Inspired by the ballet Giselle and featuring a cast of 30 young dancers, Curing Albrecht is shot on location at Manchester’s spectacular Victoria Baths. It explores themes of ‘dancing mania’ a medieval social phenomenon, where people who caught the dancing plague are known to have danced to their deaths.
Commissioned by English National Ballet and produced in partnership with Manchester International Festival, 'Curing Albrecht' has had over 150k views and 3k shares in its first weekend online and was subsequently hosted on BBC iPlayer and Canal+TV. Curing Albrecht was first screened as a curtain raiser to Akram Khan’s Giselle, during English National Ballet’s opening run at Sadler's Wells.
To date, it has won 7 awards at International Film Festivals, including Best Dance Film 2017 at New Renaissance Film Festival (UK), Best Director at Portland Dance Film Festival (USA), and the Audience Award at Barcelona’s Choreoscope Festival.
‘We’re both very interested in unusual real life stories and phenomena and are always
looking for narratives grounded in reality that can take us into the surreal or the absurd.
Researching the St Vitus Dance plagues that took place in medieval Rhineland
helped us to find a new angle on the story of Giselle,.’
Jess and Morgs
Direction, Concept and Choreography Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple
Director of Photography Matthias Pilz
Editor Livia Serpa
Original Music Frank Moon
'the choreography is fantastic with a chorus of dancers all trying to cure Albrecht anD the Wes Anderson style direction perfectly complimenting its bizarreness.'
CONCRETE FOR NORWICH FESTIVAL
WINNER BEST DANCE FILM New Renaissance Film Festival
WINNER BEST DIRECTION Portland Dance Film Festival
WINNER BEST SOUNDTRACK Pentedattilo film Festival
WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD Choreoscope Festival
WINNER EXPERIMENTAL SHORT Changing Face International Film Festival
WINNER BEST LEAD ACTOR Changing Face International Film Festival