Real Talkies

Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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March 11, 2011 , , ,

The last semester of school is both hectic and special. Over the past three years, several aspects of film making was taught, experienced and experimented. I am only starting to see how all of these aspects come together and can have explosive results in the creative project. Hence, in general I am very excited about all the future projects I will get to work on, but Foreign Puzzle is very special.

It is 7 months since we began filming “The Foreign Puzzle“, 39 production days to be exact. As a physical therapist and now as a filmmaker, I am always interested in human experiences where people push their body and mind beyond the realms of perceived and accepted experience.

Sharon Marroquin - Photo by Therese Tran


“The Foreign Puzzle” deals with disease, female human body, creative movement and dance. A dysfunctional human body is a chaotic system and it throws everything out of whack and as a filmmaker, I am interested in telling stories of the disruptions and the consequences of illness from unique perspectives. “The Foreign Puzzle” is a story of a female dancer who is trying to understand, negotiate and  overcome the disintegration breast cancer has caused to her body, mind and life through her dance.


January 2011 was a year since her diagnosis, two months since her last radiation treatment. She regained a bit of her strength and her doctors/clinic visit were beginning to reduce drastically. But, unfortunately, Sharon had a health setback- a blood clot in her neck. The diagnosis, subsequent frenzied treatments and anxiety about the possibility of the clot dislodging with serious complications, reinforced the gravid presence of mortality in her life. Thankfully, she is feeling better and things are under control.

In her own words, “Amidst daily reminders of my mortality, The Materiality of Impermanence is my affirmation of clarity, beauty, and life.” The Materiality of Impermanence is an intensely personal dance through which Sharon hopes to explore and expresse her collision with cancer. Using contemporary movement language, the piece will be structured as a series of solos, duets, trios, and group sections, and will include nine performers, aerial dance, music (including a live harp), text and video.

What you see in the video above is a duet that is being choreographed by Sharon and will be a part of Materiality of Impermanence.

Sharon says, “The inspiration for this piece is the mother-daughter relationship, specifically in regards to the hereditary element of breast cancer. It is, in addition, a remembrance of my childhood: as we dance, I see in her my own young self. The duet is also a reference to the legacy that I hope to leave as a teacher: I want to believe that some part of me will always live on in my students.

I cannot thank Sharon enough for allowing us to document this critical moment in her life and her incredible son and his pleasing personality. Besides them, her friends, her clinicians and her students have been very gracious in granting us permission to film what is shaping up to a wonderful documentary.


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