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The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Indie / Early Punk / Alt Country Edinburgh, UK  UK


  • Thu

    Apr 14

    Tucson, AZ, US | 3:30pm

    SEVEN DEADLY SINS Cylan William Shaffer has been appointed Resident Film Artist for Artifact Dance Project and for his first project with the company, Shaffer premieres his latest work, Seven Deadly Sins. The subject matter of this collaboration between dance and film is revealed through Shaffers stunning use of imagery, light and environment. He and director of photography, Gilbert Rataezyk, come together as an exceptional team whose visions create a cohesiveness throughout the distinctive short films. Rataezyks camera work is a dance in itself as one watches him capture movement within the atmosphere of each location. Seven Deadly Sins is a series of seven short films depicting the religious vices of pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. Shaffer began his process by looking up the pure non-biblical definition of each sin. For example, the definition of gluttony can often be related to overeating and excessive food consumption. Shaffer focuses on the more rudimentary interpretation of the sin; in this case, excessive indulgence. Dance performed in very specific locations expresses the sin in each film. The choreographic vocabulary for Seven Deadly Sins is contemporary dance as interpreted by Artifact Dance Project a fusion of ballet, modern and jazz. Dancers from the company and studio including Co-Artistic Directors, Ashley Bowman and Claire Hancock, contribute their talents to the project as choreographers and actors. Shaffer, a dancer in his own right, most commonly gravitates towards contemporary movement for his films because the style can have an unrestrictive nature lending to the big picture of his work. Shaffer leans towards minimalism when it comes to music for his films, therefore the soundtrack are selections by the famous British composer, Max Richter. Richters music and Shaffers vision come together flawlessly. The location of each film is as unique as the sin. Shaffer chose locations early in his creative process, therefore the environment of each film formatively shaped the content. For example, Lust was shot in Tucsons Reid Park Zoo inside two empty animal cages. Envy was filmed inside the main industrial gallery space at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson). Other locations around Tucson include the old Slaughter House on Grant Road, the historic Steinfield Warehouse, Gates Pass near Saguaro National Park West and the iconic Green Valley pecan farms south of Tucson. The introductory scene of Seven Deadly Sins begins with the historic shrine known as El Tiradito located in the Barrio of Tucson. Throughout the seven short films, it is made obvious that the location poignantly interprets the sin and sets the tone for the movement.

  • 2015

    Nov 27

    Vancouver, BC, CA | 8:00pm
  • 2015

    Oct 3

    Houston, TX, US | 8:00pm

    The Seven Deadly Sins with Triniti Restaurant and Mercury Orchestra The 7 Deadly Sins is the fifth collaboration between Triniti's Chef Ryan Hildebrand and Mercury's Artistic Director Antoine Plante. The food and music will follow the same progression of sins that Dante experienced on his journey through the Inferno. While the sinners that Dante encounters are each punished in accordance with the sin they were most guilty of while alive, guests can expect a totally different kind of experience! Enjoy music from composers like Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven and Mozart that evoke the mood of each sin. Guests will dine on dishes like Lust's composition of oysters, grapes, pomegranate and caviar; or a dish of pasta plated to look like a hoarding octopus and dressed with squid ink sauce to mirror Greed. And Envy? Well, we're keeping that one a secret...

  • 2015

    Jun 26

    Eugene, OR, US | 3:30pm

    Oregon Bach Festival with Seven Deadly Sins

  • 2015

    Apr 3

    Savannah, GA, US | 10:00pm


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  • Ziq Yong (Artist)
    Ziq Yong
    well done lads! Love your stuff!the accent is awesome!omg.literally dancing to the beat now in public.>_>
  • FFS (Artist)
    hiya guys liking the tunes keep up the good work. See youse on friday at henrys. Cheers Stuarty (Fishing For Seagulls)


  • Live @ Liquid Room June 2011
  • Cabaret Voltaire 2011
  • Liquid Room 2011


Bio: The Seven Deadly Sins are an Edinburgh based band formed by singer/songwriter Alex Moran in early 2010. Moran was joined by bassist Kevin Turner, lead guitarist Euan Moran and drummer Nic Ross.

Since their debut on the Scottish live circuit in September 2010 The Seven Deadly Sins have supported ...See Full Bio

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