Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society

Talent Showcase 2014
  • Scheme: FLAMIN Productions
  • tags: Dance
  • People: Grace Schwindt
  • Duration: 73'

Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society Video

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2014
  • Year of release: 2014
  • Shooting format: HD video
  • Artist Schemes: Random Acts, Film London Jarman Award


  • Artist: Grace Schwindt

Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society revisits discussions that Schwindt witnessed during her childhood, surrounded by radical leftwing individuals in Frankfurt, Germany. The text, which appears in various forms throughout the film, is based on an interview that she recorded over the telephone with a former radical leftwing activist who took part in the student movement in Germany in the 60s and 70s. She questions how freedom was, and is, understood, who has access to it and what political and social structures need to be in place to create a free society.

The film sets are positioned on a hill overlooking London. Large photographic prints reference cityscapes and country sites as well as domestic spaces. Eleven dancers carry out a tightly scripted choreography that has a strict rhythm between stillness and movement. The signification of the still and moving body is positioned through a precise relationship to space, other bodies, objects, speech and images. All elements of the production are understood within a choreographic schema; set, props, costume, lighting, sound, camera movement. Each element is equally important and should be read together as a melody with a strict rhythm that comes together through a script that might be better described as a score. Co-supporters
Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society was commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists' Moving Image Network, Badischer Kunstverein, Eastside Projects and The Showroom, in association with Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, University of Bath; Site Gallery; Tramway and Zeno X Gallery. Supported by Arts Council England, Hessian Film Fund, and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.


Director, Choreographer, Designer, Script Writer: Grace Schwindt

Dramaturg: Anja Golob

Creative Advisor: Ian White

Performer: Rachel Burn, Khamlane Halsackda, Sebastian Langueneur, Dean James Lee, Edward Pearce, Anwar Russell, Monique Smith-Mcdowell, Sunniva Vikør Egenes, Flora Wellesley Wesley

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