A collaboration between Geoffrey Armes and Choreographer Christine Dakin. Filmed during the summer of 2007, this nine minute dance film was directed and edited by Robert Dodson. The cast features Nya Bowman, Helen Hansen, Brenda Nieto, Liz-Lotte Pitlo, Gabriela Prieto, and Rebecca Van Kessel.
It was the explosion in online video that got us thinking about creating a film or music video for Noor. It didn't take long for us to realize that given the kind of collective experience that we have, it was inevitable that said work would incorporate contemporary dance. I originally approached Christine Dakin thinking that she'd steer me towards an appropriate choreographer, but she immediately offered to accept that role herself. We set to work selecting the dancers, some of whom had already expressed warm appreciation for the music and the concepts informing the project, others came in on the basis of their love for myself or Christine. All are extremely gifted both technically and expressively. The concern was that the 'right' people should join us. We discussed the meaning of Noor's life, the pathway walked between inner work and work in the world, and the kind of inner resilience she needed to walk that which, seemingly, was ordained for her. They, Christine and the cast, created and rehearsed together through a hot summer. When not in a sweaty studio without air-conditioning they were either in a dank tunnel or on a broiling roof reliving via movement something of Noor's experience. We visited, commented, went away, waited. Ready after ninety hours, we then filmed over two days with rented lights and a fair amount of graft. The results are now uploaded on this page.
More photos from the shoot.
Copyright 2008 Geoffrey Armes