Film: The Ballet of the Nations (2018) Cert PG
Performed on 21 February, 2019
This 50-minute film, narrated by Billy Zane, was inspired by the 1915 pacifist satire, The Ballet of the Nations, written by Vernon Lee and illustrated by Maxwell Armfield as a response to World War One. Impermanence’s film incorporates original dialogue and a narrative of intricate stylised dance pieces inspired by Lee’s text which imagines war as a diabolical dance choreographed by Satan and Death. The dance descends into a massacre, locking the nations of the world into an endless cycle of slaughter and mutilation.
Director: Roseanna Anderson & Joshua Bentovim