BELL 8 was initiated by Deirdre Towers after a sound healing session with the late Catalan singer Rakel Terceno. Deirdre grew up with a father who preferred to be on water so her childhood summers were spent on small sailboats in every form of weather, gazing at the waves. After 18 years co-producing the Dance on Camera Festival with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Deirdre realized her favorite dancer is still the sea.
She is now collaborating with dancers Amy Ashley, Forrest Hershey, and Corinne Shearer for a performance at Hudson Guild Theatre. Writer/producer Meeyong Choi of Meriel Partners is developing a narrative film incorporating the footage of BELL 8. Cinematographers Nan Melville (South African) and Ted Ciesielski (Polish) shot the footage. For the score, she combined the voice of Rakel, the guitar of Paul Jared Newman, sounds of the sea, and percussion by Rex Benincasa. British sculptor Celia Gregory offered footage of her underwater sculptures which serve as artificial coral reefs. Neurologist Greg Dunn granted permission for his images of neurons. Christian Sardet offered images from his Plankton Chronicles project
Who is this project for? Everyone! Manoush Zomorodi’s book title ‘Bored and Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out’ says it all.