Moving with the Trouble
How long does mourning last?
How long are the dead allowed to haunt us?
Moving with the Trouble (22mins 50secs) is an award winning dance film that addresses themes of dispossession, loss, vulnerability, othering and care that chime with the global pandemic.
Developed from the legacy of I’ve Lost You Only To Discover That I Have Gone Missing and the testimonies of people affected by young onset dementia, this new dance film — supported by Surrey Arts and Dance 21 — confronts our dispossessions. It explores how we touch the alterity within, the dark matter, and invites audiences to move with us as we move with the trouble. Filmed on location at the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills deep in the Surrey Hills at the end of the third UK National lockdown, the film, and the feminist research that informs it, is a site-responsive work that grasps the social, political, and environmental inequalities of loss, voice, intimacy, vulnerability, destruction and care. In doing so, Moving with the Trouble tunes our attention to micro-activisms present in movement exchange as we show up to collective understandings of the re-territorialization of power and privilege in more-than-human ways. The film is been screened in dance/arts, public health and environmental justice forums. It is currently touring international film festivals and is available for remote and on-site screening.
Choreography & Direction
Neil Max Emmanuel
Aneta Zwierzynska, Maria Palliani, Rudzani Moleya, Takeshi Matsumoto, Luke Birch
Nancy May Roberts
Commissioners & Partners
Arts Council England, Surrey Arts, Dance21, Camberley Theatre, Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Alexandra Palace, Dementia Action Alliance, Merton Arts Space, Dementia Pathdfinders; University of Roehampton.
Digital screening premiere at Dutch Dance Days 2nd October
Keynote & screening at the European Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy 3 Oct
Keynote screening at Borrowed Time 31st October
Screened at PhEmaterialism 3rd Wave 17th November
Official selection at London New Wave Film Festival 2021
Semi-Finalist at San Franscisco Indie Shorts 2022
Official Selection at Toronto Indie Shorts 2022
Official Selection at Experimental Dance and Music Festival 2022
Semi Finalist at Dublin World Film Festival 2022
Gold Award Winner, Best Screendance at Independent Shorts Awards, Lost Angeles
Watch Audience feedback videos from Experimental Dance And Music Festival, Los Angeles, here
Audience reviews as they come in below.