Noah Slee releases dance-y short film
Berlin-based, New Zealand-raised artist Noah Slee released his debut album Otherland last year (listen). On November 20, the soul singer and producer released a visual EP/short film entitled “…and so, we move to Otherlands” with various dance vignettes.
Through a series of snippets loosely strung together, this short-film considers identity and the integration of a patchwork of selves that occurs as we move through Otherlands. Weaving together political, sexual and cultural strands, the pieces give voice to both the unique and shared aspects of struggle, healing and celebration; all told through the language of dance.
As the video unravels its ode to the LGBT Community and to Queer Tagata Pasifika, there’s a lingering sense of diaspora – feeling at once connected and confused, celebrated yet rejected. A subtle yet important nod towards post-colonial climates and constricting social and religious norms.
The video seeks to propel these narratives forward in a piece that also celebrates women, a stunning symbolic representation of Slee’s desire to use his voice to “give women a space at the forefront, not as victims but with power and glory.”
A description of this short film dubs it “an impressive example of collaboration”, and goes on to state, “It is a battle cry of support for those who suffer injustice and a mourning wail for violence perpetrated and loved ones lost. Not least, it is a testament to the transformative power of art. It seeks to remind the audience of the unity that can be found in music; the way that it can transcend class, race and more. Above all, as we move to Otherlands, it is a prayer of thanks to the healing remedy of dance.”
Watch the video here or below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uhck2WBAehU
Photo by @bln.jsebastian, courtesy of Noah Slee.