A portrait of the music, the dance, the people, the lives, the partnerships and the friendships of Olas. It seeks to reveal the layers of our individual lives and the spirit that emerges when we congregate to play, dance, rejoice and unite. This film captures the fantasies and dreams along with the realities and workings of its members, showing the threads that interconnect to bring the simple moments of pure and imperfect beauty that have filled the last few years and that permeate the collective art that together we make.
This film project began in the spring of 2011 in an attempt to capture the entirety of what represents Olas; the dance and the music, as well as glimpses from members' lives outside of Olas practices and performances. The film is therefore comprised of two interlacing threads: studio footage shot during the recording of Olas' three song EP at The Studio Portland, as well as individually designed vignettes by each of Olas' members, Molly Angie, Dylan Blanchard, Lindsey Bourassa, Megan Keogh, Tom Kovacevic, Leif Sherman-Curtis, Chriss Sutherland, and Anna Trunzo, to give character to the lives of each individual. The film was beautifully and generously filmed and edited by Scott Sutherland and Dave Camlin over the course of the past year and a half. Sound recording for the film and EP was completed by Jim Begley of The Studio Portland. Many other artists also contributed in myriad ways. Argentinian visual artist Maria Paz Garaloces contributed photographed images as well as the LED-lit paper creations worn by Olas members throughout the film. Jeremiah Johnson contributed digital design and imagery. Included in the film is also practice footage recorded by local musician Lucas Desmond.
And all song lyric translations were crafted by Nerea Lecue Perez and Maria Paz Garaloces. This project is the compilation of many hours of hard and fruitful work, generously given time and love, and is completed in celebration of the invaluable worth of music and dance.
Olas The Band:
Heavily influenced by Andalusian Flamenco, translated through a blend of American folk, rock, and Arabic music, Olas is an original, all acoustic mash-up of very raw and passionate music and dance, complete with songs sung in Spanish, original, contemporary-flamenco choreography, and traditional instruments such as the oud, ney and guitar. Olas creates, congregates and plays for the love of playing.
Lindsey Bourassa - dance and palmas Megan Keogh dance and palmas