Interview with Taste of Night

Taste of Night
Director Liudmila Komrakova
Director of Photography Kazantcev Slava
Choreographers Vanesa Villalba and Facundo Pinero
Dancers Andrei Panferov, Viktoriia Krivtsova, Ekaterina Petrova
Composers Peter Gundry, John Powell
Country Russia

‘Taste of Night’ is a dance short film in the style of ironic noir in the fantastic story that happened at the ball. A brilliant, handsome man meets a young girl at the party. No one knows what fate has prepared for him, and how the day will end. He tries to seduce her. Is it possible the girl is an extraordinary creature? This film is a part of project that aimed to modify stereotyped impression of tango as a dance in red dress with a rose between the teeth that a lot of people still have.That is why our team created several tango dance films based on modern music and with different level of difficulty and artistic performance. The narrative factor helps nonprofessional viewers to follow the dance whereas choreography of Vanesa Villalba and Facundo Pinero, who created the dances for current World Champions, may inspire professional audience. Film is presented by Andrei Panferov who is a five time finalist of the World Cup (Mundial) in Tango Argentina and Victoria Krivtsova his partner ballerina who found her passion in tango Argentina.

  1. Videomovimiento – Bogotá, Colombia,  World premiere – 29.09.2017 – Premio Mejor Producción
  2. Cinemático Film Festival – Tijuana, Mexico – Best Music Video
  3. FICMARC – Caribbean Sea International Film Festival -Nueva Esparta, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic – Best Music Video
  4. Zilant –Kazan, Russia – Best Musiacal film
  5. Utah Dance Film Festival – Orem, United States – 2 place Costume Design
  6. Global Short Film Awards – Cannes, France –  Best Music Film, Best Dance Film, Best Director
  7. The Global Independent Film Awards – Best Musical Film, Best Choreography
  8. The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards  – Best Editing
  9. LA Music Video Awards – Vernon, United States – Best Horror Video
  10. Changing Face International Film Festival – Best Short Experimental Video
  11. Top Indie Film Awards –  Best Twist
  12. Oniros Film Awards –  Best Music Video, Best Choreography
  13. MovieScreenPro Film Festival – Special Mention
  14. International Vampire Film & Art Festival – Sighishoara, Romania – Best Short Film
  15. Maracay International Film & Video Festival  – Best Music Video
  16. Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival (SPIFF) – Best Russian Dance, Video, Audience award


Describe, in as many or as few words as you see fit, the genesis of or inspiration behind your film.
I don’t sit and I don’t write special scenarios for dance films. I just listen to music. At some point all the film from beginning to the end rises before my eyes. This was also a case with the film “Taste of Night”. I was driving a car and listened to music. Suddenly I just understood the idea of the film and who should performed in it. All I had to do is arrive at home and write down in details all I imagined in my mind. Later, I worked with choreographers and dancers, explaining to them what has to happen at each moment of music.
What is interesting or intriguing to you about engaging with dance for film vs. dance for stage? Or, if you are coming from a film background and working with dance is a secondary medium for you, what drew you to wanting to capture and work with dance?
In my opinion, first of all, screendance is an opportunity to show dance to larger number of spectators. The cinema allows to place dance in the atmosphere that transfers a dance essence most precisely. The spectator has an opportunity to see performance from different points, to feel its volume, to move through space, to notice all tiny details that might be unnoticed during live performance. It is possible to involve any number of dancers. Perception of the viewer is influenced not only by the dancers, choreographer, and the director, but also by camerawork. It seems to me that there are now grandiose technical capabilities for interesting experiments in camerawork that allows to present dance to the viewer in the best way. Though live execution makes the viewer involved in creation of the dance, screendance is the best manifestation of all the participants of the project. Various special effects, computer graphics, animation strengthen an impression of dance, help to create the necessary atmosphere. There is only hope that a search of innovative ways of use of the camera equipment and plasticity won’t reduce the level of mastery of dancers. Screendance also helps to bring dance to new audience that might not have the possibility to go to theater for a live performance. So it might inspire and educate the larger population. I always adored the ballet. I do not have professional education in either filmmaking nor in dance. Living in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) I had a possibility to enjoy this art presented by high quality dance troupes and dancers. It happened that several years ago I begun to dance Tango Argentina. The stereotyped impression of tango as a retrograde dance in a red dress with rose between the teeth made me want to change this point of view. I wanted to shoot the dance film with the idea of a tango as the dance whose expressive opportunities are boundless. Now around the world the Argentina tango is popular. Its social importance can’t be overestimated. In reality the focus is on the Internet and gadgets and leaves not enough time for live contacts. The tango gives the chance to not only better understand your partner, but also to realize his/her potential. No other partner dance demands from dancers  such coherence of actions, such sensitive relation to each other, such penetration into inner world of the partner, such ability to communicate through their movements. Tango Argentina is a continuous improvisation. One of the main aims for me is to attract people who have nothing to do in their life with dance to enjoy and to become interested in dances. That is why all my films has strong storyline behind as it helps non professional audience to follow the film. My films do not present movement and dance as the main presentation. They are the mean of storytelling. Learning Tango myself I manage to communicate with magnificent dancers and choreographers. I see their huge potential, and I wanted to also give them an opportunity to try a new genre. A genre of cinema, and to show the whole world their talent. I have conceived the movie consisting of several parts where each part represents the small short story told by means of a tango. Taste of Night presented at the festival is one of the parts. Having begun to create this tango project I have understood that I simply do love to create dance films. Now I shoot films in which dancers of the different genres performs.
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