A dance film shot in Birmingham.

Three dancers and three elements, the city, breath and water. Classically dressed with a twist in African fabric covered tutus, three female dancers walk across water to a backdrop of city sounds.

Each dancer performs a focussed solo, cut together, breath exaggerated, each movement precise and accompanied by the sound of water splashes.

Simple, intense, technical, yet atmospheric. A poem of dance responding to the beauty and harshness of the city.

City-Breath-Water is a new direction for me as a director. My work in film has either been as choreographer to musicals (Sunshine on Leith, Commonwealth Handover ceremony 2018) or direct filmed versions of my stage work.

I was mentored by the late film director Anthony Minghella, and always wanted to experiment further with the form of dance, and its sense of atmosphere and visual purity on screen.


Director/Choreographer: Rosie Kay
Producer: James Preston

Dancers: Shanelle Clemenson, Harriet Ellis, Carina Howard
Director of Photography: John Bradburn & Louis Price
Editor, Sound Designer: Louis Price
Costumes: Sasha Keir
Location Sound: Luke Hassan

Funded by Arts Council England
Thanks to Birmigham City Council

Premiered: Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, May 2020