we record ourselves (2016)

In 1997 film-maker Katrina McPherson tried to get a film commissioned about the largely overlooked work and life of dancer and choreographer Margaret Morris. That film was never made. Nearly twenty years later, Katrina was commissioned to respond to the Margaret Morris archive and invited dance film-makers Natalia Barua, Owa Barua, and Simon Ellis to join her.

we record ourselves was originally made as a standalone film and as a 22-screen installation. In 2017, a new version of the film was made for the Bath Spa University Mediawall, an architectural scale portrait format 30 screen gallery, rising 7.5 meters from floor level.

Commissioned by Horsecross Arts for Threshold artspace, and acquired for the Horsecross Arts collection of contemporary art.

Supported by C-DaRE (Centre for Dance Research), Coventry University and Creative Scotland.

Natalia Barua, Owa Barua, Simon Ellis & Katrina McPherson
Dubbing Mixer: John Cobban

Screenings & Awards

Bath Spa University Mediawall Competition winner, screened at the Journal of Media Practice and MeCCSA Practice Network Annual Symposium 2017.
Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, 2016 (single screen).
Premièred as part of Movement exhibition, 15 Oct 2016 – 15 Jan 2017 at Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall, Scotland (single screen and 22-screen installation).


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Marzanna (2016)

Marzanna is a screendance exploring concepts of death as a transformative experience inspired by Tarot theories and Romantic ideas of death as rebirth. Encountering one another until existential lines are blurred, the persistent Death shapes Life and ultimately takes control of its course.

Directors: Natalia & Owa Barua
Cinematography, Edit & Sound Design: Owa Barua
Choreography & Dance: Natalia Barua

Festivals & Awards
Light Moves 2016 Innovative Use of Sound Award
Light Moves festival of screendance – Official Selection 2016
Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne – Official Selection 2016
Agite y Sirva | Screendance Touring Festival – Official Selection 2016
International DanceFilmFestival Brussels – Official Selection 2016
Breaking 8 Festival Internazionale di VideoDanza – Official Selection 2016


WAVE (2015)

WAVE is the result of an intensive summer project working with an integrated group of young people from Diverse Dance, an inclusive community dance organisation in London. Across four short workshops led by Owa & Natalia Barua and Andrea Swainson, participants were introduced to the foundations of filmmaking along with exploring choreography for the camera and directing skills.

Cinematography, Sound Design & Edit: Owa Barua
Choreographed & Facilitated by: Natalia Barua & Andrea Swainson
Co-Directors & Dancers: Dancers from Diverse Dance

Unlimited Inclusive Dance Platform at Southbank Centre (2016)

Funded by Youth Lambeth Co-op and supported by Rathbone Learning Disability Charity.


Feathers of La Fronde (2015)

Feathers of La Fronde focuses on women in ‘La Belle Époque’ inspired by artist Alfons Mucha and his representation of the female in what was a hugely influential time for women, socially and politically. Awakening those characters from their decorative arrangement, Feathers of La Fronde represents the struggles for women of ‘La Belle Époque’ and also acts as a celebration of the lively, sometimes radical feminist activity that took place, which gave birth to assertive and modern women.

Concept & Choreography: Natalia Barua
Director, Cinematography & Edit: Owa Barua
Assistant Director: Natalia Barua
Dancers: Natalia Barua, Maren Ellermann, Jessy Wenzel
Music: Martin Skog
Sound Design: Martin Skog & Erik Ullstad

The 2016 Philadelphia Screendance Festival – Audience Award

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