RISING Guardians

I am especially fascinated with how sculpture, dance, and film move through real space, and can help us rise
above or make sense of chaos. Recently, I am working on a series of five to seven foot tall abstracted, mixed-media “guardian” forms by finger looping raffia over branch and wire armature. Half of these forms are serene and angelic and the other half are feral and animated. All of the recent forms serve as guides and guardians for the heroine in the short film RISING, which I directed in collaboration with Minnesota dancers, a composer, theater director, and cinematographer. In the end of post-production now, RISING follows a heroine’s journey from isolation in the woods into exploring a mysterious place where she battles obstacles and finds empowerment.

RISING features the collaboration of Minnesota artists: sculptures and film direction by Tiffany Besonen, directing consultation by Julie Kjenaas, original musical score by Damian D. Anderson, choreography by Anika Campbell, dance by Anika Campbell, Emily Bradt, and Autumn Moe.

RISING, a 9 minute short film, follows a heroine’s journey from isolation in the woods into exploring a mysterious place where she battles obstacles and finds self-empowerment. Below is the trailer.

Tiffany Besonen with the RISING Guardians

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