CINEMA 2010 (4.35 min )
Cinéma is a black and white 16 mm film showing the dancer Rukmini Chatterjee. Via key elements such as gaze and gestures, the film explores issues on the notion of representation. Chatterjee confronts the spectators glare in an active and confrontational manner, at the same time as she communicates, by the use of ‘Bharatanatyam’ gestures. An act of negotiation appears between the dancer and the viewer by the scenic means of the film. The film thus investigates different cultural meeting points – on how the Orient is represented and seen in the Occident, touching upon how we look at “the others”. Formally, the inspiration for the film, is gathered from silent movies and experimental films from the 20th century, which in the same way as Barathanatyam, use expressive mimic and body language to visualize emotions and meanings.
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