Movie Review: SHAPING SCARS (UK) LGBT, Dance

Played at the June 2017 LGBT Toronto Film Festival

Directed by Zsolti Szabo

A dance journey about two girls who once loved each other, but while one is able to embrace herself openly (and therefore their relationship), the other is struggling to step into the light and shake off her demons.

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Review by Kierston Drier

This 7 minute UK experimental Dance piece is a gorgeous intimate dance piece set to a riveting and sparkling slam poem. Director Zsolti Szabo must be commended on the vision behind the work, for not only is a stunning visual dance performance, but film captures its intricacies and puts the performers talents under a microscope.

Two dancer go through the motions (both symbolically and literally) of a relationship gone wrong. Beautifully choreographed and light, a special nod must be given to the performers who engage in the incredibly intricate dance and the spoken word artist who performs the piece.

What sets this piece apart from the usual, is the camera work! The shots in this piece give the feeling that you are standing right beside the dancers. Turely, as much choreography was needed for the camera person as for the dancers themselves. If the film is the eye through which we see this art, then SHAPING SCARS invites you to join the dance.

The film itself has a deeper symbolic meaning as well. Our dancers are partners, but their love is not meant to be. Perhaps what is so touching about this piece is that underneath the vibrant poetics and stunning visuals is a message: that it is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. A film worth seeing, if for nothing else than that.


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