Chandelier choreography

The music video for Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ features Maddie Ziegler dancing choreography by Ryan Heffington.

Below is a clip of Heffington demonstrating motifs from the choreography and talking through a literal interpretation of the movements.

Maddie Ziegler’s performance (below) shows how the choreography has been interpreted and includes the locomotion of primarily non-locomotor movements and the addition of transitions to sequence the movement phrases together. It’s an interesting exercise to analyse this expressive interpretation of Heffington’s work.

Dance on the edge of the art

Dance as an art form has always suffered from a lack of sensible definition. On the flip side, Dance has the ability to converse well with other art forms, and with other domains of knowledge.

Here are two recent videos posted on Vimeo that support both these thoughts. The first films a team of free runners in such a theatrical way as to bring the work into the realm of dance. The second combines visual arts and dance movement, again, in theatrical space and time. Both videos use filmic devices to abstract and manipulate the body in space.

Is this dance fusion? or dance film? or art performance? or just film/video that uses choreography and the body?

Holi Shit from Frank Sauer on Vimeo.

??? SCRIPTURA VITAE † A film by Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic | Music by Diplo ??? from Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic on Vimeo.