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The Staggering Girl

‘A Choreographic Film’ by Chris Kokkeel

The choreographic film expresses the staggering situation of the individual in confrontation with her inner essence; the source of the quest for identity and existence. Trough a choreographic ‘dream’ of elegance, suspense and emotion the spectator will be carried into an elusive encounter with the passion; the omnipresent sensation reigning from the subconsciousness. 

We touch the sprezzatura (“studied nonchalance”) to integrate ‘dance’ and ‘fashion’ into our personal identity, and use it as a natural manner of expression. The couture is especially designed for this film by Dutch couturier Peter George D’Angelino Tap.

The dancing ‘characters’ of The Dutch National Ballet Academy represent the complex interaction between all emotion, with the centralized position of the passion as main character, in search for room. Reflection is an important theme; Who am I? How is the relation of the inner essence to the external world?

We create a certain stylistic dynamic of contrasts and cross-overs, and take the freedom to embrace the ambiguity of life. The aim is to create a real ‘dancing’ movie; in making the camera dance, and the dancer ‘talk’; trough filmic expression and musicality. As a director I see a lot of potential in the synergy of dance, film and fashion. And I would like to make a kick-start with this short-movie! 

inspired by

the staggering girl


luca guadagnino

Director & choreographer

Chris Kokkeel


Jessica Rooker

executive producer 

Laurens neels

director of photography

katja van den broeke

cast of the dutch national ballet academy

  • perla pace
  • emma mazzi
  • alicia pin
  • riko higurashi
  • robin van sliedregt


peter george d’angelino tap


ryuichi sakamoto

Sound editor

Casper van deuveren

production company


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