Absent Instincts

Although we are nature we often forget it. Due to modern living we do not use some of our instincts on an everyday basis, resulting in ‘absent instincts’.
In Absent Instincts director and choreographer Selma Daniel and her dancers/collaborators looked at the questions; what does contact with nature mean to you?, how far is modern living taking us from our essence?, do we really need so much external intervention to carry out tasks that have been done by mankind for millenaries?
For instance, a strong example of disconnection with our own bodies and nature is the increased culture of women who do not believe in their ability while giving birth. Obstetric myths have created a culture of fear and disbelief in women, making women hand the hospital their empowered gift of birthing a baby.
In Absent Instincts Selma Daniel shows the poetic investigation of diving into your own essence, disconnection from people and nature and finding harmony.


Devise & Choreography:
Selma Daniel

Photography Director:
Devi Anna

Original Music:
Robson Rocha

Aliina Lindroos
Katia Pagni
Verbena Cartaxo
Selma Daniel

Director of Photography
Devi Anna

Camera Assistents:
Peter Gibney
Paul Cronin

Still Image:
Karen Stain

Absent Instincts was made with through the support of Dance Ireland Residency program and Brazilian Embassy Dublin.

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