Damselfly – a new film by Elizabeth Rose Arifien

Dance Films | 03 August 2023

Our friend Elizabeth Rose Arifien has created a beautiful new film for audiences to enjoy. Set in New Orleans, the film explores the theme of life cycles from the pain of loss to the joy of birth.

Damselfly – a new film by Elizabeth Rose Arifien

Life is fleeting…especially if you are a ‘Damselfly’ living only for a few brief moments as a free-flying adult. With the essence of grievance slippery and intangible, every loss is unique, and tells its own story.

This visual poem, set to ERAs fervent lyrics and gentle tones, whisks us away to a world that is transcendental. Where the sonic rhythms and dream-like visuals obscure notions of time and place. Two people navigate their way through a labyrinthine patchwork of emotions – before they part for one final time; staged upon a natural backdrop in New Orleans.

They jostle and contend against unseen forces, in an endeavour to let go, in this emotive performance choreographed and directed by the singer of this track- Elizabeth Rose Arifien.

We close the film in the environment from which we all begin: within the flowing tranquillity of water, as one surrenders back into the biorhythm.

Director’s Statement

Choreographer and Filmmaker Elizabeth Arifien directs a memorial of movement dedicated to one’s perpetually evolving life cycle, its enigmatic and transient beauty, amidst the mystery it enshrouds. Growing up in Derbyshire, in the north of England, Elizabeth has consistently explored the voices and subject matters of those left to the outskirts of society. Her films have represented a pursuit for truth, celebration of diversity and escapism. Through her desires to make the arts more accessible she unites communities and lets her movement speak boldly and profoundly where words often fall short.

Who's Who

Elizabeth Rose Arifien. A head and shoulders shot of a woman with long red hair wearing a white shirt

Elizabeth Rose Arifien

Elizabeth is the founder and artistic director of two social enterprises; Move Beyond Words, who amplify the voices of dyslexic artists through their podcasts, films and live performances. A subject matter close to Elzabeth’s heart due to her personal experiences with Dyslexia and ADHD.

She is the founder of Creative Dance London who facilitate transformation through creative dance sessions, using their unique facilitation methods as they envision a world that celebrates individuals for who they are. These sessions reach audiences across the globe and attendees have surpassed the online reach of 20,000 people. Elizabeth’s creative endeavours come from a place of curiosity and kindness.

Talks, workshops, choreographic, directorial and leadership skills have been seen in collaborations involving Nowness, Girls In Film, Ugly Duck studios, Tripspace, Yorkshire Dance, English National Ballet, City Lit, Royal Academy of Arts, East London Dance, the British Dyslexia Association, Royal Opera House, London College of Fashion, Cut and Run, CRC Records, Pirate Studios, Studio Wayne McGregor, Final Cut, Groundworks, Trinity Laban, V&A, Arts Council England and National Lottery.


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