A part of the Hoxton Project (2003), this film was made to fit into the actual cupboard spaces where the Hoxton Music Hall (in north London) performers stored their costumes. Most of the early films used were made around 1903 so they were exactly 100 years old when the project was first shown. Those who chose to appear in these early kinetoscope films were usually those who were the American versions of those who appeared on music hall stages around Britain at the time. Many of the films used here are made from the collected paper print versions in the collection of the US National Archives in Washington DC.
I was assisted in the making of this work by Kate Kneale, who curated the project with the 2Step artists, and Sian Busby, who provided terrific suggestions along the way. This work was shown together with Sian Busby's Dancer on Glass in other exhibitions for many years and together they were used at the Opening Gala of the Orphan Film Symposium at the University of South Carolina in March 2004.
Both films feature dancers.
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