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The-Artery Breaks 'Boundaries' with Ultra-Modern, Single-Take Dance Video

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Uri Schutzer directs film symbolising the desire to break free of the new boundaries created around us in the last year

The-Artery Breaks 'Boundaries' with Ultra-Modern, Single-Take Dance Video

Creative company The-Artery has collaborated with internationally-acclaimed choreographer Avihai Haham and award-winning composer and musician Tomer Biran to create a visionary, ultra-modern dance film entitled 'Boundaries'.

Directed by The-Artery’s Uri Schutzer, who also helmed the first-ever Super Bowl campaign for e-commerce company Mercari, the dance video symbolises the common longing in everyone from the past year: the desire to break free of the new boundaries created around us. By shooting in one continuous take, Schutzer emphasizes the strong emotions behind Haham’s stellar choreography. 

“Editing is an amazing tool to control the emotions in films,” Schutzer says. “You can always manipulate the raw materials and mix takes to try to get to perfection, but in this work, we wanted the imperfection, so that’s where the continuous take came in.”

Haham agrees: “Following the dancers with no cuts let us better represent the escalation of their desire to break the limitations.”

In addition to the choreography and continuous takes, Schutzer used other abstract elements like a CGI ball of black liquid to further convey the message of the piece. He explains: “Liquid can spread everywhere with no specific shape. It’s fluid and free until you build borders around it, and then it conforms to the shape of its container. Like an energetic person locked in their home, the liquid in the video is trying to escape and be free from its limitations.”

The production itself faced the restrictions of shooting during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they were able to execute their vision in accordance with the most up-to-date health guidelines. In fact, Haham even taught many of the dancers the incredibly complex choreography over Zoom. 

Despite the challenges, the video beautifully visualizes Haham’s intricate, internationally-acclaimed choreography. A three-time winner of the Israeli Choreography Prize, Haham boasts an impressive artistic resume, including choreographing and directing “Frida” for the Habima National Theatre of Israel as well as the musical version of Legally Blonde in Tel Aviv.

Schutzer, Haham, and Biran have been friends and colleagues for many years, and they were thrilled to have an opportunity to collaborate on this piece together. Biran comments, “We have wanted to create something artistic together for such a long time. It was a great experience to not follow our original titles and make all the creative decisions together.”

The-Artery founder and executive creative director Vico Sharabani believes this project reflects the creative company’s expanding offerings, saying, “It’s a rare moment in history to recognize that everyone everywhere around the world is feeling that desire to break free. The-Artery’s growing production capabilities allowed us to release some of that tension with energetic pixels.”

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Director: Uri Schutzer

Choreographer: Avihai Haham

Music By: Tomer Biran

DOP: Alon Lutski

Production, Edit, VFX, Color: The-Artery

ECD: Vico Sharabani

EP: Deborah Sullivan

Producer: Lechay Bekerman

VFX Artists: Asaf Yeger, Dave Stewart, Jacob Williams

Color Grading: Vico Sharabani

Production Coordinator: Thurman Martin

Casting & Rehearsal Director: Tamar Ilnai

Dancers: Dor Papirov, Eden Shama, Ehud Tourgeman, Mika Cohen, Mor Nusem, Ofek Shoval, Shai Mizrahi, Yakir Elisha, Yasmin Gandis, Yuval Lamay

Art Director: Hai Dorany

Stylist and Designer: Sivan Himy

Wardrobe Designer: Dror Geva

Make-up Artist: Ronelle Goshen

Hair Stylist: Emmanuel Tsion

Gaffer: Fatian Ibrahim

Focus Puller: Yoav Shani

DP Assistant: Sefi Nahmani

Gaffer Assistant Afek Eyal

Production Assistant: Yoav Abramovitz

Art Assistant: Gil Eldor

Recording Engineer: Jonathan Sror

Stills: Or Danon

Camera Equipment: Fitussi (Camera Service Rental House)

Location: Kelim Center

Catering: Hamosava

Thanks: Idan Bardah, Urban Dance Studio, Studio Balance, Studio B U

Genres: Choreography, In-camera effects

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

The-Artery, Mon, 08 Mar 2021 11:46:59 GMT