Kampai X Lander X The Krow Films X Project Home Collaboration

In this Project Home collaboration, seemingly ordinary spaces are animated by movement, humor, and dynamic visuals. Through conversations with Kampai, Lander Andonegi, and Ibon "Ambolo" Taboada, we gain insight into their artistic values and creative processes.

Kampai X Lander X The Krow Films X Project Home Collaboration

In this Project Home collaboration, seemingly ordinary spaces are animated by movement, humor, and dynamic visuals. Through conversations with Kampai, Lander Andonegi, and Ibon "Ambolo" Taboada, we gain insight into their artistic values and creative processes.

the work

Kampai

Tell us a little about yourselves.

We’re the Kampai Dance Collective, based in Barcelona since 2016. The collective is made of dancers from Andalusia and Catalonia. We’re a multidisciplinary group that finds its basis in street styles, working on a constant conversation and collaboration with different artistic disciplines (music, visual art, contemporary dance…).

We have a particular language which the company has been moulding over the years. Far from falling into a single genre, we explore our physical language through hybrid concepts of different dances and movement.

Describe your respective journeys within film and dance. What drew you to create work that united film and dance?

We work as a collective, collaborating with artists of different disciplines, like in this video. In the past, we were able to explore these multi-disciplinary relationships with Alex Serra and his music. In our process, we found a way of communicating beyond movement and music.

For the work to present the best version of both collaborators, there must be a mutual understanding at all times. We believe that video is an essential medium that can reflect our creative tools.

Describe your collaboration process within your most recent project home creation. How were you able to negotiate the creative voices of everyone involved?

We devised a creative process where we used the space (location/setting) as our main tool. We worked to employ our setting in nontraditional ways. We value communication with the people working behind the camera. Together we tried to find the best and most creative ideas that would guide and unite our choreography, shooting, and video editing.

What have you found to be the most important lessons about dance and film collaboration? What goals do you have for yourselves within dance and film collaboration?

We believe the most important thing in every collaborative project, is the communication between every participant, choreographer, dancer, musicians, cameraman, editors, etc.. Because of that, the preparation of the work and the group talks are important so that we can establish a common understanding of the direction of our work.
We feel we can inspire other artistic communities to collaborate using video and dance as a way of expression and to explore creatively in both disciplines.

What does “Home” mean to you?

Home is the space where you feel peace, calm and trust with who you are individually and with the others.

Instagram: @kampaidanceco

Lander Andonegi

Tell us a little about yourself.

I consider myself a quiet person, very precise with what I care about.

Describe your journey within film and dance. What drew you to create work that united film and dance?

Personally, I didn't have any contact with dance until we did "HOME". It seemed to me like an interesting project to learn about other art disciplines that I wasn't aware of. I thought that it would give me an understanding of dance language for my own photographic work, and also allow me to analyze how you can articulate with only movement of the body.

Describe your collaboration process within your most recent project home creation. How were you able to negotiate the creative voices of everyone involved?

The most recent work we did with "Project Home" took place in Barcelona in collaboration with Kampai. For this process, Larkin and Marta contacted me so I could be behind the camera. Marta told us how Kampai envisioned the choreography to be and the location where the shooting would take place. I think it was atypical choreography, so the video had to be like that too. I thought of doing a video that would feel a little bit unreal or with hallucinogenic emotions. For that, we worked with a 70's angular optics and we manipulated the light of the location, shifting them into green, magenta- colors that our eyes are not used to, therefore we don't link them to reality.

What have you found to be the most important lessons about dance and film collaboration? What goals do you have for yourself and for the future of dance and film
collaboration?

As I said before, the most important fact for me was to learn and analyze corporal language of the dancers. In the future, I would like to do a photographic project where the movement of the bodies is very present.

What does “Home” mean to you?

It is a very difficult question to answer, but indeed beautiful. A while ago I would've think a home would be the place where you were born. But as I travel, know about cultures and places, I've made a realization: home may not be a physical location, it is a phase or feeling where you sense peace with yourself. Of course, this is affected by the environment and the people you have in your surroundings.

Instagram: @lander_andonegi

Ibon "Ambolo" Taboada

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ibon. People in the dance community know me as Ambolo, and “thekrowfilms” in the video community. I started dancing through breaking, in 2004. At the same time, I began to record myself while I was dancing so I could correct myself; I got into editing by making a compilation of my best tricks.


Describe your journey within film and dance. What drew you to create work that united film and dance?

Without even noticing, I was mixing video making and dancing.
I recorded trips to different places, I made trailers of events, and photographed my friends. Time passed and I’ve been doing the exact same, always thinking of enjoying the creation and keeping in mind what I wanted to share.

Describe your collaboration process within your most recent Project Home creation. How were you able to negotiate the creative voices of everyone involved?

My part consisted only in finishing the editing structure, since the dancers had a good story to tell, and incredible movement. Lander recorded every detail perfectly and gave it his personal touch.

What have you found to be the most important lessons about dance and film collaboration? What goals do you have for yourself within dance and film collaboration?

I think mixing dance and cinema is one of the expressions with which I identify most. I had not been serious about creating on my own but I’m working on it, so that is the next step to my goal.


What does “Home” mean to you?

For me “Home” is the place where we are ourselves.

Instagram: @thekrowfilms

YouTube: thekrowfilms

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