And here we are at the final Circle of HELL: LIMBO…
After a year and a half, I can’t believe the film is complete and ready to head out into the world. It’s been a tremendous journey, and one that I’m very grateful for.
It’s fitting, then, that I save Limbo to the last, because Viviane Franco, the actress in this vignette, was the first on board. When I thought of this project, I knew I wanted the shorts to be unique and reflect the personalities and experiences of the actresses, and myself. So, my mind immediately went to dance and to Viviane. She is one of my friends from Flamenco class and a wonderful dancer! We didn’t necessarily want to write choreography to express the story of Limbo, but more to use the movements, improvised, to express one side of living on “the in between”. The side of freedom.
Viviane lives in Brazil and filmed LIMBO in a park in Sao Paulo. The building featured in the segment looks like a big white dome with multiple doors and windows, reminiscent of the castle with 7 gates in Dante’s Limbo. Here, we find two Viviane’s: the one of sorrow and the one, sublime. The yin and yang of life, where I believe we all live. We are neither in a constant state of sin nor virtue, but fluctuating from one to the other. I don’t think we could healthfully embrace only one. And when we are in one state, we are often seeking the other. Thus the footage of Viviane on the “crowded streets of Limbo” (aka Sao Paulo) as she winds her way through the ocean of souls.
This vignette was a bit different in that we didn’t have a script to work from. Viviane and I had discussed the idea at length, but hadn’t mapped anything out. She went to the Park with images, thoughts and feelings in mind and sent me a dvd of footage to select from. Kind of a propos for Limbo to not have any certainties.
I edited the footage together and we skyped again to talk about words. Again, nothing concrete, just what came to mind, and a week later Viviane sent me a stream of poetry relating to Limbo, I, in turn, wrote that into a narration.
I love how this collaboration took place, it was very unconventional and not even really planned that way – it just happened.
And so Limbo is where the Lady Dis leaves us, at a place of hope and dream with a steady hand on the darkness and brilliance of life. A place where we “once again behold the stars.”
To read about the other circles of HELL, Click HERE