Tonight is the last night to check out David Michalek’s outdoor installation “Slow Dancing” at the Music Center. I checked it out last night, and it’s mesmerizing and enchanting. Definitely worth a visit. I suggest grabbing a blanket or a beach chair, picking up dinner, and spending an hour (or two, or three, depending on how Zen you are) camped out, circling the screens and watching from different angles. There’s something meditative and fascinating about watching these incredible dancers at such slow speeds.
Slow Dancing simultaneously captures the beauty of the body in motion, while exposing its most intricate nuances.
Projected on 16 foot screens, each subject’s movement (approximately 5 seconds) was shot on a specially constructed set with a high-speed, high-definition camera recording at 1,000 frames per second. The result is approximately 10-minutes of extreme slow movement-a motion portrait in which the dancer’s unique artistic expression and technique are revealed as never before.
Slow Dancing features over 30 of today’s foremost modern and ballet artists, as well as recognized master interpreters of a range of traditional and contemporary dance forms, including “krump” artist Christopher “Lil C” Toler, “Crutchmaster” Bill Shannon, Bill T. Jones, Desmond Richardson, Shen Wei, Allegra Kent, ABT’s Herman Cornejo and Isabelle Guerin, to name a few.
PERFORMANCE DATES/ TIMES
September 18-26, 2007 6:00PM – 12:00AM
Public Exhibition (FREE)
Optimal viewing after 7:30 PM
More pics after the jump…