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Into the Woods, 2009

He has left the city and the usual places to find peace. The treetops close in on him from above and he sinks deeper and deeper while swirling glimpses of memories emerge in the bed of the forest. The green of his eyes are reflections of the trees, which play a significant role in this journey of contemplation.

Choreography & editing by Lotte Sigh
Light, projections & camera by Lars Egegaard Sørensen
Music by Tune Madsen
Performed by Matilde Wendelboe Dresler & Phillip Benjamin Jenkins

The film has received financial support from Danish Actors Union and The Toyota Foundation.

Premiered at ScreenMoves, Dansescenen, Copenhagen February 2011
Quinzena de Dança de Almada – Contemporary Dance Festival, Portugal, Running September 28th to October 15th 2011.

Throughout the times, the image of the forest has often been used as a theme in legends, fairy tales and in religious history. Stepping into the forest is to take a step into the new and unknown, a journey which often involves trials, obstacles and dangers but also an initiation into a new life.

Traditionally the forest is considered home of the soul, but is also characterised as being dark and dangerous and is sometimes consequently portrayed as Hades, the realm of the dead. The forest is something to be penetrated and explored in order to reveal its secrets and gain new insights.

Into the Woods was filmed one night in the forest outside of Copenhagen and is frequently used as teaching material in both secondary schools and high schools.