SAETA: The Mourning Dance shortfilm.
Promotional Image by Koko Zin.
“SAETA: The Mourning” is a dance short film that
shows the Gypsy and Flamenco culture through
Flamenco dancing and singing. The dance short
takes the traditional religious song, the Saeta,
sung during Spain’s Holy Week and brings it to a
modern setting. The song is heard typically during
a procession and is usually associated with death.
The Flamenco movement vocabulary explores
grief and longing and the film plays with this
concept. Black is usually associated with
mourning and the Spanish comb, the peineta, is
important to the Saeta song and to Holy Week. In
the film the peineta is juxtaposed by a modern
outfit and is playing with the ideas of new ways of
seeing and old ways of being. The film’s
costuming and dancing pushes boundaries and
Koko Zin’s camera work frames the movement
and adds to the anxiety the choreography is
playing with. David Ajiri’s editing is crisp and
makes “Saeta: The mourning” an eerie and
haunting dance film.
The production notes:
Director Producer: Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros
Editor: David Ajiri and Koko Zin
Camera: Koko Zin
Dancer and choreographer: Rosamaria Kostic
Music Courtesy of: David Sherriff
Premiere: Summer 2016 Colour. 6 minutes
Screened in over 10 countries internationally and
awarded several laurels.