To create a film that accurately represented 5rhythms and the people of 5rhythms, it is important for the filmmaker to understand the process and importance of 5rhythms themselves. I researched 5rhythms online, and leant that it is a meditative dance originally founded by Gabrielle Roth. The five rhythms it incorporates are flow, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. According to its creator, these rhythms help us liberate the free creative spirit inside of us, regardless of our ability to dance. There are no choreographed steps to learn; more importantly, there is no right or wrong way to dance.
We wanted the film to inform viewers about what exactly 5rhythms is. Many people I have shown were originally under the impression it was a dance in a forest-like setting, with quintessentially meditative, slow music playing. Indeed, I myself thought it would be a practice of this nature beforehand. Due to this common misconception I tried to debunk this idea early on in the film by showing the DJ table and using a lively, upbeat soundtrack – it is important to note this song was played at the session. To inform viewers about the process of the dance, we included an interview with a teacher of 5Rhythms. Johanna asked about the structure of 5Rhythms. He explained the difference and significance of each rhythm in great detail. Unfortunately the visual component of this was not great but the sound was ideal. This provided the description of each dance that you can hear at the start of each rhythm.
The primary research for our film was in the form of participant observation and individual interviews of the dancers themselves. Our aim was to discover why 5rhythms was important to these individuals, moreover, why the came back session after session. It was clear early on that the interpersonal connections made between individuals during the process were paramount, at least with our interviewees. This was not the only advantage the dance provides – for many it serves as a personal therapy, by freeing individuals from fixed notions and thoughts, thereby helping them get in touch with their bodies. However, when making a short film, it is important not to incorporate too many different themes, as this causes the film to loose focus and no clear message is portrayed. Therefore, we asked interviewees about which Rhythm was their favourite and why. In addition we asked them how they felt about dancing with other people insofar as how the experience a ‘personal journey’ or an interactive one. Luckily the first two people we interviewed had very different opinions on this; David loved dancing with other people and Nichol preferred dancing alone.