Blind Tiger Presents Abe Abraham's Dance-Video Film 'Wind and Tree,' 7/27
"Wind and Tree" features soloist Megumi Eda, joined by 17 dancers including Abe Abraham, Caitlin Abraham, Mina Lawton, Kevin Petite, and Jake Warren.
"'Wind and Tree' does not live on a far removed screen giving us a story: rather, the piece acts as a vessel, drawing the audience viscerally into its enthralling mystery. We are connected to the poetry of the body, and to the wonder of the thousands of stories that exist even in the smallest gesture." - Christine Jowers, www.dance-enthusiast.com, May 23, 2011
"The photography, directed by Peter Masterson, and editing by Abraham and Francois Bernardi are superb....By the time 'Wind and Tree' delivers us to the gorgeous 'Wa Habibi' (O Beloved) sung by Lebanon's great Fairuz, our hearts have already been pummeled open." - Eva Yaa Asantewaa, www.infinitebody.blogspot.com, October 15, 2013
Blind Tiger is proud to present a showing of Abe Abraham's "Wind and Tree," a 3-screen dance-video installation featuring 18 dancers, starring Bessie Award winning dancer Megumi Eda. The 45-minute film is set to JT Bullit's seismographic recordings of the Earth's vibrations and Morton Feldman's Triadic Memories, and is inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon's poem of the same name. Sunday July 27th, 7 PM, at Jack, 505 1/2 Waverly Avenue in Brooklyn.
Note: "Wind and Tree" will be shown first on the mixed program, which begins at 7 PM, followed by performances by JAXON, Catherine Brookman, Allison Jones Dance, Tyler Fischer, and Joseph Kudra.
Originally created for single screen, director Abe Abraham has expanded the film for three screens, "to draw out a deeper story and to find innovative ways to combine images and sounds from one screen to the next." To do this," added Abraham, "I would place side by side various sections of the original footage in an endless series of combinations and watch what unfolded. Most of the time, chaos ensued, but some of the time, collisions of sound and movement would produce a startling 'accident' - an unpredictable combination which would be more innovative than anything I could pre-conceive."
In her description of the film, writer Eva Yaa Asantewaa found that Abraham's camera "pans and swings around a collage of interlocked bare flesh, picking up gleaming textures and small, poignant details like the star-like glint in a single, revealed eye. The body parts - we often see heads protected by arms tightly folded over them - resemble gnarled stumps of fallen trees. The excellent soundscape introduces a sense of time - the wind, vast and devastating, now a faint cry, having already passed in its rush towards other land; snapped-off limbs pounding the earth."
WIND AND TREE
In the way that most of the wind
Happens where there are trees,
most of the world is centred
Often where the wind has gathered
The trees together and together,
One tree will take
another in her arms and hold.
Their branches that are grinding
Madly together and together,
It is no real fire.
they are breaking each other.
Often I think I should be like
the single tree, going nowhere,
Since my own arm cannot and will not
Break the other. Yet by my broken bones
I tell new weather.
- Paul Muldoon (from New Weather, 1973)
Founded by Abe Abraham, Abanar is a dance company formed for the purpose of expanding perceptions of movement through film. Inspired by what the camera can both hide and reveal, Abanar's films expose a world of details that would go unnoticed in a live dance performance. Film techniques such as showing multiple perspectives, moving forward and backward in time, isolating body parts, and framing space, sets the groundwork for new ways of creating and perceiving movement. For Abanar, film becomes a partner in the creation of dance from the outset: a process designed to discover how these two media can challenge each other to create a novel vision.
Sunday July 27th at 7 PM
Jack, 505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn
(C or G train to Clinton/Washington station)
Reservations: 917.658.7384 or www.blindtiger-jack.com