Documentary Short | 9 min, 47 sec | 2014 | Canada | PREMIERE
SHOWTIME: 6:00PM – (All times are subject to change)
Any dancer will tell you dance has the power to heal. Watch what happens in the brain of a dancer with Parkinson’s Disease at Canada’s National Ballet School. Using CG animation combined with live action dance, this short documentary explores how the brain works and the restorative power of dance.
Director: Karen Suzuki
Karen Suzuki has produced and directed independent projects both documentary and dramatic. She has also coordinated more than 5 long form documentaries for broadcast as well as Breakout!, a series about youth activism for CBCkids. Her kung fu short Everybody Wing Chun Tonight has been screened at festivals across North America.
Before delving into film and television, Karen studied acting and directing at Ryerson Theatre School. After years performing in projects as diverse as Shakespeare and go-go dancing in a musical comedy troupe called The Washed-Up Blondes, Karen decided that she wanted to have more control over her creative endeavours. She is a self-taught filmmaker that believes you learn best by doing.
Karen’s primary focus is storytelling and she prefers to let the story tell her how it should be told, whether that is documentary, narrative, film, audio or theatre. As project manager for animation studio Electric Square Media she has learned about the specific production needs of animation and its’ workflow. This experience has allowed her to add animation and motion graphics to her tool kit. She loves to explore these various mediums through storytelling.
With Synapse Dance, Karen wanted to explore audio storytelling complimented by stunning visuals of Canada’s National Ballet School, the dancers she was fortunate to work with and 3D animation. She is thrilled to have worked with tremendously talented and generous people on this project and is very grateful for the support of BravoFACTUAL.