April 12, 13, 14 @ 3pm
April 16 @ 7pm +++++ SECOND PERFORMANCE ADDED @ 8:30PM
FADO ARTIST TALK / FREE
April 14 @ 4:30pm
Moderated by Andrew James Paterson
IMAGES ARTIST TALK / FREE
April 15 @ 4pm
Urban Space Gallery (401 Richmond Street West)
Performance and Media Art: Tools with Which to Deconstruct
With Francesco Gagliardi, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater
Pick up your copy of Andrew James Paterson’s commissioned essay “Dangling That Rope” at The Theatre Centre Pop-Up starting on April 12. Booklet design by Lisa Kiss Design.
Download "Dangling That Rope" here.
Created by Francesco Gagliardi
Performed by Michael Caldwell, Francesco Gagliardi, Marcin Kedzior and Cara Spooner
Film: Rope explores the relationship between cinematic space and the space of live performance, and our ways of interpreting and recollecting the experience of movement within the film frame.
“In Film: Rope, Gagliardi has accentuated the simultaneous clash and fusion of different disciplines by using as source material a film that has been controversial at a number of different levels: Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948). Rope is something of an anomaly within the Hitchcock canon, as it is directed to appear as if consisting almost entirely of one continuous shot. In this respect it breaks the modernist dictum that film should not appear simply to be recorded theatre. The film eschews montage altogether.”
(Andrew James Paterson, Dangling That Rope)
Rope (1948) is considered one of Alfred Hitchcock's most experimental films. Containing only four unmasked cuts, it was shot in single 10 minute takes (the length of a camera roll), tracking in an out of black surfaces (the back of a jacket or a piece of furniture) to create the illusion of even longer continuous shots. This virtuoso technique, which required the constant shifting of stage walls, furniture, and props to make way for the camera, was partly developed by the director in order to convey the illusion of theatrical real time and continuous space.
By paradoxically attempting to re-embody and transpose the movements and positions of the characters in the film in relation to a live audience, Film: Rope perversely exposes and explores the discontinuities and incongruities between cinema and live performance.
Part of the 26th Images Festival
The Images Festival runs from April 11-20, 2013
Thanks to Lisa Kiss Design, Chris Gehman, Henry Chan, The Theatre Centre.
Photo credit: Film still from Rope (1948), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.