- Docutainment, Culture, Arts, Music, and Society
When Beethoven wrote his final symphony, he broke all the barriers. Today, artists from 21 cultures break new barriers, choreographing their traditional dance movement to his Ninth Symphony, the Ode to Joy. Performing in natural and historical settings, the dancers convey in movement what the composer conveyed in music and song. This is a sensory journey. We are transported to another realm. Not only around the world, but the journey leads inward, to the very essence of what it is to be human, and how we connect to each other.
- Show treatment
Using Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as both score and script, filmmakers searched the world for dancers steeped in their respective cultural tradition, inviting them to choreograph to this music. Extensive communication and collaboration took place, over many months. The performers were chosen, based not only on their respective dance tradition, but also, on a shared worldview of honor and respect for all people. A small core crew then traveled the world, filming the various dancers in stunning natural locations, or venues of cultural significance. Local crew members joined in each location, ensuring authentic and respectful treatment of both people and places. Director Lan Tsubata, herself a dancer and choreographer, conveyed the beauty of the movement for the camera, using dance as the shared "language" on set. Director of Photography Henrik Meyer, and camera/drone operator Yousuke Kiname, brought extensive international experience to capture the footage of both dance and scenery. Producer Kate Tsubata engaged participants as valued co-creators, building ownership of the message. The cultures represented span the entire world, and range from indigenous to classical to transplanted dance traditions--including the deaf culture, in tribute to Beethoven's own deafness. The film lets the audience experience the music, dance, and sights without narration or interruption. As the symphony progresses, the seemingly disparate cultures morph from exotic to familiar, and finally, to intimate. It becomes a joyous celebration. All the elements--sound, sight and movement--combine. Beethoven's message is shared anew; all mankind are created for joy, linked as brothers, embraced and beloved by a divine source. In Beethoven's timeless message, and the artistry of multiple cultures, a fresh view of our world emerges.
- Running time
- 77 minutes
- Kate Tsubata ... Producer
- Lan T. Lee ... Director
- Henrik A Meyer ... Director of Photography
- Yousuke Kiname ... Camera Operator, Drone Pilot
- Mie Smith ... Editor
- Anastasia Shepherd ... Colorist
- Kazuo Tsubata ... Executive Producer
- Prod. Co.
- Family Wave Productions
- United States
- Years of Production
- USA, Fiji, Nepal, Botswana, Greece, Northern Ireland, Oneida nation, Korea, Hawai'i, Indonesia, (Cities: Washington, D.C., Elkins, WV, Chicago, IL, Salt Lake City, UT, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Wisconsin)
- Release year
- Entering now.
- Main: English, German, American Sign Language Dance
- Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Nepali
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