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7 September 2022



a cinematic dance work by Persona, 2021


In SKINNED two performers embody the inner process that one goes through in the search for oneself. Through physical exploration, they question the usual layers with which one conforms today. Layer by layer, the figures deepen their evolving physical identity and molt into new forms, eventually entering an abstract state of self-awareness.

Following multiple intertwined paths, they explore the relationship between their soul and body in an attempt to discover their identity. The figures use their bodies and their movements as metaphors for this transformation.​

SKINNED is an interdisciplinary project where two dancers and a visual artist meet in a medium that is new to all: film. Both are part of the dramaturgy in order to enliven the dialogue between the two disciplines. SKINNED is an investigation into shared poetic qualities in both performance and photography.

In SKINNED, the visual image and the performative quality are two aspects that coexist equally. Together they create a visual language that attaches importance to emotion and aesthetics.

The film is a deep reflection on the different layers of an identity and invites the viewer to go in search of themselves.


a film by Persona

dance Pieter Desmet + Steffi Mennen

director of photography, Jonathan De Maeyer

soundtrack, Adriaan de Roover

with financial support of Stad Antwerpen

with support of Zuidpool

residencies KANAL Centre Pompidou Brussels + Ultima Vez

location holders, STRUIK + Zuidpool + Wassalon Potuit + Zoniënwoud


25 & 26 september 2020 -  tes screening
BOM Festival, Gent, BE

10 December 2021 - premiere
De Studio, Antwerpen, BE

10 March 2022
Monkey Business
, Gent, BE

17 - 19 March 2022
PLATEAU22, Leuven, BE

3 May 2022
Filmhuis Mechelen, Mechelen, BE

7 May 2022
Filmhuis Klappei, Antwerpen, BE

7 September 2022


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