Pas (de deux): A sofa piece

Călin Dan

2005 | 00:05:00 | Netherlands | None | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Body, Dance, LGBTQ, Performance

Unlike other sectors of Romanian civil society who gained status after December 1989, the gay community struggled for many more years with a legal ban imposed by a conservative political class subservient to the Orthodox Church. Against this background, I planned to make a tactical video whose leitmotif was a pas de deux performed by two male dancers.

As the initial project failed, the material was shelved for more than ten years--a time lapse which gave it a whole new dimension, not as much political as human. The camera follows the relationship between the dancers as it appears in their improvised performance, and in moments of relaxation during the rehearsals.

Pas (de deux) is a light piece, and should be enjoyed preferably on a specially designed piece of furniture--a sofa with an LCD screen mounted at eyes level.

Camera: Călin Dan, Janine Huizenga, Victor Velculescu

Editing: Neil Coltofeanu

Choreography and performance: Rzvan Mazilu, Mihai Mihalcea

Music: P. I. Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker--Danse Arabe

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