The Book of Dust

Dust as a substance is so varied yet ubiquitous, the processes involved in its creation so numerous, that a book of it is unlikely to ever reach completion.

This experimental film is part of an ongoing, open ended project that is concerned with the collection of dust and the exploration of its various and often contradictory qualities, Of particular interest is the fundamental dichotomy between dust as the raw material of creation and as a documentary trace of destruction. Dust speaks both, of moment and stillness, poverty and wealth, the body and the abject, and serves as a metaphor for the artists endeavor to create beauty, which invariably ends in failure.


Inspired by Butoh, the expressionist Japanese dance form that rose from the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to challenge received Western notions of ballet and modern dance, The Book of Dust seeks to explore the movement of the traumatised body in a dystopian society.

From sowing dryness and doubt to the creation of new worlds, the body in these (neglected) fragments is both passive and active – a landscape and the force impacting on it – its physicality moving between the everyday and the grotesque, towards the beginning of dance.

Written by Lisa Cazzato-Vieyra, M.Vason, E. Fisher
Performed by Ernst Fisher
Photography by Manual Vason
Music and sound by Daniel Biro
Directed and Edited by Lisa Cazzato-Vieyra


Posted on

April 2, 2007