THEVARS is a contemporary dance theatre and film ensemble centred around the work of Canadian choreographer Gabreïl Spiegelschrift.

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five short movements
  • <p>five short movements 1993</p>
  • <p>five short movements 1993</p>
  • <p>five short movements 1993</p>

five short movements - 1993

a film by Justin Stephenson

The premiere collaboration between filmmaker Justin Stephenson and Gabreïl Spiegelschrift, this award winning short dancefilm ‘five short movements’ would establish an artistic partnership that continued with ‘nearly home’ (1994) and ‘Tabulæ Anatomicæ Sex’ (1995). The pair strived to find a balance in the genre that went beyond simple documentation and adaptation. Using improvisation techniques Gabreïl reinterpreted phrases from ’Young Man Intrigued by the Flight of a Non-Euclidean Fly’ (1992) and ‘Icarus:landed’ (1993) which Justin re-envision and reconstructed though multimedia and editing.


  • “...nihilistic...”
    more text

    Donna Lypchuk
    Dance Connection / February/March 1995

  • “a dance film addressing the issues of rhythm and space”
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    Festival of Independent Film and Video / 1994

technical details

  • director
    Justin Stephenson
  • producder
    Justin Stephenson
  • dance created and performed by
    Gabreïl Spiegelschrift
  • set
    Justin Stephenson
  • light
    Jeff Siberry
  • note
    beta sp; colour
  • thanks & dedications
    Toni Thompson, Emil Kolompar, Jeff Siberry, Debby Barrette, Brad Fortner
  • premiere
    1993-12-01 Toronto, Canada
  • duration
    5 mins.

photo Justin Stephenson

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