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There is a great overlap between film and dance. It started long before The Red Shoes. Pavlova experimented with the camera as you can see from her clip of The Dying Swan In Leeds of All Places - Ashton Pavlova and Magic 18 Sept 2013. So, too, did Nijinsky as you can see from Hommage au Faun 9 July 2013.
When I interviewed Kenny Tindall in "A Many Sided Genius" - Tindall on Casanova 4 March 2017 we talked about the cinema which he refers to as "church". Tindal compared the work of a choreographer to that of the director of a film:
"The roles were similar and maybe even converging as techniques and technology that had been developed for the cinema were increasingly used in ballet. I recalled the filming of The Architect to which project I had contributed (see Tindall's Architect - How to Get a Piece of the Action - Literally! 7 June 2014). I asked whether another film might result from Casanova. Tindall’s eyes sparkled. No concrete plans as yet, he said, but would it not be splendid to film Act I in Venice and Act II in Paris."I was reminded of my conversation with Tindall when I saw New Moves on 24 June 2017. As I said in my review:
"The most dramatic work of the evening was Thomas van Damme's Convergence which he created for Skyler Martin and Clara Superfine to music by Gorecki. Superfine is yet another dancer whose career I follow closely (see Thank You Ernst 17 March 2016). Through superb use of lighting reminiscent of cinema, he seemed to force the dancers together. They seemed to approach each other but not as lovers, more like predator and prey. It seemed like a gripping narrative though the programme notes suggest something gentler:I have not had to wait very long. He used the same technique in Girls Night with Riho Sakamoto and Yuanyuan Zhang, This is one of a number of short films that Thomas van Damme has made with Youanyuan Zhang as The Ballet Couple. They have their own YouTube Channel, Facebook page and Twitter stream. They describe themselves as:"1. Independent development of similar characters often associate with similarity of habits or environment.As he has mastered the technique of building suspense, I look forward to seeing whether van Damme will use that technique in his future work."
2. Moving toward union or uniformity."
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