T H E S O U R C E
Idea & choreography: Gilda Stillbäck
Direction: Sofia Norlin & Gilda Stillbäck
Director of photography Adam Nilsson
Music composition Erika Vega
Costume designer Maria Tapper
Dancers Sandy Ceesay, Aloun Marchal, Matilda Larsson, Vincent Jonsson, Maria Pihl, Isac Hellman, Mpululu Ntuve, Melinda Jakobsson, Jasmine Attié
Director’s assistant Ali Quraishi
Choreography assistant Aloun Marchal
Costume assistant Matilda Tilly Madeon
1st assistant camera Mårten Nilsson
2nd assistant camera Matilda Wikingsson
Makeup artist Zhouying Dahlsjö
Logistics, administration, location manager Jennifer B. Karlsson
Produced by Vanessa Labanino/Possibilitas & Gilda Stillbäck
With the support from: Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, The City of Gothenburg, The Region of Östergötland,
Collaboration partners Ödeshög Municipally, Alvastra Krönikespel, Bygdegårdens Vandrarhem, Hästgårdens Bygdegård
The Source is an artistic research project on the meeting of dance art, film art and music. Our vision is to create a cinematic dance film - a poetic and meaningful fiction whose language is movement. Struggle, death, hope and rebirth are the themes we examine physically, rhythmically and visually with the aim of weaving together a story of survival and inheritance through generations.
The film is created and filmed at the ruins of the Alvastra monastery, a former Cistercian monastery founded in 1143 by French monks at Omberg in Ödeshög municipality. Through an organic and exploratory process, we develop choreography, directing, photography and dramaturgy on site.
For a timeless and epic feeling, we film in black and white,16 mm, with natural light. Inspired by Sven Nykvist, "the master of light", we look for images where movement, light and shadow add another poetic and spiritual dimension to our film. The Source is part of the 2022 Sven Nykvist Jubilee and will be premiered at the Bergmanweek summer 2022.
Gilda Stillbäck, 2022.