Les Méduses du Monde Entier (The Jellyfish of the World) is Chapter 9 of Sorrow Love Song, a freely interpreted choreography of Haruki Murakami's best-seller novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles.
Originally it supposed to be a simple one-cam demo recording for the French dance company Kubilai Khan Investigations., but it got very inspiring and addictive, so we got carried away with ourselves (as usual) and recorded live 3 times (x 2 cams), then another afternoon without audience in order to work with the cameras on stage at the Maison de la Culture de Créteil (Paris) in 2005. Hence, it turned into a camera re-work that I've considered entering into dance film festivals and competitions but never really got around to.
You'll forgive me for the mediocre video quality that is not really up to Vimean standards, but the hard disk I used at the time broke down on me with no salvaging options, and I have had no other need to reload the footage and re-capture. So for uploading purposes I ripped the DVD I had made at the time and put it back on a new timeline to re-export.
I subtitled only the text that is not repeated in order to leave some space for the wonderful artists I had the pleasure of recording.
We shot with an XL1s and and an XL2, and back then that was luxury! I'm especially grateful to my DP Sébastien Kriloff for having fought for 0 dB in spite of the often low light that I had thankfully managed to deal up about 10%.
Edited on FCP 4.5, audio and pre-mix came from the on-stage musician/composer/DJ Rui Owada. I ended up superimposing 9 video tracks (and about 20 audios) for the editing (and in fact I still work that way today). FCP Effects and titles took me up to about 16 V tracks that kept me on my toes and in my seat for 5 or 6 weeks for the full hour show.
If you like what you see, let me know with many comments and likes, and I'll add chapters to make a little Vimeo series out of this.
Best from the Shack in snowy Hamburg!
PS: Recently added! see Chapter 5 of Sorrow Love Song: The Roots of Desire
"Les Racines du Désir" is Chapter 5 of Sorrow Love Song (see Jellyfish on my Channel), a choreographic free adaptation of Haruki Murakami's bestseller novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles perfromed in Paris by French dance company Kubilai Khan Investigations.
The opening title mistakenly says Chapter 6 – not that it matters :-) I particularly like this piece for Emilio Urbina's remarkable solo. Working with him was an immense delight, as it was with the the whole company.
Franziska Kusche's beautiful live performance of Damien Rice's hit for the great Café Amazonien show in Hamburg's St. Pauli Theater has already moved thousands to tears. We will be hearing more of Franzi soon – her new clip "Love Me" is to be released this fall! Enjoy the song and post your comments please!
Let's get personal for a change. This is the trailer for my first film, a 74' music documentary I made from 2001 to 2005 after an 11-year radio silence with my father who was in California while I was in Europe. I went back looking for a man who had been my hero as a flamenco and folk singer-guitarist, and I found a man who had taken up flamenco dancing when he was over 50. My goal was to portray his love for sharing culture beyond all frontiers, strengthened by the love between him and his wife Elena, who had become a dancer in turn. In fact, making this film turned into a way of coming to terms with the feeling that he was now stampeding my memories with every "taconeo".
If you like what you see, please let me know. If enough people like what they see, I've been toying with the idea of distributing the film, i.e; via CreateSpace VOD. It's in your hands now!
Some of you are already familiar with pieces from Café Amazonien... well here is Jul Kula's performance (and his own transcription) of Why Am I Gay ? – recorded live at the St. Pauli Theater in Hamburg, 2007. Working with Jul was one of the most delightful experiences I had during the production of Café Amazonien. Your comments will be gladly forwarded upon request :-) Have fun with this.
The picture I've uploaded as a logo is The Shack, a.k.a. La Remise, a.k.a Der Schuppen: my 100-yr old garden shack completely restored and turned into the editing suite, my office, a very cozy guest-house, and an inspiring place to be.