Happily married but still haunted by an unresolved love affair from her past, choreographer Alicia (Aurélie Dupont) searches the depths of her memories to create Siren, a new dance piece about unfulfilled desire. Against the backdrop of an ageing theatre by the sea, Alicia builds a sensual and naked ensemble work that is delicately held together by the threads connecting her dancers with each other and with her. She soon finds herself fallen down the rabbit hole of her own creation, in love with the male lead dancer, Giovanni (Alexander Jones), as the siren of her fictional work slowly becomes the siren of her life. When Alicia recounts this story to Karl (Pontus Lidberg), his own story brings a new dimension to this exploration of desire and artistic creation. Written on Water is a sensual and philosophical interrogation of the permeable boundaries between fiction and reality, muse and siren and the changeable roles we play—Odysseus, sailor, siren—in our lifelong quests for connection, love, and inspiration.
WITH Aurélie Dupont, Alexander Jones, Pontus Lidberg Sarawanee Tanatanit, Stina Ekblad and Leslie Caron
PRODUCED BY François Duplat Amaury Lafarge, Pontus Lidberg, Mary Ellen Obias
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Martin Nisser FSF
EDITOR Lars Gustafson FSK
ORIGINAL MUSIC Stefan Levin