Bright and Dark
Ten-year-olds Anna, Julius, Lea, and Céline perform together in the dance theatre piece “Minotaurus”; Lea describing it as “a symbol for being alone, and for rage”.Three of the children mob the fourth into the deepest loneliness. At home in the privacy of their rooms, these middle-class children feel great; although, things appear to be fine,they tell of fears and insecurity. They play with passion and simultaneously reflect on being un-free, and the imaginations of being grown-ups. The film links the children’s private lives and quiet portraits with sequences from the exciting “Minotaurus” production, for example the lighting of the play darkens as it progresses (Julius). Dance is sparsely interwoven as a black/white cipher for the turbulent relationships of the children, allowing it to be presented as a generally applicable metaphor about being a child, perfect for its audience of 6 and older.
Directed by: Andrea Simon, Fabio Stoll