Monday, May 17, 2010

When movement becomes dance

11 min, 16 mm film, B/W, no sound
Camera: Bill Rowley
Edit: Elaine Summers
Dir: Elaine Summers
Prod: Hans Breder, Iowa University

There are two things about this short fragment I love.
The first is the choreography of joy. The slow-motion allows us to better appreciate the flow of the common movement, the combining of the bodies, the contrast between them and everything that happens around them.
But there is something else. The dance becomes obvious at the end, when the movement continues beyond what we expected. Yet there is one earlier moment, one step of the girl coming from "our" side, which makes that clear. At a very precise point, she deviates from the way she has been running, her body bends like a bow and then moves sideways. That is when the simple vectors of meeting become something else - something more complex, less obvious. The bodies, now, create a space for our meeting to go beyond the embrace.


Nikola said...

Movement is the hero, no the action like in "Rzeka jesienna" in Beijing Opera.

LAPOR said...

meu caro!
For me it reminds Jay Rosenblatt´s work,
nao sei se já viste alguma coisa dele. onda mistura filme/experimental narrativa e muita psicologia, ias gostar.

Richard Osborn said...

The slow motion action in the short film conveys time in a metaphysical way. It is not just slower in the literal sense but gives the viewer an opprotunity to live in the space of the work and develop an understanding or appreciation for the subject matter beyond its nature. I am interested in this notion of time and space in art. I time can be conveyed in 2 D work as well. One way is to create enough negtive space between two subject matters that it reads as a great space between them- Andre Tarkovsky made a small book of polaroid images of his rural home that conveys this sense of time as well. It shows a kind atmosphere that exists at dawn and twilight that approaches romance. In this some how time is expressed.



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