'Edits', the new full-length work from Lea Anderson for The Featherstonehaughs, uses a drastic and compelling new way of creating movement material. Anderson, inspired by films of the 40's, 60's and 70's, was fascinated by the effects of attempting a literal translation of the conventions of film into live action.
Judith Mackrell, Guardian 2010 ***
Anderson’s choreography is divided into dance equivalents of the closeup or the cinematic take – intense little solos or duets that are contained within a spotlight or one of the frames.”
“The vocabulary, too, is a distillation of film. Anderson bases an entire solo on the quivering play of emotion across a dancer's face – on a gestural flourish or a swooning embrace. And with the atmospheric additions of dry ice and Steve Blake's otherworldly score, the piece starts to feel like a gallery of the cinematic living dead: stiff, anguished characters emoting within the prison of their ancient celluloid roles.”
Working with collaborators Sandy Powell, Simon Corder, Steve Blake and Will Saunders, performances of 'Edits' in London were presented and commissioned by The Place.