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Festival International de Danse Animée

FUTILE/GESTURE - Yolanda-Tianyi Shao 韶天怡 & Aaron Holmes

Futile / gesture de Aaron Holmes et Yolanda-Tianyi Shao nous propose une danse animée à fleur de peau aliant 2D traditionnelle et danse contemporaine. Pépite 2023, l'animation danse mixte convoque le conflit et ses impasses pour amener à sa dissolution, dans un élan commun de créativité et de but partagé.

Un film d’animation dessiné à la main pour lequel tous les cadres ont été dessinés simultanément par 100 personnes au cours d’une performance de 30 minutes.

Un projet de thèse MFA créé au sein de CalArts, Californian Institute of the Arts, qui offre une variété de programmes uniques et engagés où l’art rencontre l’activisme.



Aaron Holmes
Yolanda-Tianyi Shao

Yolanda-Tianyi Shao

Noah am Ende
Ryan Nebreja

Drew Sensue-Weinstein
Kanoa Ichiyanagi

Yuwei Hu

Holden King
Rachel Lambright
Ruohan Li
Nina Ma

Kat Parker
Aaron Holmes

Lily Windsor
Jack Nop
Jesse Korson
Isaiah Ferguson
Drew Bacon
Pax Nelson

Aaron Holmes
Pax Nelson 

See film for complete credits, including the names of everyone who contributed drawings. 

Création Octobre, 2022




Yolanda Tianyi-Shao (韶天怡) is a choreographer who seeks unexpected collaborations, particularly with animators, filmmakers, and experimental sound artists. After a decade of training in Chinese classical dance, Shao began to lose interest in the rigid pursuit of specific movements deemed beautiful or correct. Her current work as a choreographer deals with the extremes of human communication, touching on desire, satisfaction, and emptiness. Her choreography strikes a balance between established patterns and improvisation, making onstage, movement-based dialogue—and trust—essential components of each performance.


Aaron Holmes is an animator and playwright based in Los Angeles. In animation, theater, and in playful combinations of the two disciplines, Aaron strives for the experiential, the spectacular, and that which foregrounds its own artifice in order to, perhaps, overcome it and achieve human connection. His replacement animation practice relies heavily on “readymade” animations—sequences in which individual frames represent unique found objects gathered from the world. The resulting photos depict things as they exist, as opposed to photos of things that have been manifested or manipulated by the hands. In this way, Holmes undermines his own claims to authorship by accepting unplanned elements in nearly every frame. Experientially, his work confronts with velocity, challenges viewers to search for a signal in the noise, and generates alternating states of anxiety and transcendence.


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