Making Waves: dance rehearsal

Film making and dance

Three Middlesex University Television Production students, Rafael Conçeição (Lighting/Camera), Rita Duarte (Director/Camera) and Klaudia Slowik (Producer/Sound) worked with artist and designer Caroline Collinge and dancer and choreographer Matsumi Saito to create a documentary charting the making of Caroline’s dance performance, Waves.

Waves is a filmed, costume-led, dance performance, featuring one performer and a large scale paper folded/cut costume, and is part of MoDA’s Katagami in Practice project. The film re-conceptualises the nineteenth-century katagami and film techniques through a twenty-first century lens, using digital technologies to explore similar aesthetics and themes.

The students were tasked with filming Caroline as she worked to create the costume itself, and to undertake interviews with the staff and performers involved. This involved travelling to Caroline’s studio, as well as visiting MoDA itself, and filming at the rehearsal and performance of the final dance. They were able to put into practice many of the skills learnt during their TV Production degree course at Middlesex University, developing their employability skills and their showreels.

 

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