Video break: Folies d’Espagne

I’m often left a little empty after watching video of dance productions; for me they often fail to capture the raw energy and intense physicality of a production. Perhaps that’s because so often the camera sits at a distance, trying to capture everything at once, rather than diving in to explore certain exquisite moments.

Not so with this short film. In just five minutes “Folies D’Espagne” uses a Baroque sense of style to set the scene for an exploration of contemporary issues of sexuality and class, creating a modern “Dangerous Liaisons” storyline. The piece is choreographed by Austin McCormick, and the film received a jury prize nomination at the 2008 Dance on Camera Festival.