Anakana Schofield – Author of Bina, Martin John and Malarky

Wiseman

Some quick notes on Frederick Wiseman’s La Danse.

  • Sacrifice: the pain, the feet, the lower back, the pain, the feet, the bunched up toes, the pain the feet the scissor’d jetes.
  • Dancers: “half nun half boxer”
  • Every individual sequin hand sewn on costumes. Every shoes sprayed with paint, wigs made, tools made, everything made, made, made. Every eyebrows attended to on an individual basis.
  • Extremity of the body in all its possibility. Extend. Extend. Extend. Minimalist fat so we can see every muscle where he starts and where he ends.
  • Are legs really that long?
  • silence
  • Feeding the five thousand a la Bernada Alba. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
  • Man repairing the roof with plaster.
  • Moments. Single Moments. Establishing shots that repeat or situate being the string.
  • Clocking in: The dancers heads move past the posters, door opens, bag on shoulder.
  • Precision and pain.

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