Bloodsongs, the film, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of an original work of modern dance. The choreographer recalls how recordings heard in childhood and the influence of an extraordinary mentor and teacher inspired her to translate music and dance from both Jewish and Arabic traditions into a new, contemporary creation. The viewer sees how the piece, Bloodsongs, developed as an interactive collaboration with dancers and musicians celebrating diversity of culture, gender, and community. The dance evokes ancestral memory and as well as contemporary concerns: same sex partnering, gender equality, and strong and tender roles for both male and female are among the topical issues that emerge in the work. The creation process pays off when the film concludes with the entire finished piece being performed live before a theater audience.
Directed by Christopher Sumpton (Canada)