Future Becomes Past, dance film (2018) is a solo about becoming, transforming from a contained being into a liberated self. This film was developed as an adaptation of a live dance piece of the same name which accesses themes of feminism, empowerment, and perseverance. The dancer begins tucked into a tiny horse stall in a 200-year old barn. Her body is covered in handwritten text (all anti-feminist quotes from the early 20th century to present day).
Historically the female body has been identified, marked, subjugated, and oppressed. By wiping away the words, experiencing the physical and emotional labor of undoing an inscribed body, navigating through various expressions of time and space, and interrogating the weight of words and the gravity of history, the dancer is finally empowered. She liberates herself from the confines of her environment towards a brave new world. She cultivates agency and ownership of herself. A piece for the Feminist Age.
Directed & Choreographed by Janessa Clark
Performed by Courtney Drasner
Cinematography by Kathleen Kelley
Music by Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano
Generous support for the world premiere of Future Becomes Past comes from the Swedish Arts Council/Konstnärsnämnden. The film was created in part through a 2018 DANCE NOW Silo Residency. All rights reserved.