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One Two
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One Two

Christian Bakalov
Bulgaria
2023
50 min
International Premiere
IDFA on Stage, IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction, IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
Synopsis

It can be frightening to be plunged into a darkness inhabited by suspected but unseen and unpredictable dangers. Darkness, however, can also be calming, as it offers a complete break from visual stimulation. This heightens the senses of hearing and touch, and you can feel a different and deeper connection with your surroundings.

One Two is an immersive performance that explores both these emotions. As one of the participants, you enter a totally darkened space in which five dancers interact with you and each other. Wearing night vision goggles means you can see the performers, spy on them, crawl closer to them—or move away from them.

The dancers practice holotropic breathing throughout, putting them into an altered state of consciousness. In this focused trance, they perform a choreography that coalesces all stages of human togetherness: the search for connection, the struggle for power, seduction and attraction, weariness of one another, the inevitable end, and the collective resurgence. Like some prehistoric version of cinema, this ritual needs no more than smoke, rhythm and sound—and just a little light at the end.

Please note this performance will be in the dark, with night vision cameras for viewing that will also be recording.

One Two is co-presented by IDFA and Flemish Cultural Center De Brakke Grond.

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Credits
50 min
black and white
cross-platform
Spoken languages: No dialogue
Director
    Christian Bakalov
    Christian Bakalov
Production
    European Center for Immersive Performative Art - ECIPA,
    ArtEast Foundation
    European Center for Immersive Performative Art - ECIPA,
    ArtEast Foundation
Co-production
    Toplocentrala - Center for Contemporary Arts,
    The National Culture Fund of Bulgaria
    Toplocentrala - Center for Contemporary Arts,
    The National Culture Fund of Bulgaria
Music
    Tsvetan Momchilov,
    Christian Bakalov
    Tsvetan Momchilov,
    Christian Bakalov
Narrator
    Nikolay Barzakov,
    Demir Berisha,
    Aleksander Gochev,
    Daniel Denev,
    Mario Tomchev
    Nikolay Barzakov,
    Demir Berisha,
    Aleksander Gochev,
    Daniel Denev,
    Mario Tomchev
Screening copy
    Milena Dimitrova
    Milena Dimitrova

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