Andre Bato directs ‘Edging Normal’.
A metaphorical tale of a man’s struggle in letting go of his past in order to feel completely free – we find our protagonist, portrayed by Desmond Richardson, stuck in a limbo-like cycle while attempting to achieve a breakthrough.
Words from the director below:
Andre, please could you tell us a little about your journey making ‘Edging Normal’?
Behind every completed idea there are countless unresolved concepts, hours of contemplation, self-doubt, and frustration.
To filmmakers who have perhaps not worked with a dancer, or a Choreographer before, do you have any advice?
ANDRE: This is my first piece where dance is at the center of the narrative, but in general speaking my approach is very much the same with every film I make. My main piece of advice is to give your talent a blank canvas, let them express or interpret the concept, and only come in after and place the point of view where it needs to be, and only open your mouth if it opens a new door for the talent to express themselves even more, or in a more explicit way. Never try to force them into a box just because of a preconceived idea you had of what the piece should be like. Granted that, in this case, I got to work with Desmond and Jacob, who from what I can gather sleep, eat, and breathe dance – so I was just a passenger who was lucky enough to be part of and capture this journey that they had already laid out to a certain extent.