A girl interacting with a shadow

Shadow Animals

“Together with the Gothenburg Opera Dance company we investigated social rituals, such as greeting, dinner, dancing and mating rituals. We picked them apart piece by piece and we used the pieces to build our own social rituals, that resembled the original ones but were slightly absurd.”

Dance and film share a lot of great qualities as art forms, they are both based on rhythm and movement. With “Shadow Animals” I wanted to create a film where dance and acting merge together, into one language. Together with the Gothenburg Opera Dance company we investigated social rituals, such as greeting, dinner, dancing and mating rituals. We picked them apart piece by piece and we used the pieces to build our own social rituals, that resembled the original ones but were slightly absurd. As if we saw them for the first time, not yet fully decoded but still eerily familiar.

Jerry Carlsson

This short film definitely gave off a weird and mysterious vibe at first glance. And after reading the interview with the director, it got me thinking more about how conventions that one group are accustomed to might actually seem alienating to another.