The Dance Camera: Locked & Loaded | Chicago Reader

The Dance Camera: Locked & Loaded

Curated by Daniele Wilmouth, these eight shorts showcase dance in provocative ways—from Switzerland, Elodie Pong's Je Suis une Bombe (2006) includes the startling image of a young woman pole dancing in a panda suit. In Miranda Pennell and John Smith's UK short You Made Me Love You (2005) students scramble to stay in close-up during a tracking shot, as if they know their careers will be brief. In Pennell's Tattoo (2001) military dress parades on Salisbury Plain resemble precision chorus lines, suggesting a connection between popular dance and war dances. The most charged piece, Benoit Dervaux's French-Algerian-Nigerian Black Spring (2002), raises questions of cultural appropriation when an African dancer halts in the middle of a performance to demand payment. 78 min.

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