Naomi Berrio-Allen is a London-based self-taught filmmaker and director. After partnering with the ICA for a film for Channel 4 Random Acts, she was part of the first BBC Young Artists’ Collective, a new creative agency creating original arts-strand content for younger, emerging audiences. Interested in music videos, documentaries and short form, her work focuses on aesthetically charged films exploring contemporary dance and movement language as well as masculinity and social class identities.
Body Rites is a short contemporary dance film piece commissioned by ICA, as part of a joint initiative between Arts Council England and Channel 4, which sees the Institute of Contemporary Arts lead a London Network in partnership with Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Chisenhale Gallery, DAZED, Kingston University and SPACE.
The short is featured as part a new Channel 4 public broadcast series for Random Acts and was screened at ICA in July 2016. It has since been screened at 71a Gallery for Girls in Film [GIF], Encounters Short Film festival, Ladybeard Magazine Mind Issue Launch, BFI Black Star Season and will be screened at Borrego Springs Film festival, Southern California.
The piece explores notions of masculinity and social violence through movement language and contemporary dance, working with five male P.A.R.T.S, SEAD, The Place conservatoire and Rambert trained dancers and choreographers.