Dance the Downfall with Me

film, 6:24 minutes, 2018

 

“Whatever you ask me for, I will give it to you, up to half my kingdom” 

                                                 Herod Antipas

Angels sing, demons dance.

In a patriarchal context, solo dance by a female performer has been commonly associated with seduction and sometimes perceived as morally ambiguous or even threatening to male observer’s sense of power and control.

Qualities which are traditionally seen as ‘feminine virtues’ such as beauty, charm, and sexual allure can be infused with aesthetic and symbolic values in dance, and in this context become the most advantageous weapon of a femme fatal. The archetype of a femme fatal in literature and art is often described as having a power akin to the enchantress, seductress, vampire, witch, or demon. That said, heroines such as Salome or Carmen also represented many aesthetic and symbolic values of powerful feminine qualities such as capriciousness, fearlessness, courage, charm and mystery.

These virtues could be traditionally attributed to a male hero as well. The difference lies in the attribution of two additional characteristics which have commonly escorted prominent female characters: sexual attractiveness and youth.

This short film aims to challenge the focus on traditional gender roles and youthful bodies, commonly present in Classical dance forms. It explores the contemporary values of gender and age diversity through movement performed by older dancers.

Dance has always been humanity’s ultimate tool to fight gravity, and therefore time and ageing. As long as we succeed to keep our feet detached from the ground, we will stay immortal. 

 

Dance the Downfall with Me, film still, 2018

       

Dance the Downfall with Me, film still, 2018

Dance the Downfall with Me, film preview, 1:52 minutes, 2018