respirador (breather)

Excerpt from “respirador (breather)” winner of the the Time-Based category in ArtPrize 2014, co-created by Erin and Amy Wilson. The six dance-on-film elements of “respirador (breather)” were directed, produced and edited by Erin Wilson. Movement score by Amy Wilson. Dance by Heather Vaughan-Southard, Hannah Sullivan, Hannah Loss, Amy Wilson and Mary-Jo. Camera work: Michael Cook, Seth Thompson, Erin Wilson. Live performance choreography by Amy Wilson. Concept: Erin Wilson.
Dance in the Annex (DITA) is a modern dance collective based in Grand Rapids, MI. This site-specific work utilized its space at the historic Morton from inception to execution: the room where DITA presented “respirador (breather)” featured two rectangular wooden structures, at a 90 degree angle, so the piece was filmed with two cameras at a 90 degree angle. Both angles were projected simultaneously, as if they were two windows into the other space (six spaces were filmed, in total). Dancers could be seen from either angle and sometimes their movement crossed over between angles, adding to the idea that the “screens” were actually “windows,” into that other space.