A contemporary ceremonial dance between performers and camera, 'Tracing a Vein' charts the journey of an individual through the cycle of life. The film combines live action and stop motion camera work, with choreograph...展开y influenced by Japanese Butoh dance. Drawing on a range of mythology and folklore, 'Tracing a Vein' attempts to re-appropriate the spiritual power of ancient performance; to rediscover the performer as priest, warrior and healer.
The title 'Tracing a Vein' presents the idea of going back to one's origins, and communion with oneís ancestors. Fire is used to symbolize destruction, purification, the untamable, and a conclusion, which nourishes a new beginning. Ancient ceremonial costumes are given a contemporary translation. Traditional materials like feathers and bark are replaced by common clothespins, making the body into a tactile tapestry.