Bacchus

A young woman, tired of her routine existence, is lured into a colourful world of sensuality and joy.

Genre: Animation

Length: 05:08

Free To View

Producer/s : none given,

Director/s : Rikke Planeta, 

Writer/s : Rikke Planeta, 

Actor/s : Thea Brooks, 

 

Making of a party girl

It’s a grey everyday world. Sleep, commuting, work, isolation at a bar, and sleep again. They all click by with no change, no fun, no excitement. Alex’s face stays still, and the context changes around her, faster and faster, until her environments all merge.

At the bar, people tap at their phones, and come together as background for someone’s selfie. As soon as the click is done, the smiles go, and everyone is sad, alone and bored like before.

Alex’s ennui is that of Degas’s absinthe drinker and Manet’s waitress at the bar of the Folies-Bergere.

So she follows the tempting sensual female figure who passes her. She goes through a curtain, to a land of bright luminous colour, where butterflies glow and Matisse-esque shapes dance to light up the darkness. It is sensual, sexual, and the music recalls Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. It’s Bacchanalian, Dionysian.

Bacchus/Dionysus was the god of wine and revelry, of pleasure and fertility. In some representations, he is actually androgynous, but here she’s definitely female, for this is a hymn to female sensuality, not male. It’s a celebratory appropriation of the myth.

Back in the bar, Alex is topless, not that anyone notices. But she knows her life has changed. She looks out at us, breaking the fourth wall as if to say, change yours too.

Bacchus is interesting to think about, and gorgeous to look at. There are some really talented animation students out there – these guys rock!