One Ride Ponya film by Alex VermeulenBased on the performance One Trick Pony by Susanne Ohmann.Produced by Cecile VandeursenPREMIERE AT THE DUTCH FILM FESTIVAL 2000, UTRECHT

Not to cherish both the angel and the animal, both the spirit and
the flesh, is to renounce the whole interrest and greatness of being human,
and it is really tragic that those in whom the two natures are equally
strong, should be made to feel in conflict with themselves. Allan W. Watts “This is it”

The woman in One Ride Pony is a loner. Because she is unable to communicate with her environment, she becomes lost in her fantasies. Pursued by an alter ego, the cowgirl, she ends up as a female centaur in a Go-Go Club. Locations are realistic and ‘recognizably’. Actions become increasingly alienating but continue to be plausible due to the true-to-life setting. The logical structure is maintained throughout the course of the film, so that the tension between the alienating elements and the ‘day-to-day reality’ is optimised.

One Ride Pony is a collaborative project of dancer/performer Susanne Ohmann and visual artist Alex Vermeulen. With her performance ‘One Trick Pony’ Susanne Ohmann won first prize for ‘best body act’ at the 1995 ‘Festival aan de Werf’ in Utrecht. Ohmann approached Alex Vermeulen with the idea of developing ‘One Trick Pony’ into short film. Together they wrote the script. Vermeulen incorporated various elements from Ohmann’s work and introduced a dramatic plot in the scenario. David Shea wrote the music for the film.

Broadcast TV March 6, 2001, 10.53 PM, NPS Pitch

Length 10 minuten
Format 35 mm/ color/ stereo
Genre feature
Director Alex Vermeulen
Producer Syndicaat, Cecile Vandeursen
Co-producer NPS, Henk van der Meulen
Screenplay Alex Vermeulen, Susanne Ohmann
Script supervisor Cecile Vandeursen
Director of Photography Benito Strangio
Choreographer Susanne Ohmann
Composer David Shea
Editor Alex Vermeulen
Dancer Susanne Ohmann
Dance Partners Rony Quiroga, Leo Almeida
Actor Steve Malenka
This film is realized with support of het Nederlands Fonds voor de Film en het Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and produced in co-production with the NPS.