devika v. wickremesinghe performs in something that has already shifted, 2018. Images by Mobolaji Olaoniye

devika v. wickremesinghe performs in something that has already shifted, 2018. Images by Mobolaji Olaoniye

something that has already shifted

Something that has already shifted is a dance film devised and directed by Gwyneth Shanks, shot in Echo Park, Los Angeles. It first premiered in the neighborhood in conjuncture with the devised, site-specific performance Untitled: a procession on the borders of something that has already shifted and was screened by the Echo Park Film Center. By aligning improvisational movement scores with the visual topographies of residential fencing—that most ubiquitous of elements in the urban fabric—Shanks’s film meditates on how we experience city spaces. How are our bodies invited to explore and examine the streets around us? How do we encounter boundaries? And how do we seek those points of porousness—the gap between two fence slats—which allow us to challenge the material and metaphoric barriers that stymie movement?

The project emerged out of a research-based process that examined the histories of urban change, displacement, and gentrification in East Los Angeles and the Echo Park neighborhood. The process included historical and archival research into the neighborhood as well as oral history interviews with residents. The project was funded through grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant as well as the Graham Foundation.

Cast & Crew

Cinematography by Mobolaji Olaoniye

Movement generated and performed by Loren Fenton, Ali Kheradyar, Zena Bibler, and devika v. wickremesinghe

Steady camera operation by Robert Arnold and Nick Mullercine

First assistant Daniel “Ash” Asmelash

Screening History

September 29, 2018, 7PM @ Echo Park Lake and screened by Echo Park Film Center

January 18, 2019, 8PM @ Highways Performance Space, Juried Dance Film Festival, MOTION CAPTURE