Capturing dance in a way that shows fidelity to the energy and intricacy of the art form is difficult, but "WHAT I’M DANCING ABOUT: Ian Eastwood" is a dynamic look at the work and philosophies of Choreographer Ian Eastwood that certainly succeeds in that endeavor with its unique filming style.
Dancers and choreographers are known for being very picky about allowing themselves to be filmed, often lamenting that the medium detracts from the vividness of a live performance. Martha Graham didn't allow her work to be filmed until she was 64, though the result is chock full of beautiful nuggets of wisdom from a true artist. I'd agree that dance is an especially difficult subject to capture in a manner that remains faithful to the energy, geometric intricacy, and expression it exudes.
Commissioned by Ray-Ban, Director Tim Nackashi and Cinematographer Alexander Nikishin capture Ian Eastwood's choreography in a striking way. By placing two cameras 180 degrees opposite each other and cutting between the two perspectives very quickly, the almost stroboscopic background stands in stark contrast to Eastwood's fluid movement, matching his energy and style. The effect is certainly arresting, but I found it a rather effective way to highlight a talented choreographer's work.
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