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Clausen, S. (2009) Ballet. [Video]

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The video Ballet engages with recent histories of rural filmmaking, linking everyday farming movements with the aesthetics of dance. Starting point for this new work is a series of archival films from the collection of the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), which provide warnings of contagion and nuclear catastrophe, describing procedure and instruction in the case of emergency. These films present a unique vision of rural labour and collective staged action, where extras, rural background actors, are performing 'normality' prior to potential disruption of an imminent crisis. Szuper Gallery's video deconstructs the movements of extras in these rural propaganda films. It features a large cast of dancers and non-dancers in a spectacular rural setting performing a new choreography to a dramatic sound score.

Item Type:Video
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Art > Fine Art
ID Code:18449
Additional Information:The exhibition is listed in CentAUR. See Related URL. The Video performance Ballet was developed in dialogue with the archive of rural information and propaganda films at the Museum of English Rural Life [MERL] in Reading, UK. Funded by an individual artist grant from the Arts Council of England and supported by Curtain Razors production and the MacKenzie Art Gallery this project looked at ways of extrapolating filmed gestures from the MERL films to choreograph a large-scale performance film and to consider how this practice-led research could instigate a new way of engaging with and interpreting the MERL film collection. The resulting video was produced in 2009 and was first exhibited at MERL in 2009-10, where it became part of the archive. It will be shown as part of a major solo exhibition at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina in Canada in 2011. The video was screened at a series of international film festivals, including: Moves 10, Blue Coat Gallery, Liverpool, 2010; Club Attend, Rotterdam, May 2010; Festival VideoDanzaBa, Microcine in Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010. ----Certificate: PG. Screening status: North West premiere. Director: Szuper Gallery. Country of origin: United Kingdom. Year of completion: 2009. Running time: 11:45.
Publisher:Szuper Gallery


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