ABISSO: Artist Interview: ​Sarah Pini

Sarah Pini, Melissa Ramos

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ABISSO is a short dance film developed in 2018 by Sarah and Ruggero Pini. Ruggero is a video maker and director of photography based in Shanghai and Sarah is an anthropologist and former professional dancer based is Sydney. The material depicted in this video was recorded in 2007 and 2010 in Bologna (Italy) and in 2014 in Tenerife (Spain) as part of a larger project documenting Sarah’s experience of illness. This video exploration applies a phenomenological approach and auto-ethnographic analysis to the experience of cancer. ABISSO acts as a visual metaphor of Sarah’s inner landscape during her medical journey. The underwater images depict the last dance Sarah performed with her original blood. Several months later she successfully underwent a stem cells transplant which radically transformed her body and immune system. As a performative act, ABISSO marks the acknowledgement of Sarah's deepest fear and the courage to embrace her fate.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date1. Jun 2019
PublisherDance Cinema
Publication statusPublished - 1. Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Screendance
  • Video Dance
  • Dance
  • Visual Arts
  • Biographical subjectivity
  • Embodied Narrative
  • Illness

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