Direction, Performance, Voice-over Ian Kaler Cinematography Diara Sow Camera Assistance David Schwier Video Editing Noam Gorbat Colour Grading Caio Soares Sound Design Aude Langlois Sound Assistance Elie Gregory Music Composition Hermione Frank aka rRoxymore Construction woodwork ‘The Kid’ Rebekah Wild Construction body ‚The Kid‘ Nanna Neudeck Costume Johanna Frahm Prop Assistance Beate Hennersdorf Production Assistance Ben Clark Text Coaching Jane Palmer Voice-Over Coaching Eliza Simpson Horse Shayla Horse Training Sophia Weber Production Management Martina Neu (Berlin), das Schaufenster (Vienna) Production Ian Kaler
With the kind support of The National Performance Network – STEPPING OUT and the City of Vienna's Department for Cultural Affairs. Funded by The Federal Government Comissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the Initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance. Special Thanks to Moto X Schmiede - Patrick Spingat, Lars Niemuth, Kerstin Große and Reiterhof Helenau.
Ian Kaler is a choreographer, film maker and performer. He studied Transmedial Art at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna and graduated from the BA pilot program Contemporary Dance, Context, Choreography at the Inter-University Center for Dance, at the University of Arts, Berlin. Since 2010 he develops his physical and creative practice in choreographic series in exchange with different artists through different (visual) media.
Some of the core-themes his work addresses center embodiment and coming of age through a trans masculine lens, the figurative composition of the still and moving body, the relationship between bodies and the space/s they inhabit, horses and other sentient beings and encounters with them.
From 2015 - 2019 Kaler developed and toured the choreografic series o.T. as soli and duets with electronic live music by music producer Planningtorock and invited guests. Premieres at Tanzquartier Wien, ImPulsTanz and HAU Berlin were followed by international touring in Germany (ao. at Tanzplattform in Frankfurt LAB), Sweden, Colombia, Mexico, Helsinki and Romania ao.
The group piece ON THE CUSP Ian Kaler's first choreography for 16 dancers of the Swedish Cullbergballeten premiered in January 2019 in Tanzquartier Wien and was on tour in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands in 2019.
In parallel Kaler has been working as choreographic director with Planningtorock on their musical show Powerhouse – the show premiered at the Berlin club Berghain in May 2019.
Recent collaborations with electronic music producer rRoxymore and editor Dafne Narvaez Berlfein, as well as set designer Stephanie Rauch include stage and video-versions of POINTS OF DEPARTURE (2021) and SENTIENT BEINGS (2022).
His first narrative short GRAFTING SELF premiered at BFI Flare LGBTQIA+ Film Festival at the British Film Institute at Southbank London in March 2023 and is screening at Rio LGBTQIA+ Festival Internacional de Cinema in Brazil in July 2023.
2023 Kaler works on a series of narrative short films further exploring movement and embodiment in visual storytelling and dramatic structures. In a residency in Vienna in October 2023 he will present and contextualize new video-works looking at applications of contemporary dance and choreography in visual media. http://www.iankaler.org/