Review: Bring "Homesick" into Your Home for the Holidays
Movement and choreography by Danielle Agami
Directed and edited by Samantha Shay
Music by ZAAR
Presented by Source Material via streaming
December 20, 2020-January 10, 2021
|Danielle Agami and Jordan Klitzke. Image courtesy Emily Owens PR|
The film, shot partly in Iceland, cuts among several spaces, including domestic spaces, an empty bar, a flower market, and a dirt road bisecting a sun-drenched field. It also intercuts between at least two time periods, which are marked by whether Agami's head is shaved or not, the former perhaps suggesting being shorn of past burdens. We see her character in moments of vulnerability just as in moments of strength (such as when she dons boxing gloves), as well as the complex interplay of these that characterizes relationships in the flower-market scenes with her significant other (Jordan Klitzke). (This setting also blurs the boundaries between public and private, acknowledging too how many vital relationship moments can play out in public spaces. The film elegantly twins Agami's character ending up alone among the shop's flowers with her walking the dirt road into the sun, waving, continuing on her own journey. A sort of coda sees her dancing alone in a public square accompanied by the Jim Reeves song "Welcome to my World."
|Danielle Agami. Image courtesy Emily Owens PR|
The extensive Q&A includes discussion of how the project came about and came to marry ZAAR's and Agami's work, the impact on Agami's art of being an immigrant to the United States and the emotional honesty with which she infuses it, the collaborative process and the film's relationship to the originating show, the interrelation between the voiceover text and the movement, and more, all of which enriches the experience and appreciation of the film. Brief but rich, Homesick will repay multiple viewings.
-John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards