The Rings of Saturn 2011 NR

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People speak of many things but, arguably, rarely about their innermost feelings of desire and longing. Desire, after all, is an intimate thing, a feeling often nurtured in privacy and secret fantasy. It's natural language is silence or, at best, through glance and gesture. And yet it remains one of the last taboos, possibly more so than eroticism, for desire usually includes an element of loss. For to achieve the object of desire is also to lose the fire that was part of the original, seductive craving between two people. But it is almost always there in the peripheral vision of our everyday lives - stirring us to feel as we plug away mechanically at the computer; making our way through the throngs of rush hour subway traffic; or even stopping to eat a sandwich before the next important appointment.

Kendra Baker, Philip Drube
42 minutes

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Genres Fantasy
Director Moze Mossanen
Starring Kendra Baker, Philip Drube
Supporting actors Phillip Nero, Julia Aplin, Sean Ling, Sonja Smits, Troy P. Liddell, Caroline Richardson, Rex Harrington, Greta Hodgkinson, Marq Frerichs, Kristy Kennedy
Studio Tendu TV
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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By Shemroon on May 7, 2012
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From Broadcast Week Magazine, by Victor Dwyer

Television and dance have a long and profitable history together. Television sets had barely found a berth in living rooms when American Bandstand redefined teenage Saturday mornings. Today, that tradition is carried on by MuchMusic's Electric Circus. And of course there's the past two decades of MTV videos, in which everyone from Rod Stewart to Macy Gray has gyrated their latest hits into our consciousness in four-minute, never-ending clips.

But TV and real dance - the kind that people spend years at the barre perfecting - that's another matter entirely. Who, after all, would be audacious or foolhardy enough to devote prime-time airwaves to the stuff that classical and contemporary companies do before generally tony - and almost always tiny - live audiences?

We now have an answer: the CBC and Bravo!, who have come together to finance and air The Rings of Saturn, an ambitious selection of new works by renowned choreographer Robert Desrosiers. Starring a raft of dance luminaries, including Rex Harrington, Greta Hodgkinson and Julia Aplin, it also features some pretty deft two-stepping by one performer known more for her TVQ than her way around a dance floor: Sonja Smits.

The show is the brainchild of Moze Mossanen, director of the 1998 short film The Golden City and writer-producer of 1999's feature-length My Gentleman Friends, both of which earned him Genie nominations. Funded by both CBC and Bravo!FACT (the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent, a division of Bravo! devoted to developing short, arts-oriented films), The Rings of Saturn will air as part of the CBC's Thursday fine-arts series, Opening Night, and in a modified, half-hour format on Bravo! the following evening.
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From the Globe & Mail, Canada's National Newspaper:

A series of five-linked dance vignettes about love and longing, it was created by Moze Mossanen, who did the delightful My Gentleman Friends a few years ago, and it's choreographed by Robert Desrosiers. The linking device is a girl on the cusp of adolescence thinking aloud about love - what a bother it seems to her young and guileless eyes.

The first sequence sets the mood. A single Woman (Caroline Richardson) visits her married friends and we know that she's passionately in love with the husband (Rex Harrington). As the dance ensues, the man's wife (Greta Hodgkinson) asserts her own, proprietary love her husband. It's gorgeously made, as are all the others. The Rings of Saturn has gotten attention for an appearance by actor Sonja Smits, but hers is the least interesting part. Smits does a fair job as a dancer, but the final sequence is a stunner. At a swimming pool, a man (Marq Frerichs) swims and watches a woman (Kristy Kennedy). This is a daily ritual, but here his fantasy comes to life and an extraordinary, soaring courtship takes place.

They make a remarkable pair, both in the water and out, and there's a lovely, aching beauty to it all.

Gemini Award Nomination: Julia Aplin, Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program
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