It was a pleasure and an honor to be part of Performance Mix Festivals #31 (Infinite Corridor) and #36 (Meeting the Moai: Head Over Heels.) In both instances, the artists were made to feel welcomed and truly celebrated for their work, as reflected by attention to publicity, technical needs, and convivial gatherings. This festival truly practices diversity, equity, and inclusion, as manifested in their roster of performing artists each year. Big thanks to New Dance Alliance, Karen Bernard, and the entire Performance Mix Festival team who make it such a fulfilling and joyful experience for artists and audiences alike.
Multidisciplinary artist Béatriz Mediavilla was born in 1972, in Rouyn-Noranda, where she still lives today, her parents having left Francoist Spain more than fifty years ago. Holder of a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in film studies, she teaches cinema at the Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Alongside her teaching, Ms. Mediavilla has produced other works, including the multidisciplinary collective work Ce il en reste: dialogue artisitque sur la mort (2009). She has published Des Espagnols à Palmarolle in Nouvelles explorations (2010) and Contes, légendes et récits de Abitibi-Témiscamingue (2011), and she has also published Entre les heures in Rouyn-Noranda Littéraire (2013). Dance with them, his first feature documentary was hailed and presented at numerous festivals such as Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver, but also in Havana and New York. According to Movement, a Story in Ten Chapters also had a great festival life in Canada, Scotland, France, Mexico and the United States where it won Best Dance Documentary at the Fine Art Film Festival in California and at the Utah Dance Film Festival. This film also won the prize for the best Canadian work at the Festival International du Film sur l’Art de Montréal and allowed Béatriz Mediavilla to receive the Découverte prize at the most recent Prix de la danse de Montréal. More recently, she has integrated remote communication tools in her latest short film, Still Feel You With Me, filmed with participants from England, the United States and Canada simultaneously. She has just finished Axiomata, a dance film exploiting Newton’s universal laws of motion. She choreographed in situ with non-dancers the three laws that are universal, regardless of our origins and what our bodies represent. It is selected in festivals in Canada and the United States, but also in India, Poland, Germany and France in particular. She is also the recipient of the Calq Artist of the Year award for Abitibi-Témiscamingue. She is currently working on her next self-censorship project: Le Souffle Effacé.
According to movement, a story in ten chapters (chapter 2) (Cinédanse film) Multidisciplinary artist Béatriz Mediavilla merges dance movement and film movement so that the audience can feel with their own bodies the gravity and motion as if they were dancing in a film too. Chapter 2 of her award-winning documentary, According to movement, a story in ten chapters, will open the festival.