In ‘Impossible Image’, the past and the present come together to challenge gender performance and shake down the patriarchy.
‘Impossible Image’ remixes the anarchy and gender play of women of the 1920s, with the fury, irony, and sly humour of dancing women in the 2020s. Cutting together contemporary action and archival footage creates a montage of rage, hilarity and feminist protest echoing across 100 years. Inspired by the vibrant energy of the silent film era comediennes, and their rampaging disregard for order and expectations, this project combines archival footage and contemporary dance sequences to draw parallels between subversive forms of protest from our great-grandmothers to ourselves.  The past and the present coming together to challenge gender performance and shake down the patriarchy, while dancing in the streets.
An eight-minute documentary/dancefilm
Directed, Choreographed & Edited by Karen Pearlman
Produced by Richard James Allen
Production Company: The Physical TV Company
‘Impossible Image’ is a collaboration with the curators of the Cinema’s ‘First Nasty Women’ DVD/Blu-Ray set: Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Hurok, and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi.
It is a result of the French and German International Screendance Residency project.
Associate Producer: La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie
Co-Producer: La Briqueterie-CDCN du Val-de-Marne