The concept for ‘Strength In Tension’ was developed after seeing a sculpture of dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham performing her piece ‘Laminations’. I later watched videos of the performance and became fascinated with the contained, concealed movement and the distortion of form.
I set out to create imagery and a short film that explore this restricted energy, while also constructing images with a statuesque like presence, to emulate the sculpture.
Martha would perform ‘Laminations’ on stage or a in studio with no set or props apart from a single bench. I wanted to keep this essence of open space by pulling back and showing elements of the set that would normally be cropped out from the final image.
I was also keen to show a shared connection in shape and energy, between subject and set, to present a similarity in exaggerated silhouettes shown on the exterior, whilst viewed with a knowledge of the differing forms beneath.
DIRECTOR – TOM ANDREW
FASHION – ANAT DYCHWALD
MAKEUP – KAMILA FORINI
HAIR – SKY CRIPPS JACKSON
SET STYLIST – ALICE ANDREWS
SET BUILDER – STALIN GEORGE
FILM & EDIT – CHARLIE RYAN
MUSIC – MARIAN MENTRUP
MODEL – SOFIE THEOBALD @HIVE
MODEL – DENNIS NYERO @AMCK
PHOTO ASSISTANTS – MIKEY MERKENSCHLAGER & LAYLA MOTTA
FASHION ASSISTANT – NATASHA WATSON
SET STYLISTS ASSISTANTS - NIENTA NIXON & CHAO CHI LAU