Filmed in two continuous consecutive takes over 1.5 hours of improvised dance and cinematography in and around St Sixte Chapel, Eygalières, France. Performed by local dance artist Emmanuelle Echeverria. @emmanuelle.echeverria Sound and Music generously created by 'The Small Cars' Michael Havir and Ania Reynolds facebook.com/thesmallcars/ michaelhavir.com & aniareynolds.com
This project was made with the generous support of Nicky Ginsberg and NG Art Creative Residency Prize @ngartcreativeresidency ngart.com.au
Performer: Emmanuelle Echeverria
Videographer: Vanessa White
Music/sound: Michael Havir and Ania Reynolds, 'The Small Cars' facebook.com/thesmallcars/
Artist Statement about the process: For me the exploratory role of improvisation is key, a considered gambit deployed as a technical and aesthetic strategy to generate new forms. Mapping a critical framework and then exploring it in a reflective, interactive, and intuitive manner generates a reverberating process which is inevitably more revealing for me and, I believe, for audiences, than a fixed or highly structured procedural process of making work. Improvisation, is not free of structure, but permits a broader range of experimental forms to emerge from within the process of making the work in an unpredictable and less constrained manner. It also permits a more conscious recognition of the role time in the development of form, which is self-consciously ever-present in video.
Setting the scene: A beautiful Autumn morning in November we filmed this work at St Sixte Chapel in Provence. The morning started with a beautiful fog and cleared to reveal the mountains and village Eygaleries in the distance. This project was made possible by winning the NG Art Creative Residency Prize because of the generosity and support of Nicky Ginsberg and her amazing art residency at @ngartcreativeresidency ngart.com.au
About the location:
Saint Sixte is a very picturesque 12th-century chapel sitting on a low, exposed hill just east of the village of Eygalières. Framed by the tall cypress and a with a knarled dead tree in front, this is one of the best-known images there is of Provencal Romanesque art. Van Gogh painted the Chapelle Saint Sixte during the 1889-1890 period when he was staying at the Asylum of St Paul-de-Mausole beside St Remy-de-Provence.