2011. This is my experimental edit of some of the footage from Erin Dudley and Mark McNamara's DA:ZAIN project.
"DA:ZAIN is a performance collective that was formed through the creation of the dance concert Dreams Dammed in 2008. Through performances and leading Butoh based workshops the company discovered the mission of making art as community building, healing, and empowerment. We rely on nature as church, everyday people as shamans, and the theater as mirror of our own psyches."
Erin Dudley (design and performance)
Mark McNamara (design and fabrication)
Jessica Vokoun (video artist)
Fred Hatt (visual artist)
Iain Court (lighting)
Kim Romano (still photography)
Performers seen here:
In August, 2011, the DA:ZAIN participants spent a few days at the Waterfall House in Schoharie County, New York, filming butoh dancers moving in the natural environment and interacting with sculpture created by Mark McNamara. Collaborating artists are drawing upon the collective footage to create their own edits and interpretations.
My experimental edit is constructed entirely from two-second clips according to rules: Clips of the performers warming themselves around a fire at night occur every five seconds, and daytime clips of the waterfall landscape occur every six seconds. This results in a rhythmic pattern of gaps and overlaps, in which images of day and night, water and fire, human and earth interpenetrate.
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