1963 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 18' 30

"[Excerpts of some notes from my artist's journal]

Painting and dance took a strong hold on me very early in life.
As a child I improvised flamenco without music... (then, as an adolescent, my first creations), but the classical dance classes left me unsatisfied. I longed for something else. Drawings of faces, which I made since I was five, were real portraits, very free. Something in common with my progressive vision as an adult painter.

Then, for a long time, I sought to fuse these two approaches... (Inspired by the choreographer Martha Graham, then by Buto dance (1980-86)) I directed performances where Form and Movement gave birth to a "Pictorial Climate".

"Natures mortes ou tableaux vivants" and "Eurynomé" are two examples: the hatching of movement within a near-total immobility of the body.

[Filmmaking (1960-65)]

First, studies based on assemblies of variously imbricated pieces of material, shiny or matte, or through scratches and incisions on dark surfaces, or overflowing spots of pure color... arranged in a haphazard fashion... on long planks of small width (trigger elements for the diversity of possibilities as to the setup). Then film each of these attempts, one by one...

1st stage:
Stay highly concentrated on what the second gaze reveals... wait for an evidence "of what speaks to me and takes hold in me".
Through a game of reflections (under the camera's gaze), "interferences" of moving forms appear...
A deployment occurs of these colorful surfaces, which seem to repeat endlessly, even though they are a series of variations, distinct and even segmented, without any perceptible repetitions. Inscribing themselves into the same mental space through fades to back or through whites that appear "empty", or even through musical movements."
— Andrée Dantu-Saïet


distribution format Digital file on server (FHD)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
rental fee 78,00 €