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Choros

A dancer's movements bring a chorus of women and unexpected choreographies to life.

10 – 15 | 2011 | Dance | Experimental | USA | Video Art

Sometimes, the most radical innovations are inspired by the past. This is the case of Michael Lagan and Terah Maher who took on the discourse on the deconstruction of the movement started by Marey’s chronophotography and Muybridge’s subsequent, and created one of the most innovative shorts recently seen. Choros is a hymn to dance, to the body gestures, a dreamy study on our perception of the movement, as well as an open tribute to Pas de Deux , Norman McLaren‘s pioneering short. McLaren in 1968 used multiple exposures on film, while Maher and Lagan relied on a mixture of compositing techniques to multiply endlessly the dancer’s movements, the draw shapes and figures in the air. The music of avant-garde minimalist composer Steve Reich perfectly ties in with the images, and sounds and movements blend together, while the dancer (Terah Maher herself) is multiplied into space, creating an illusionary dance ensemble that performs complex choreographies . This chorus of women “travels” through three stages of thehuman existence, discovery, euphoria and rebirth , in a surreal journey suspended between reality and hallucination.

 

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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