Akasha is a Sanskrit word for “aether”, said to embody the four elements of earth, air, fire and water.
Akasha is also an animated film that uses aerial and dance to explore one woman’s connection to the elements. A collaboration with director/animator Evan DeRushie, the film uses a form of rotoscope animation called “Lunamation”.
Beginning with a narrative traveling through each element, we shot the scenes live using silks, harness, wall and floor along with various props to help guide the animation. This was then edited together and each frame was printed out on paper. Using carbon paper, lightboxes, crayons, pastels, pencil and watercolour, a group of amateur animators traced each frame in his/her own style. The result is a delightful blend of chaotic style and flowing movement that reflects the truly sublime quality of the natural elements.
Commissioned by TAIS, the film made its debut as part of Nuit Blanche 2011. It has since been screened at LOIKKA Dance Film Festival 2012 (Finland), TAIS Showcase 2012 and Dance Ontario Showcase 2012.
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