Also from Awakening Nataraj – here is the link I promised to the serenely beautiful video of ABT dancer, Herman Cornejo.
Joy Goodwin’s NYT article describes video artists David Michalek’s work with 43 dancers. “By shooting at 1,000 frames per second and using software to slow down the video even more, he has stretched each dancer’s five-second clip to a video lasting 8 to 12 minutes.”
What I love about this art is not only the gorgeousness, but its humanity. The dancers were in some cases as freaked out as many of us are in yoga class where our idea of ourselves is challenged by self observation. Suddenly, on the mat, the tapas of sadhana highlights little ways we avoid things we choose not to see about ourselves.
“it was alarming to see how slow motion obscured chains of muscle coordination, instead emphasizing tiny shifts in position. Karole Armitage saw her staccato movement smoothed and sanded by slow motion. Eiko and Koma, dancers who normally move at a glacial pace, decided to speed things up. And Bill T. Jones doggedly worked his way through several takes before arriving at a more basic phrase that pleased him.
“It was kind of a gruesome thing to subject a performer’s ego to,” Mr. Jones said after the shoot. “But ultimately I think that’s what’s very beautiful about it.”
Check out Michalek’s website for beautiful photographs from his videos and more information about his work.
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