Choreography of Movement
Running Time: 89min
Category: Fashion in Film Festival
This program focuses on the coming-together of dance (or, more precisely, choreographed movement), clothing and cinema, drawing attention to the unique ways in which these art forms explore, magnify and shape one another. At the same time, Choreography of Movement is a celebration of both fashion and cinema as collaborative media par excellence, featuring the shorts “Mine” and “Fantastic Spins” by the filmmaking collectives Tell No One and Lernert & Sander, as well as “Spatial Reverse,” a collaboration between the fashion designer Iris van Herpen, choreographer Russell Maliphant and image-makers Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton-Jones.
“Hail the New Puritan,” Charles Atlas’s fictionalized documentary of British dancer Michael Clark, has become notorious for featuring the sublimely outrageous ’80s club icon Leigh Bowery, who designed costumes for several of Clark’s ballet productions. Bowery’s unique position of dandy-meets-clown-meets-sculpture defied established categories of creative practice (he once quipped that he liked to “appeal to maybe one or two people”). Yet his influence across fashion, costume design, art and music has been enormous. Equipped with a sewing machine, endless fabrics, scotch tape, sequins, wigs, prosthetics and plenty of make-up, Bowery was among those who utilized body adornment to fashion themselves as self-made originals–the kind of extreme and uncompromised stance that eventually lead to Bowery’s entrance into the world of fine art.
UK 2014. Dir. Tell No One for NOWNESS. Styling Agata Belcen.
UK 2015. Dir. Warren du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones for AnOther. Fashion by Iris van Herpen.
Netherlands 2012. Dir. Lernert & Sander. With Lawrence Evans & Thomas Naylor. Styling Jodie Barnes.
“Hail the New Puritan”
USA 1987. Dir. Charles Atlas. With Leigh Bowery, Nicola Bowery, Les Child, Michael Clark, Anthony Doughty, Mark E. Smith, Brix Smith, Sue Tilley. 84m.