Another Kind of Dance, One and Two
“Sculpture like dance has rhythm and poise and if you see a fisherman wrestling with a rope
and his nets in a high sea, that is a another equally marvellous kind of dance.”
Another Kind of Dance, One (12 mins) is a DVD compilation video (made with super 8 and 16mm footage) with audio, viewed on a flat screen TV installed in a wood stove. Another Kind of Dance, Two (6 mins, 37 s) is a DVD video projection with audio. Both videos serve to animate the mixed media bookwork Dancing in a Northern Kitchen (1995-2003).
When creating Dancing in a Northern Kitchen I was drawn to the accordion form for the way it allowed me compose two-dimensional spaces. The horizontal flow of images and text gave a structure to my exploration of memory. And the stacking of chapters in groupings enabled me to highlight vertical links through dance steps. Acting on an impulse to explore the work’s sculptural potential, I installed the chapters on the floor. They seemed to want to move. Having Dancing in a Northern Kitchen dance in a short film seemed a natural progression.
Music Credits — Another Kind of Dance, One:
“Laces & Holes” and “Enigma of a Gumboot”
from the album These Are Our Shoes
composed and performed by Peggy Lee –cello and
Dylan van der Schyff – drums
with the kind permission of Peggy Lee and
Dylan van der Schyff.
Music Credits — Another Kind of Dance, Two:
from the album The Peggy Lee Band
composed by Peggy Lee
The Peggy Lee Band:
Brad Turner – trumpet and flugelhorn
Jeremy Berkman – trombone
Peggy Lee – cello
Tony Wilson -electric guitar
Chris Tarry – electric bass
Dylan van der Schyff – drums, drum machine, electronics
with the kind permission of Peggy Lee.
This project was supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
Exhibition and Screenings History:
Rails End Gallery, Haliburton, ON, 2008
ReFrame International Film Festival, Peterborough, ON, 2009
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, ON, 2009