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a science fiction dance film by Pieter Desmet, 2022


TOGETHERNESS is a science-fiction dance film that looks into longing for togetherness, made with and for The Backyard Collective. 


Covid-19 changed our way of togetherness into a more digital, online always connected manner. The paradox of always being together through different digital platforms, but never physically present in the same space. The film aims to mirror this through abstract and poetic images.

The film can be seen as a living photographic work, in which Pieter conveys his vision through the images and the dance and not the chronology or the text. In a way it is an anthology work that is connected thematically, more so than narratively. A close collaboration between Pieter and director of photography Davide Belotti has led to a visual aesthetic that translates this thematic connectivity between the scenes. 


directed by Pieter Desmet

director of photography, Davide Belotti

cast, Alexa Moya Panksep + Machias Bosschaerts + Julia Godino Llorens + Pauline Van Nuffel + Meike Stevens + Aki Iwamoto + Klara Esnerova + Daan Jaartsveld + Margot Masquelier

production, The Backyard vzw

co-production, Persona + Kokos

producer, Pieter Desmet

production managers, Aïda Gabriëls + Annelies Heyrman

production assistant, Júlia Godino Llorens

soundtrack, Adriaan de Roover

editor, Samuel Agniel


first assistant camera, Giel Dhaenens

second assistant camera, Jonathan De Maeyer​

gaffer, Jan Van Lindt​

technician video projection, Schröder​

boom operator, Jeroen Heymans + Tim Coenegrachts

art director, RV​

set dressers, Junior Yussuf + Alexandros Anastasiadis + Maureen Bator + Magdalena Ottl + Steffi Mennen + Jonathan De Maeyer

costume The Creature, Machias Bosschaerts

tailoring, Machias Bosschaerts + Margot Masquelier


analogue set photographer, Yuan Yao​

BTS photographer, Johan Pijpops + Jonathan De Maeyer


drivers, Maureen Bator + Steffi Mennen + Margot Masquelier


with the support of, Stad Antwerpen + Ostron + Petra Arckens​

Special thanks to, AP Hogeschool Antwerpen / Royal Conservatory Antwerp + deSingel Internationale Kunstencampus + Ultima Vez + Destelheide


13 December 2021 - pre-screening
De Cinema, Antwerpen, BE

22 October 2022
De Makersdag, Schouwburg, Leuven, BE

19 November 2022

27 May 2023
Municipal Gallery Casa Bianca, Thessaloniki, GR

17 August 2023
On Art Dance & Music Film Festival, Warsaw, PO

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