As the Mountain Stood Still
Dance & Physical Theatre

It is believed that mountains hold answers, are vantage points for inevitable battles and stand as un/conquerable metaphors in the landscape of the soul.


"As the Mountain Stood Still" follows the narrative of the hero's quest in search of an answer. With question in tow, his journey is interrupted, he flatlines and awakens, but is the answer a fulfillment of his search or is there more to discover as the Mountain stands still?


This project is practice-led research towards the Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) course by the Laban Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) in which Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is applied to the editing of screendance.  

About the Artists

Jacques Batista is an educator, theatre and film maker who places the body and movement central to storytelling. Currently, he is completing his MA Drama in Screendance by dissertation through Rhodes University and is working towards the Certified Movement Analyst course by the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. His previous screen projects include "And Not A Word Was Spoken" (2022) and "As If The Rain Watched Over Her" (2021) which received an Ovation Award at the 2021 National Arts Festival in Makhanda. 


Dave Gardner is a multidisciplinary movement practitioner who offers masterclasses, weekend workshops, monthly immersions and retreats as some of the wide-ranging offerings through "Original Condition", his practice based in Cape Town. He explores movement, meditation, immersion into natural environments and communication to investigate the original condition of human capacity. Gardner continually assesses his practice which evolves through a symbiotic relationship between learning and teaching. Recently, he worked with celebrated dance company Baba Yaya.

  • Programme type: vFringe
  • Genre: Dance & Physical Theatre
  • Duration: 7:10 mins
  • Ages: ALL AGES
June 23, 2024 00:01 - July 31, 00:00