Danse Macabre is a 3D animated motion capture dance film. Inspired by the music of Franz Liszt, a 1940s recording of Totentanz courtesy of the National Library of France, this film explores hubris and irony through the escapist dream of its protagonist. Nodding stylistically to the late-medieval art genre of Danse Macabre, the protagonist learns they cannot escape their boney mortal body for long and no matter how far their flight of fancy takes them they've always been running directly into the hand of death. Although the film depicts a virtual world, it owes its generation to the ephemeral labor of the corporal body; the character motion and camera motion are choreographed and performed by a dancing body. Just as the protagonist tries to leap out of their mortal coil, so too does the performer wearing the motion capture suit try to leap out of her body and into the virtual world of Danse Macabre.
This film was made in partnership with The International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy.