In this split-screen video, home is referred as an extension of self, neither determined nor limited by time or space but embodied by the movements of the dancer. The dual screen accentuates the need to reveal an alternative reading to that of the polarity of the dichotomies present/ absent and leaving/ staying, allowing for simultaneous realities or points of view. Experienced in a liminal space, home represents what is close to oneself, the rest vanishes with the transient locomotor. The work bares associations of the multi-layered feeling of being uprooted, having lost the inner feeling of belonging and being settled, causing an everlasting memory of the sensation of loss. From the moment of leaving the geographical home, the identity of the migrant transforms from being native to a stranger, balancing a mobile identity between cultures, codes, and norms of new places.
Filmed in San Marcos, TX, USA, 2014.
Directors: Ana Baer & Heike Salzer
Dance: by Heike Salzer
Camera: Ana Baer
Editing: Ana Baer & Heike Salzer
Original Music: Jeff Mueller
Production: WECreate Productions
Dimensions: 1920 × 1080i