Take one glamorous and aging dancer. Trap her in the real world. Smash into her private reality. Control her movement, contain her emotion. Well, you can try but she has already beaten you to it. With hyper-sound and super smart awareness, submit to this bizarre journey of entrapment.
Motion Control was made for BBC/Arts Council Dance for Camera Award 2000/2001 by liz aggiss, Billy Cowie and David Anderson. Motion Control (8mins 30’) examines the synergy and dynamic partnership between camera and performer. Shot on 35mm, it explores from the camera POV, a bizarre journey of entrapment and is notable for hyper-sound Foley overlaid with text and electro-opera.
Motion Control features on Take 7 distributed by south East Dance and Forward Motion The British Council Leading British Screen Dance www.britishcouncil.org/forwardmotion
A superb abstraction and exploration of qualities at the heart of Cowie and Aggiss’ work
Tanzfilm – Ballet International
The electric movements of the dancer and choreographer liz aggiss converted into a true audio-visual feast of widely ranging emotions. A superb cinematic experiment that starts out from the conventions of video-dance but manages to go beyond them through an intelligent use of editing, colour, sound and music.
Sitges International Festival
Motion Control is a stunner
The Globe and Mail Toronto
2003 - Best Female Film Mediawaves, Hungary
2003 - Special Jury Golden Award World FilmFest, Houston
2002 - Czech Crystal Golden Prague Television Awards
2002 - Honourable Mention Paula Citron Award Toront
2010:Italy 2010 – Bassano, Ravenna, Bari, Ancona and Napoli
2009 Loikka Festival Helsinki Finland, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Forward Motion British Council to Singapore, Cinema Salut, Ekaterinburg Festival, Urals Russia
2008 Konsthall Vaxjo Sweden, Oaxaca Mexica
2007 ArteTV, Copenhagen, Tulsa Oklahoma
2005/6 Best of 15 years of Mediawaves Hungary Shoot! Festival Gothenburg, Moderndans Theatern Stockholm, Kinodance St Petersburg, Live Screen Lilian Baylis London
2004 Salt Lake City, Bern Bewegte Tanzbilder, Visions du Temps Zurich, Homo Novus Riga Lativa, Framed Festival Oporto Portugal, Canada tour: Durham and Tom Thomson Art Galleries, British Council tour: Macedonia, Korea, Tunisia, Taiwan, Thailand, Rio de Janeiro.
2003 DFA New York, Constellation Screen Change London, Shorts! Amsterdam, Kinodance St Petersburg & Moscow , 36th World FilmFest Houston USA, Mediawaves Hungary, British Independent Film Festival Berlin, British Council UK Film at the 56th Cannes, Moviementofilmfest Germany, International Short Films Munich, Conversations at the Edge Festival Chicago, Take 7 UK Tour by South East Dance.
2001/2 Ultima Festival of Music and Dance Oslo Norway 10th Archipelago Festival Rome, TTV Rimini & Naples Film Festival Italy, Videodance Athens & Thessaloniki, Sitges International Film Festival Spain, LA Shorts USA, Toronto Moving Pictures, IMZ Monaco.