riverside Studios, The Barbican, Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Teatro Akropolis (Italy). She has taught Dance for the Screen at The Place and London and InShadow (Lisbon).

Image courtesy of Maverick Motion