Cannibalizing the Conductor


Cannibalizing the Conductor is a hybrid film that combines dance with narrative and documentary filmmaking techniques to encourage deep observation of trance. Upheld for an extended duration, a group of performers improvise in various lucid states that are altered by imaginative, movement and vocal-based tasks. Each performer moves and is moved by the camera. Interacting with each other and the camera itself, they engage with the filmic gaze to celebrate their own agency, while disrupting the monocular focus of the camera lens. They get out of their own way to channel newly uncovered knowledge through the forms of music, dance, sound, and ultimately the eye of the camera.


  • Concept & Realization : Emma W. Howes, Justin F. Kennedy
  • Camera : Derek Howard
  • Camera Assistance: Dino Rekanovic
  • Additional Cinematography: Bíborka Béres, Vladimir Gurewich, Ogemdi Ude
  • Editors: Derek Howard, Emma W. Howes, Justin F. Kennedy
  • Color grading: Artem Stretovych
  • Music: Anand Wilder
  • Foley: Dan Timmons
  • Sound mix: Henry Uhl
  • Makeup and Prosthetics: Caterina Veronesi
  • Costumes: Marta Martino
  • Performers: Onur Agbaba, Vik Bayer, Bíborka Béres, Gabriele Christian, Emma W. Howes, Masoumeh Jalalieh, Justin F. Kennedy, Alireza Keymanesh, Julek Kreutzer, Janne Kummer, Dorota Michalak, Nural Moser, Martha Pasakopoulou, Rafał Pierzyński, Caspar Rode, Julia Rubies, Theresa Scheinecker, Valentino Skarwan, Ogemdi Ude, Xenia Vlachou-Koghilaki, Christa Wall
  • Performance Research: Fernando Cabral, Anna Dunlop, Deva Schubert, Tyra Wigg
  • ImPulsTanz : Marina (Fio) Losin, Rio Rutzinger

Exhibition History

  • Cannibalizing the Conductor
    Queens, NY
  • Cannibalizing the Conductor
    Experimental Film Fest
    Toronto, CA
  • Cannibalizing the Conductor
    Vienna, AT
  • Dance Film Short Award
    Kiez Berlin Film Festival
    Berlin, DE
  • Cannibalizing the Conductor
    Berlin, DE
  • CAMming: Collective Auto-Mythologizing for the Camera
    Vienna, AT


Produced in the frame of CAMming the CAM: Auto-Mythologizing for the CAMera, ImpulsTanz, Vienna (2021)

Post-production is supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance.

Awarded the Kiez Berlin film prize for DANCE FILM SHORT & BEST DOCUMENTARY by the Experimental Film Festival.