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Towards Mathilde

Towards Mathilde

Towards Mathilde

cast: Mathilde Monnier

year: 2005

colour: yes

certificate:

director: Claire Denis

runtime: 84

Mathilde Monnier is France’s foremost contemporary choreographer. An explorer of post-modern theory, she has acquired a formidable reputation. World famous French director Claire Denis (Beau travail, Friday Night) looks for parallels between her own work and that of Monnier, as she documents the birth, formulation, and performance of a radical new dance piece by Monnier. Using both Super-8 and Super-16 cameras, Denis covers a large field of creative ingenuity, from Monnier warming up, directing, and practicing performances herself, to a few behind-the-scenes looks at creating stage design, as well as several rather remarkable practice performances by Monnier’s dancers. Three different productions are caught in various stages in the documentary, and Denis’ impressionistic, elliptical style captures both the beauty of movement and the spontaneous conceptual grace of Monnier’s choreography.

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