Off Ground (2013)

One space; two people: a man and woman. Two strands of consciousness and time become entwined. In the first, a mother and son are connected in a loving game. In the second, her body goes into decline and she is drawn off to the side, their hands slipping from one another’s. This film explores the boundaries between life and death, body and soul, and reality and imagination.

“My experience with Point Taken has been an inspiration in my film work. I’m now considering devoting a day of rehearsals with the actors exclusively to movement, and invite Jakop Ahlbom to join us. It’s possible to create tension between characters – desire, eroticism, disgust, etc – through just the movement of hand or chin, through timing, mirroring, distance; dance. Less talking, more feeling. It’s prompted me to work with my actors in a different way.”

Boudewijn Koole

Director Boudewijn Koole Choreography Jakop Ahlbom Scenario Boudewijn Koole & Jakop Ahlbom Dancers Louise Lecavalier, Antoine Masson Director of photography Melle van Essen Set design Joost de Boer Costume design Ellen Kromhout Composer Alex Simu Sound design & mix Mark Glynne Line Producer Jolanda Segers First assistant director Leonie Schouten First camera assistant Nina da Costa Gaffer Janneke Hogenboom Best boy Giel Born Data handler Malcolm Duregger Grip Eric van der Heide QTake Operator Bart Breugem Floor manager Bram Mengelers Musicians George Dumitriu – violin Magdalena Golebiowska – vocals Sjahin During – percussion Sound design, foley artist Pepijn Aben Sound design intern Eline Willemsen Catering Nicolet Montanus Insurance AON Risk Solutions Camera equipment Camera Rentals Light Equipment Singelfilm Equipment Grip equipment Rent-a-Grip Digital intermediate & colour grading Storm post production, Jack Kuiper, Joris van Seggelen Conforming & data management Roel Videler Colorist Xavi Santolaya Digital compositor Luuk Meijer, Marcel Da Costa Commissioning editor NTR Joost van Krieken Producer Jongens van de Wit (Iris Lammertsma, Boudewijn Koole).

Off Ground is supported by the Dutch Cultural Media Fund, the Performing Arts Fund NL and NTR in cooperation with Cinedans. © NTR 2013. All rights reserved.