A short dance film celebrating female empowerment and inspired by Asian culture, by Cheroney Pelupessy and Maarten Groen
KATANA – A short dance film celebrating female empowerment, inspired by Asian culture. Written, choreographed, and performed by Cheroney Pelupessy, the film Katana represents the reflection of her journey towards standing in her feminine power.
“Katana is a strong, sensual character I created for a show 3 years ago”, Cheroney says. “However, she appeared to be less of a character and more of an addition of newfound strength to my own identity. The personal process was very much about embracing sensuality and femininity while remaining powerful. This also translated to my style of dance. In addition to my interpretation of Urban Contemporary, the introduction of Katana cultivated a new way of moving, which includes floorwork on heels. I believe people are multidimensional, and I made it a point to display that through movement.
It is my wish to break the stigma around sensuality. It has come to my attention that this topic still is associated with weakness, but I believe it represents power. Katana displays a contrast between strong, explosive sequences, and soft, intricate sequences. These are all characteristics that are embodied in womanhood and can coexist. You should not have to choose between being powerful or sensual, you can be both. I knew that I did not want to do this by myself, but that I wanted to collaborate with other creatives. I feel incredibly lucky to work with talented dancers and artists such as director Maarten Groen and composer Guido Maat. I had full trust in them, and the film we were creating as a team. It was about following our instinct and creating art that feels true to us.
In the end, we aspire to create engaging, genuine art that inspires and stimulates others to embrace the polarity of humankind in order to be their authentic selves.” Written and Choreographed by Cheroney Pelupessy
Directed by Maarten Groen Dancers: Cheroney Pelupessy (Katana), Melissa Damayanti, Nathalie Chaves Director of Photography: Stephan Polman Composer: Guido Maat – Heron Music 1st A.C.: Paco Kumar & Evert Bazuin Gaffer: Zen Bloot Film Production: DPPLR
Production Manager: Jimi Visser Production Assistant: Jente Meijer & Noortje Driessen Editor: Laura Brouwer Voice: Amelie Onzon Scanning: Onno Petersen Colorist: Barry Clarke – Captcha Amsterdam Dance Production: ART& Creative Assistant: Gi Au-Yeung
Styling: Tisja Damen, Amber Vineyard, Cheroney Pelupessy
M.U.A.H.: Jody Lynne Special Thanks: Marcia Smeding, Marlon Alvares, Soraya Wahjudi, House of Vineyard, Heron Music,Theater de Kring Roosendaal, De Tuinen van Appeltern, Captcha and
Theater Technician: Simchah Hoed Made possible by: Cultuur Verbindt Roosendaal