SYNOPSIS

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.

 

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danse macabre short film animation motion capture cavender heban FESTIVALS & AWARDS

danse macabre short film laurel2016 International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy (Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne) danse macabre short film laurel


danse macabre short film laurel ADF 20162016 American Dance Festivaldanse macabre short film laurel ADF 2016


danse macabre short film laurel salamanca moves2016 Salamanca Moves Festivaldanse macabre short film laurel salamanca moves


danse macabre short film laurel salamanca moves2016 Columbus Moving Image Art Reviewdanse macabre short film laurel salamanca moves


danse macabre short film laurel salamanca moves2016 SCREAMDANCE Festivaldanse macabre short film laurel salamanca moves


danse macabre short film laurel salamanca moves2016 Independents' Day Festivaldanse macabre short film laurel salamanca moves


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THE TEAM

Jess Cavender

Graduate Student, Dance

Tom Heban

ACCAD Alumni

Lakshika Udakandage

Graduate Student

Jeremy Baker

ACCAD Alumni

John Luna

Graduate Student, Dance

Vita Berezina-Blackburn

Project Advisor, ACCAD

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