Dancepoem: Behind the Scenes

Dancepoem: Behind the Scenes

 Combining Two Artistic Mediums

By Eleni Cay

As part of my work-in-progress project Heteroglossia, I had a vision of a dancepoem which would be a discussion of the two arts, bringing together a dialogue between The Moon and The Sun, between the male and female force. I was very fortunate to work with the dancer Chris Bradley on this project, who produced a beautiful choreography to accompany the Diglossia poem I had written for this. We rehearsed at the Westbury Arts Centre and then filmed the dance in the nearby barn. Here are some pictures from the shooting day.

We didn’t have much filming equipment: only one light projector, one ladder and two heaters (we filmed on a cold February morning!)

The dance was filmed with an iPhone 5S on a self-made tripod (using an old broomstick attached to the phone).

The video was initially edited in Windows Media Maker. We then added the sound and the filter using iMovie.

And here is the final video of my dancepoem, enjoy 🙂

Eleni Cay is a Slovakian poet. Her first collection, The butterfly’s trembling in the digital age, was published by Cakanka and was translated into German in 2015. A forthcoming French translation will be available in Fall 2017. Her poetry has been featured in MK Calling, Allegro, Canopic Jar, and Sentinel Literary Quarterly. See more of her recent dancepoems and filmpoems on her website. 

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