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Moya

Moya

Brin Schoellkopf, Sabine Van Rensburg, Samuel Renaud

South Africa | 2021 | 49 min
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South African Circus Academy Zip Zap Circus presents a contemporary take on South Africa’s heritage and culture through this acrobatic film. Filmed during the Covid-19 lockdown, Moya explores collective acrobatic work, African dance (including Gumboots and Pantsula), as well as traditional circus disciplines that celebrate the body as an instrument. A refined journey through the magical landscape of the Western Cape that inspires contemplation.
Overview of some festivals:
Australian Film Festival, Australia (2022)
Woordfees Film Festival, South Africa(2022)
Circus International Film Festival, Full Length Film Award (2022)
Brighton Fringe Festival, England (2021)
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland (2021)
Director Samuel Renaud, Brin Schoellkopf, Sabine Van Rensburg
Director of Photography Nic Good
Production Amy Wood, Roxy Mitchell, Laurence Esteve, Brigette Chapman
Production Design Brent Van Rensburg
Participation Edouard Schneider
Editing Brin Schoellkopf, Nic Good
Sound Recording Blake Hellaby, David Langeman
Choreography Adele Blank, Brent Van Rensburg, Christine Chapman
Artists Jemma Nelson, Jade Palmer, Isobel Rossouw, Phelelani Ndakrokra, Vuyani Lottering, Jason Barnard, Jacobus Claassen, Silumko Ndulula
Narration Jason Barnard
Graphic Creation Anele Mthalane
Music Zolani Mahola, Buddy Wells, Lee Thomson, Luvo Tamba, Lumunyano Mzi, Mohau Moahioli, Siyabulela Jiyana, Sabu Jiyana, Josh Hawks, Nceba Gongxeca, Lance Fortuin, Chris Bakalanga
Costumes Christine Chapman, Belinda Weeber, Portia Kewana
Lighting Mosuli Ntshonga
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Brin Schoellkopf

Brin Schoellkopf

Brin Schoellkopf grew up in the green mountains of Vermont, spending much of his free time in the performing arts community. At thirteen he joined Circus Smirkus, spending his teenage summer’s performing all around New England. Brin decided to further his passion for circus at l’École National de Cirque in Montreal, specializing in tight wire and acrobatic research. After graduating in 2018, he immediately started the four month creation for Passagers’ with The 7 Fingers, and toured the show internationally for two years.

Throughout his circus career, Brin has explored in depth with visual arts, primarily photography and filmmaking. During the pandemic, he decided to fuse his passion for performance and visual art by co-founding an acrobatic dance collective titled People Watching. Aside from the collectives online presence and visual approach, they will debut their first creation titled Play Dead” during the summer of 2023 in Montreal.

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Sabine Van Rensburg

Sabine Van Rensburg

Sabine Van Rensburg was born into a family of circus artists in Cape Town, South Africa. She was swinging and flying from a young age at the Zip Zap Circus School, a social organization founded by her parents in 1992. After graduating l’Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Montréal in 2018, she performed and toured with the contemporary circus company Les 7 Doigts de La Main.

With an eccentric and fearless approach to dynamic aerial silks, she pioneered technique & movement vocabulary on silks. Recently, she has moved into directing and choreographing, debuting a 50min acrobatic art film called MOYA. It has been extremely successful and gained the support of the circus community, as well as praise from the film industry by winning several prizes & being nominated for Dazed Circa 2021. With a special passion for social justice, she intermittently interrupts her career to do volunteer-based projects and community-building initiatives.

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Samuel Renaud

Samuel Renaud

Spending his summers up north surrounded by the vast forests and lakes of Quebec, Samuel Renaudalways had plenty of room to have fun and let his imagination run free. All of this freedom allowed him to explore and try many different things. After many years of competitive sports and a short career in plumbing, he stumbled upon the circus arts. He went on to graduate as a Russian Cradle and Hand to Hand porter from the National Circus School of Montreal in June of 2017. Since then, Samuel has been a part of many circus projects and worked for several companies, most notably with the 7 fingers where he was apart of their new show creation Passengers”.

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