Produced by musician Liz Knowles, the sound of circles is a podcast series of “circular” reflections, gestures, sounds, and landscapes explored through the migration dance film project. These sonic maps spiral up through music, movement and filmmaking — weaving together Liz’s reflections on the films and her conversations with choreographer Sandy Silva and director Marlene Millar. In each episode, we present these resonances of circular motion — a journey of emergence.
music/sound design — excerpts of fiddle sounds, fiddle music and ambient sounds by Liz Knowles.
migration dance films — audio excerpts provided with permission by Migration Dance Film Productions.
audio post-production — Les Studios Bakery
Together, hush standing, seaward facing with palms inward yet expectant, they are the paths to the corrosion, cleaves that each rhythm maker has come to heal in an act of unity.
Dance the union of the winds.
The spray has soft hooks: the ocean - the muscles an element of deep dark and cliffs mocking the innocents light.
Nothing of rock determines ways, only the roof of clouds dreamt in the run can choke the reality of their journey.
Dance the touch of water.
In the gloom the chaos unravels, and the dark speaks: Listen to the dark
the voices of ancestors whisper up
The weaves of crevice are mouths to pasts, the arteries to our tomorrows. Dance the union of ancestor to the unborn.
Is the horizon waiting? We will know soon enough.
Dance the distance – close the mystery. Jim Mackintosh
In movement, in genuflection of curved air they remember the bodies of children, closed eyes lit by notes of lost song
curved silent reflection curve again -
into vaulted space, shadows dance across trappings of failed religions, question bleached impressions of icons - remnants of a first forgiveness, a last confession, the second and last coming defined in
turned tone genuflection turn again -
into the morning where ash road patterns pass windmills brooding, like vacant crosses on the Appian Way but they dance forward through a sea of corn, centurion stalk-spears threatening, questioning
where do you take your rhythms? which of you is the leader? what truths do you hope to find?
The sun with all its power to gift life, deny days or quicken death, blesses motion repeated by the dancers, arouses the grain husk wind to lift dust to camouflage their hearts.
Keepers of movement - be our futures, remember us, embrace our past of
danced rhythmic inquisition dance again -
at the rise of the moon to guide feet on journeys deemed impossible in sun’s glare where rhythm must be light for footsteps, in darkness to outline gestures, the fusion of phosphorous and vaulted moon.
Dancers understand steps they choose, know where paths will take them, to where journeys demand breath, poise,
& silent space at its solemn velvet edge, to where feet stop memories dissolving one by one, eyes open, finding lost song, turning our pasts, one by one
turn again dancers & return to the path
for in tomorrow’s trinity, silent reflection, tone genuflection, rhythmic inquisition will return in movement again Jim Mackintosh
“For its judicious use of space, its uplifting sound composition, and its breathtaking images, and for the director’s generous sharing through extraordinary attention to detail, the student jury awards the prize for Best Canadian Short Film Award to Marlene Millar and Sandy Silva’s film Navigation.”
Best Canadian Short Film Award – Festival International du film sur l’art – Montreal 2021
It is with great appreciation for the overall production that we would like to present an Honorable Mention to NAVIGATION by Marlene Millar and Sandy Silva. Strikingly kinesthetic and rich in sound and image, the film portrays a strong sense of community, history and cultural heritage. The production beautifully presents a symbiotic relationship of choreography, landscape and music. It lingers in the memory long after the final scene, and is a poetic reflection on the past combined with hope for the future.
Honorable Mention, Short Waves Festival – Poznan, Poland 2021
“…[navigation ]…manages to convey a strong message about humanity, which is reflected in the way bodies, sound, camera and location are used. It emphasizes, generously, how different generations evolve side by side and the different ways of living together while finding each’s voice.”
Best Film Award – Bucharest International Dance Film Festival, Romania, 2020
As Navigation progresses from the cracked pavement of glacial-era limestone (overhead shots make the patterns on the rock look like something created by an ancient civilisation), through tracks and lanes, the repeated rhythms of the music and vocals are superbly echoed in the gesture-driven choreography that is precise and surprisingly full of emotion. It ends on a beach, and with shots of dark cliffs and grey waves. The message needs no elucidation.
David Mead, Seeing Dance
lay me low
“An extremely well-crafted film that speaks to the viewer on many sensorial levels. Floating outside of a specific time or history the film addresses in a powerfully original way universal themes of grief and the power of communal ritual. An intensely moving film that resonates with what it means to be alive”.
Charlotte Ginsborg – filmmaker, jury WOFFF21 (Women Over Fifty Film Festival, UK)
With the use of mixed generations and pedestrian movement, the films from the series resonate deeply with all audiences, creating an inclusive experience that seamlessly weaves music, dance, and filmmaking into one.
Greta Schoenberg, San Francisco Dance Film Festival
The visual lyricism of these films is simply stunning. They are stunning for their simplicity and their resonance. These sounds and images linger gently in the imagination and make a home there as most welcome guests.
Ev Mann, Center for Creative Education, New York