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Amelia: A Film by Edouard Lock With La La La Human Steps

March 26, 2012

Amelia, 2002 · Choreography and Direction: Edouard Lock · Music: David Lang, Written by Lou Reed · Ballet: La La La Human Steps · Montréal, Canada

The multi-award-winning dance film Amelia (2002) explores the use of point technique using extended intertwining solos, complex partnering sequences and extreme speed to generate powerful performances with unexpected moments of tender emotion and serenity. Lock uses intricate choreography for both camera and dancers, creating amazing and constantly shifting points of view. Trademark performances, brilliant and relentless, combined with the delicate sensual lighting of André Turpin and the minimalist environment of a giant wooden box with rounded forms that seems to have no exit, create a disturbingly exquisite and moving experience. The original score, written by David Lang for violin, cello, piano and voice, combines evocative minimalism with lyrics from five of Lou Reed’s most famous works, created in the 60s for the Velvet Underground.

LaLaLa Human Steps: Andrea Boardman, Nancy Crowley, Mistaya Hemingway, Keir Knight, Chun Hong Li, Bernard Martin, Jason Shipley-Holmes, Billy Smith, Naomi Stikeman, Zofia Tujaka

Musical composition: David Lang Musicians: Alexandre Castonguay cello, Simon Claude violin, Njo Kong Kie piano & musical direction, Nadine Medawar vocalist

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