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Choros: A Transfixing Experimental Dance Film by Michael Langan & Terah Maher

February 27, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Released three weeks ago after a year on tour at various film festivals, Choros is the latest experimental art film from director Michael Langan that explores the movement of the human body, specifically the motion of dancer Terah Maher. Choros follows in the steps of Eadweard Muybridge, Etienne-Jules Marey, and Norman McLaren, all of whom spent years studying the physical moment of animals and humans through film. Langan takes the next step using new digital innovations to layer some 32 sequential instances of a single movement and then stretch it out over time. Set to Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, the 13-minute video is pulsating, hypnotic, and flat out lovely to watch. You can read more about it over at Short of the Week.

 

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