Gaia -- Mysterious Rhythms is a dance-ritual performed by a young woman on the seashore. The dance unfolds a rite of passage and a process of transformation, through the woman's interaction with the elements of the natural environment: the rhythms and features of the earth, sea, moon and sun.
In formal terms, Gaia was set out to explore the notion of screen choreography through a subtle, poetic and reflective interplay of images of the body and the environment. In terms of content, the woman's performance is perceived as a source of metaphoric and archetypal imagery that highlights the intricate relationship between body, psyche, and the world.
Gaia was made as part of a PhD in Dance on Screen, Middlesex University, UK, 2001. The PhD thesis includes a chapter with an in-depth analysis of the film.
Online classes and networked rites based on Gaia – Mysterious Rhythms with Dr Lila Moore are available at Cybernetic Futures Institute: cyberneticinstitute.com/
Length 20 mins.
The DVD includes the film and a PhD thesis entitled Dance on Screen by Lila Moore. Available from Artfilms