Director KATHI VON KOERBER:
Kathi von Koerber Director, Filmmaker and Dancer.
Born in South Africa to German parents, Kathi has been a global nomad right from the start. Raised in Africa and Europe she also lived in China studying mandarin and oriental painting, and later studied film in New York. Currently she lives between Colombia and New York.
For the past 15 years, Kathi has been filming and archiving dance films/footage and audio/visual recordings of tribal dance, rituals, and nature imagery. Kathi has made several short films, Vjd extensively international and produced many multi media shows.
"Footsteps in Africa", is her first feature film debut.
Kathi's work draws upon the power of the eternal present. She aims to portray the strength and inspiration of every isolated instance. Her work mirrors the alchemy of human behavior, exploring the archetypes of existence, and creating a dialogue with habits, rituals and unconscious behaviors.
Her projects are achieved by collaborating with people from all over the world in all mediums of expression. By drawing inspiration from the world's constant evolution, and by challenging the boundaries of film and dance, she approaches the deep wells of our subconscious behavior, and attempt to expose our species destiny through ritual, performances or films. The trance and intuitive movements of these rituals become a matter of fact.
Kathi is the director of the company Kiahkeya productions founded in 2004, wich serves to inform and disseminate art, creativity and spirituality for the purpose of cross cultural and environmental equality and tolerance. Kathi has worked on projects with the Bushmen tribe of Southern Africa, and the Xawante who live in Brazil, The Tamashek Nomads of the Sahara, the Zulu of Southern Africa, the Lakota of the US, etc. Kathi searched to explore the universality of dance as an art form, and our connection to the earth. Kiahkeya projects are efforts to support the environment and its inhabitants, in this modern day and age.
Upcoming projects for release in 2009 include a short documentary on the San/Bushmen of Southern Africa and a feature length environmentally conscious Butoh dance film named “Ridden by Nature”. The film is a tribute to the elements that compose the earth, bringing to the forefront the currently strained relationship of humanity with the earth’s ecology in hopes to inspire state and community action in response to the current environmental crisis. ‘Ridden by Nature’ witnesses the immense power of the earth’s biosphere through the art of film, dance and music, revealing the fierce and sacred existence of these visually stunning environments.
This Kiahkeya film is itself a blueprint for further exploration in different parts of the world, creating a dialogue between the tribal and the urban. "Footsteps in Africa" is just the beginning of many more films to come.