David Michalek (US)

Slow Dancing

Tanz im August

Larger than life, impossibly slow: that is how artist David Michalek chooses to present brief motional sequences executed by four dozen outstanding dancers and choreographers. Shot with a high-resolution slow-motion camera originally designed for military ballistic research, the film series “Slow Dancing” lends the dancing bodies a fascinating sculptural quality; in their combination of virtuosity and vulnerability they might be 3-D projectiles. Capturing on film the grace, beauty and strength of the moving body, Michalek conveys a bandwidth encompassing ballet to belly dance, butoh to breakdance. “Slow Dancing” was already shown to the public on London’s Trafalgar Square and outside the Lincoln Center in New York. The monumental portraits will screen at Gendarmenmarkt, one of Berlin’s most imposing squares, during the entire festival period. 

Supported by LA Music Center (Los Angeles), Saddler‘s Wells (London), Luminato - Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, Walton Arts Center — Northwest Arkansas/USA
Funded by Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin. 
Special project in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Tanz im August 

Made possible by funds from the DKLB-Stiftung.


A project by: David Michalek


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