PEARLS are the equal winningfilms of POOL - INTERNATIONALES TanzFilmFestival BERLIN.

With the PEARLS ARTIST PRIZE POOL honors for the fourth time outstanding artists in the field of dance film.
This year the creative director's duo holytropic (Shiran Eliaserov and Johan Planefeldt) will receive the PEARLS ARTISTS PRIZE for their continious work combining dance and film.

PEARLS sind die gleichberechtigten Gewinnerfilme von POOL.

Zum vierten Mal vergeben wir in diesem Jahr den PEARLS ARTIST PRIZE, einen Künstlerpreis, und zeichnen das Künstlerduo Shiran Eliaserov und Johan Planefeldt aus. Gemeinsam produzieren sie unter dem Label holytropic kontinulierlich Arbeiten an der Schnittstelle zwischen Tanz und Film.



PEARL 07.09.2019

Jill Crovisier

Taiwan 2018, 00:03:13


NILYNDA, Andy Lin in reverse, is a short dance film about gender identifcation. As humans, we are constantly confronted ofbeing categorized and stereotyped. Many factors play an importance when it comes to identity. In this film, you see the beautyand strength of a young man who tries to find his place in a world of 7 billion humans.

#Director: Jill Crovisier
#Country of Production: Taiwan
#Year of Production: 2018
#Duration: 00:03:13
#Choreography: Jill Crovisier, Andy Lin
#Dancers / Actors: Andy Lin
#Camera: Jill Crovisier
#Editing: Jill Crovisier
#Sound: Tiago Benzinho
#Music: Tiago Benzinho


PEARL 07.09.2019

Maja Zimmerlin, Thomas Delord, ODOS Productions

Greece 2018, 00:04:03

Anasa POOL 19

Inside or outside.
A connection through matter and its dissolution.
The earth, the stone, the sand, the sea.Bodies.
Dry Flowers pushing out from the sand.
Filled bodies, unstoppable.
Earth bodies, floating inside or outside.

#Title: Anasa
#Director: Maja Zimmerlin, Thomas Delord, ODOS Productions
#Country of Production: Greece
#Year of Production: 2018
#Duration: 00:04:03
#Choreography: Maja Zimmerlin
#Dancers / Actors: Aurore Allo, Antonio Terrones, Kritonas Anastasopoulos, Lito Anastasopoulou, Zoé Leduc
#Camera: Thomas Delord
#Editing: Thomas Delord
#Sound: Maja Zimmerlin, Thomas Delord
#Music: Maja Zimmerlin, Thomas Delord
#Webpage of the Artist:

Salt Water

PEARL 07.09.2019

Abe Abraham

USA 2017, 00:05:57

Salt Water explores the contrast between the force of natural events and our own need and desire for stability.

#Title: Salt Water
#Director: Abe Abraham
#Country of Production: USA
#Year of Production: 2017
#Duration: 00:05:57
#Choreography: Abe Abraham
#Dancers / Actors: Daniel White, Izablea Szylinska, Angel Kay, Caitlin Abraham, Jake Warren
#Camera: Franke DeMarco
#Editing: Abe Abraham
#Sound: JT Bullitt

The Shadow Drone Project

PEARL 07.09.2019

Charles Linehan

United Kingdom, Lithuania 2018, 00:09:45

The Shadow Drone Project began as a collaboration between choreographer Charles Linehan and Lithuanian aerialphotographer Karolis Janulis, filming planned and unplanned events in civic and natural environments from an unmanned aerial vehicle.
Shot in morning or late afternoon sunshine, the aerial viewpoint offers a unique cinematic perspective of dynamic patterning, where shadows of people and objects are sometimes revealed to be more present than their actual form.
The film also deliberately identifies with the same viewpoint as surveillance techniques that cross legal and national borders, occupying the same downward gaze, but here set apart from its violent and military context.

Director Statement

Shot in England, central Europe, and China during a two-year period the film can be seen as presenting a series of tensions or oppositional couples.
An impression of ambiguity is created as to the extent or limit of the choreographic organisation, posing the question of where the boundary lies between the organised and the non-organised. The impression created is of a ubiquity of the choreographic; the sense that all of the depicted elements are somehow subject to deliberate organisation, even the non-human kinetic material, like the flocking of birds, or the patterning in water.
The film occupies the same space that is shared with globalised militarisation and surveillance – crossing both legal and national borders but in a non-violent and non-military context.

„I see dance and film making as a deeply personal, gestural and life-affirming act“.
Charles Linehan

#Title: The Shadow Drone Project
#Director: Charles Linehan
#Country of Production: United Kingdom, Lithuania
#Year of Production: 2018
#Duration: 00:09:45
#Choreography: Charles Linehan
#Camera: Charles Linehan, Karolis Janulis
#Sound: J.Clark

Mars & Venus, phases d’opposition

PEARL 07.09.2019

Julien Audebert

France 2016, 00:10:16


MARS & VENUS opposition phases, is an unique sequence-shot about celestial mechanics, the machinery of cinema anddance. It is a sound film about appearances and reality, an experience about the place of the viewer.Beyond the geometric and scientific project basis, the film develops a tension between the relentless astronomicalmeasurement, and the body of a dancer. The body and the machinery (incarnation of the celestial mechanics) are caught in adialectical relationship of agreement and struggle.

The film is a unique sequence-shot picturing the encounter between astronomy, dance and the mytholigical theme of Venus and Mars. Venus is embodied by the prima ballerina of the Opera in Paris, Alice Renavand. Mars on the other hand is the cameraitself.The film replicates the actual orbits of the two planets then scaled down to the human body. The transposition of their revolving speed and path was calculated in collaboration with the Paris Observatory astronomers.
Both ‘actors’, camera and dancer, move around space as their trajectory and own time periods dictate. Mars follows a circlingand infinite movement on an outside rail track 10 meters in diameter, as Venus move along a smaller inner circle only 4.73 meters across which is slightly stilted. Mars gazes towards the centre, thus in the direction of Venus.
The camera is remote-controlled by a automatic HF system for it to move at a perfectly regular speed. The concept engineer specifically designed a programme intended for such a filming system. Venus / dancer evolving at a faster pace hence mapping her moves on a rhythm which corresponds to the sound division of hertime period ( guided by floor marks) thus allowing her to follow her own cadence. Beyond the relationship between these twoastral bodies, the film shows an astronomical phenomenon never before witnessed at the cinema: the planets’ opposition phaseand Venus devolution that is to say the relativity of movement … placing us in the situation of a «spectator astronomer».

#Title: Mars & Venus, phases d'opposition
#Director: Julien Audebert
#Country of Production: France
#Year of Production: 2016
#Duration: 00:10:16
#Choreography: Alice Renavand, Alexandre Gasse, Julien Audebert
#Dancers / Actors: Alice Renavand
#Camera: Alexandre Parouty
PEARLS ARTIST PRIZE Shiran Eliaserov and Johan Planefeldt



Johan Planefeldt

Germany 2019, 00:02:20

Bandaloop POOL 19

Two dancers possessed by the Bandaloop.

#Title: Bandaloop
#Director: Johan Planefeldt
#Production: HOLYTROPIC, Rita Couto
#Country of Production: Germany
#Year of Production: 2019
#Duration: 00:02:20
#Choreography: Johan Planefeldt, Shiran Eliaserov, Ardian Hartono, Kyoko Takenaka
#Dancers / Actors: Ardian Hartono, Kyoko Takenaka
#Camera: Johan Planefeldt
#Editing: Johan Planefeldt, Shiran Eliaserov
#Music: Forest Swords



Shiran Eliaserov

Germany 2016, 00:05:24

Icarus POOL 18, Shiran Eliaserov

#Title: Icarus
#Director: Shiran Eliaserov
#Production: Holytropic, Jake Sherman
#Country of Production: Germany
#Year of Production: 2016
#Duration: 00:05:24
#Choreography: Shiran Eliaserov
#Camera: Johan Planefeldt
#Editing: Shiran Eliaserov
#Music: "Icarus" written by Lily Henley, produced by Jake Sherman

rotten cats

PEARL 15.09.2018, ARTIST PRIZE 19

Johan Planefeldt

Germany 2014/ 2018, 00:07:20

Rotten Cats, Johan Planfeldt, POOL 18

A girl, abandoned by her cat, is wallowing in her unhappy childhood.

#Title: rotten cats
#Director: Johan Planefeldt
#Country of Production: Germany
#Year of Production: 2014/ 2018
#Duration: 00:07:20
#Choreography: Johan Planefeldt
#Dancers / Actors: Szcs Dóra Ida
#Camera: Johan Planefeldt
#Editing: Johan Planefeldt
#Music: Chikara Aoshima
#Signature: Johan Planefeldt