Excerpted from a review on thINKingDANCE. Republished by kind permission.
This project consists of six short dance films—three by collaborators Ashley Searles and Wim Winklewagon, and three by Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Company with Carmella Vassor-Johnson. Only the crickets accompany the dancing images, occasionally joined by the blaring beats of passing cars.
The films featuring Searles are experimental and utilize time-lapse, making the subject’s movement appear jilted and staccato. Through repetition, the images gradually overlay each other, blurring the lines between each frame. Her limbs become transparent and her red dress smears across the screen. Mulgrew’s films feature more concrete concepts and storylines. “The Kitchen Dance” (2001) evolves out of task-based movement and into a swirling duet between Melissa Bessent and Joseph Cicala. In “Citrus Limon” (2003), the lens focuses on lemons. Words describing the health benefits of citrus flash onto the screen—”cures” “cleanse” “contraceptive.”
“When life gives you lemons, make… a dance film.” Read the full review on thINKingDANCE.net. [Surface Arts, 966 North American Street] September 12-20, 2014; fringearts.com/project-through-an-aperture.