Heaven is a Place

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Heaven is a Place, a dance film directed by Kayla Parker and filmed by Stuart Moore is now moving into its post production stage.

Year of release: 2014
Original format: HD video
Running time: 16 minutes
Screening format: Blu-ray and DVD
Choreographer: Ruth Way
Assisted by: Claire Summers
Director: Kayla Parker
Executive producer: Roberta Mock
Screenplay: Roberta Mock, Kayla Parker, Ruth Way
Cinematographer: Stuart Moore
Additional camera: Siobhán Mckeown
Production manager: Beth Richards
Editor: Siobhán Mckeown
Post production: Stuart Moore
Composer: Russell Frampton
Production: Sundog Media
Made in partnership with
Pride in Plymouth
Funded by: The Culture Programme of the European Union, and The Humanities, Music and Performing Arts Research Centre (HuMPA) at Plymouth University
Additional grant funding: The ICCI Support Fund, Innovation for the Creative and Cultural Industries with Plymouth University
Distribution and sales: Sundog Media

A port is neither land nor sea; it is a landscape suspended, janus-faced, vertiginous. Inspired by the writing of Jean Genet, this dance film explores becoming, melancholy, and the erotics of place through the human geography of ports and portals. Through the integration of a range of movement based practices, emergent professional performers and members of Plymouth's LGBTQ community collaborate in the making of Heaven is a Place.

Production notes
Heaven is a Place is the title of the dance film created for the Plymouth strand of the
Heaven on Earth? project, which took place from September 2013 to July 2014. Funded by a EU Culture Programme grant, the Heaven On Earth? project involves cultural organisations and artists from Greece, Spain, Turkey, France, and Italy, as well as Plymouth. Heaven on Earth? focuses on human relationships in dock/port cities, in order to promote trans-European understanding, diversity and research and skills development in the performing arts. The Heaven on Earth? project is co-organised by Roberta Mock, Kayla Parker and Ruth Way, and administered by World-Cef Inc. (Greece), with the principal organiser Odysseia theatre company in Greece, LaMov theatre company in Spain, and Symia dance company in Turkey. Associate artists and companies from France and Italy are also involved.

International Federation of Theatre Research World Congress (IFTR) Warwick University, Coventry, UK (27 July - 1 August 2014)
The Jean Genie. Why Jean Genet Matters. In Plymouth (And Other Places). Right Now an afternoon of conversations, Plymouth Arts Centre Cinema, Plymouth, UK (UK premiere, 29 June 2014)
The Road to Heaven is Under Construction forum, Pireus, Athens, Greece (preview screening, 6 June 2014)

kayla_parker_heaven-laura_shore_store_14-04-10Images: Adam Whiting, Catarina Lau, Erik Koky at Firestone Bay, Devil’s Point (film still, Stuart Moore); Laura Murphy at The Shore Store, Laira (production still, Kayla Parker)