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Special thanks to composer Susanna Chang for the musical score.
"Full Breath Cycle"
A silent short film.
We are all united by process, by something as simple as a full breath cycle. this film focuses on the cyclical nature of life, and the inherent connection shared between organisms on land and in water, anchoring all life in the instant of a single inhale and exhale.
Set against the backdrop of a large painting created by artist Asher Jay, two body-painted ballerinas pulsate and emerge from disparate ecosystems, reach in the image of Michaelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam,” in a moment of conscious breath, to conceptually link all life, whilst also disintegrating the anthropogenic barrier between artifice and nature.
The painting will have a below the surface view of a coral reef as portrayed in the attachments below and a simple terrestrial landscape.
Two painted ballerinas will occupy the dimensions of the canvas described, one will assume the form of terrestrial fauna whilst the other blends into the narrative of the reef. In stepping out of their disparate realms they describe transformation, interdependence, and evolution. A former dancer of the New York City Ballet (Viki Psihoyos) will choreograph a small sequence to deepen this dialogue, which will be performed by two established dancers from City Ballet. The piece will culminate in both ballerinas shedding their animal forms, and evolving into human beings, in effect stepping away from their natural habitats, which are represented by the canvas. The dancers can transcend the dated contrasts built by ambi-morphic forms, and show the wild within against the backdrop of biological habitat. Animal-human hybrids have been around since the time of the Egyptians, so this non-dualistic chronicle will take it a step further, as we serve witness to a connection that one-ups a mere revival of pagan forms.
This film is part of the Last Exhale project, which is a multimedia journey started by Jay in late 2012. The undertaking relies on extraordinary creative collaborations with concerned citizens and talents, as well as an introspective dialogue expressed by Jay. In an effort to understand what it means to breathe one's last and what is encompassed and united by a single breath, Jay has commenced several projects simultaneously, all of which explore the value of life by grieving loss. Instead of emphasizing positive space and focusing on what remains, this project deliberates absence, and the negative space impressed by extinctions upon the tapestry of life supported by our blue marble.