MeM#7 —1) Emotional Houdini

MeM#7 —1) Emotional Houdini (Allison Beda & Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg. Canada.) 3 min. (EXCERPTS – FRAGMENTOS) from Movimiento en Movimiento on Vimeo.


EMOTIONAL HOUDINI is a comedic experimental dance film about aging, memory loss and the difficulties of communicating with your dad.

Director, producer, editor, cinematographer: Allison Beda

Choreographer, performer, producer, costume, writer: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

Composer, music,msound design: Marc Stewart

Spanish translation: Jamina Wendland

EMOTIONAL HOUDINI was awarded with Third Place at International Screendance Award MOVIMIENTO EN MOVIMIENTO #7, 2018.


Jury note: This is a film where the camera accompanies dance and humor in a dynamic way, it shows the eye that accompanies the feeling and movement of the performer in an experimental and artistic way, making a camera-content-dance dialogue. The dance arises from the body as an emotional symptom, giving a simple, fresh and accurate result.

Jury: Anna Macdonald, Alessandra Pisu, and a vote by Movimiento en Movimiento.

Allison Beda Director white sweater 2017 picALLISON BEDA

Writer and director Allison Beda’s award winning films have screened internationally at festivals, in theaters, on television, in art galleries, on billboards, in the metro and even at the Olympic games! Ms. Beda’s production company A Muse Productions loves making films about women who make trouble and film art that defies categorization. Allison studied film at Simon Fraser University, she has an MFA in Film from University of British Columbia, she honed her strong visual style working as an IATSE camera operator and learned when you can (and when you cannot) “fix it in post” working as an Associate Producer on shows like the SYFY/NBC series “12 Monkeys”.

12-Tara-Cheyenne-Friedenberg-HEADSHOT_Bravofact_photo-Wendy-D-Photography-TARA CHEYENNE FRIEDENBERG

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is a choreographer, performer, educator, and Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance. Based in Vancouver, she has been creating and performing her unique brand of hybrid dance-theatre for the past decade. And she is known for her expert blending of comedy, dynamic physicality, and character work. Tara has been nominated for several Jessie and Ovation awards for her theatrical choreography and she has been a 2014 recipient of the Chrystal Dance Prize.


Interview to Allison Beda, talking about her creative experience. Filmed via long distance computer call: SKYPE.

MeM#7 —1) Allison Beda. Canadá. Entrevista por su obra Emotional Houdini. INTERVIEW. from Movimiento en Movimiento on Vimeo.