Les Diables is a directing and creative duo based in Porto. André Martins and Tiago Lemons are not very keen on social media, but they do have an exceptional Vimeo profile, through which you have the possibility to get to know them. Every video has its own story and a different style but the one we were most impressed by is called Ether. This short film depicts and mediates surf in a different approach, which thanks to its unique concept allures even non-filmmakers and non-sportsmen to feel the water and fall in love for a moment.
Water, according to Google, is a colorless, transparent, odourless liquid which forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms. This water is also a fluid which ties the Ocean with surfers’ bodies and stimulates them to first collide and then combine. To the Ocean, water becomes the body, and to a human, the body becomes the Ocean. Moves synchronize and gently transfer into emotions.
The Ocean, that wavy platform is a stage. A place of emotions and agitation. A gesture is done, it extends and stretches in dancing waves. A body balances, adapting itself to the restless sea.
Ether, enriched by a lyrical ambiance, is a narrative video with two characters – a surfer and a dancer – whose actions affect each other. The imposing male dancer follows the movements of the boisterous sea swell which at the same time embodies a reflection of his dynamism. This whole act depicts harmony between nature and people, beautifully accompanied by a classical piece of music, escalating with angelic singing. From now on, no one can doubt that nature and people can feel each other. Ether displays a reciprocal and intensifying relationship between surfer, dancer, and ocean, as the authors say.
The motion of the body, the face, the hand, it feels and replicates, in a close relationship with nature, the brute force of the Ocean appearing to enhance it in a vibrating crescendo. The waves dance, the gestures follow, the body delivers itself to the sea, bursts. So many connections, so many echoes.
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