Marvellous Grounds Short Film (2016)

Performance: Ill Nana/DiverseCity Dance Company
Music: “Destroy Each Other” by LAL
Interviewees: Monica Forrester, Richard Fung, Aemilius Ramirez, Rebeka Tabobondung

Director: Min Sook Lee
Cinematographer: Hayley Wong
Editor: Jordan Kawai
Year: 2016

A note from ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company:
As a Queer/Trans positive multiracial collective, we support and create media and art that focuses on QTBIPOC communities. For this short film, we purposely took up space and danced in several locations in the Gay Village, a space where our bodies, art, and presence are often underrepresented and excluded from, and where we face violence. Our choreography has a message of shutting down systems of homophobia, queerphobia, transphobia, and racism, while celebrating all that we are in the process. We continue to represent our voices and provide affirming spaces for the BIPOC & LGBTQ communities to learn dance and movement and perform.

Produced by the Marvellous Grounds Collective:
Alvis Choi, Jin Haritaworn, Ghaida Moussa, Rio Rodriguez, Syrus Marcus Ware

Thanks to: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, an Early Researcher Award, the Centre for Feminist Research, and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York.