Tue., 4/24/12: Poetry in Motion

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Poetry in Motion
Filmmaker David Michalek decided that dance can be one of the most undervalued, misunderstood art forms. It is ephemeral, it unfolds before us in time and space. The beauty of it is that it's here, and then it's gone. To change the way dance is experienced, Michalek deisgned a cinematic tribute to dance, called Slow Dancing. Using a high-definition camera shooting at 1,000 frames per second, he filmed 43 dancers and choreagraphers from across the world in motion. These images are projected onto huge screens. It's a world event, and a one-of-a-kind public art installation that has made its way to Harvard Yard outside the Widener Library through April 29.

Slow Dancing by David Michalek: Fang-yi Sheu from Moving Portrait on Vimeo.

Today, in honor of National Poetry Month, we'll discuss this work and explore the poetry of motion, the hypnotic effect that comes from witnessing the exacting precision of a dancer's otherworldy grace.

GUESTS:
  Alicia Anstead, arts and culture analyst
  Jill Johnson, director of Harvard's Dance Program

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