Traces – A short film by Nicola Hepp

A man and a woman together alone in a relationship that seems to drain them both. Is this the beginning of the end for them?

The film Traces takes its inspiration from Jason Mabana’s dance piece ‘Last Line’ which he created for the Amsterdam School of the Arts in 2018. Director Nicola Hepp felt a deep connection to his work and juxtaposed the movement material with ideas of representing a failing relationship. The underlying sense of time, rush and fragility informs the viewer of the inherent sadness in this duet.

Premiere: Cinedans Amsterdam 2019


  • Screendance Festival
  • Encore Dance on Screen
  • Rotterdams Open Doek
  • Lago Festival
  • Chania Dance Days

It was a semi-finalist at Coorpi- Beyond One Minute and Alternative Film Festival Toronto in 2019.

Dance: Gina Aussen and Luc de Raad
Choreography: Jason Mabana
Camera, edit and grading: Alessio Reedijk
Camera assistant: Esther Murdock
Runner: Maxime Abbenhues
Music: Koen van Baal
Violin: Marieke de Bruijn
Viola: Vera van der Bie
Cello: Jos Teeken
Soundmix: Good Sounds
Directed and edited by Nicola Hepp