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Underneath my skin is a short dance film written and directed by Sylvia de Boer and Tommy Franzén.

“After many failed relationships Sam makes a life changing decision, to prevent himself from ever getting hurt again he decides to lock away his feelings. This wall of solitude is preventing him from feeling the support and stability he once craved for. His mind starts playing tricks on him until an accident forces him to look within and break his emotional barriers.”

Swedish born dancer/choreographer Tommy Franzén and Dutch visual artist Sylvia de Boer got together to make something that people could relate to and make them think about their own life. Mainly for people who struggle with their emotions. “Closing yourself in to prevent yourself from getting hurt.” Creating an ’emotional barrier’ if you will. We’ve both struggled with this in the past and it took a lot of effort to acknowledge these barriers we’ve put up and break through them. We’ve noticed that a lot of people in our surroundings struggle with the same things and don’t acknowledge the fact that they’ve put up these barriers themselves. We wanted to show this struggle in this film by creating a deranged physical world where our main character Sam sees women as chairs. We’ve used chairs as a metaphor and it’s up to the viewer to discover what a chair means to them and why Sam would be running to way from the chairs. We want people to think about their own lives and draw their own conclusion about the meaning of the chairs.