GYRE-ATION; (2012); Beth Portnoy; Digi; TRT: 6.48
Gyre-ation is a visual exploration of resistance to and acceptance of the forces outside of ourselves.
“Gyre” is a circular or spiral form found in nature: rotating ocean currents; wind curl; concentric circles formed by leaves or flower petals. Gyre-ation is a visual exploration of resistance to and acceptance of the forces outside of ourselves. A woman whirls through a vortex of tension between natural and psychological patterns.
Gyre-ation as a “dance on camera work” seems to have a connection between the mind and the body, that not all “dance on camera” works have.
Is that how you see it?
gyre-ation is a dance for camera work. I was a choreographer and dancer for many years and primarily make dance films now. Amy Larimer (my collaborator/friend) and I attended a lecture called “Forgetting Fear,” which discussed the patterns of fear-based memories and the possible ways to erase them. The theories and visuals presented were really inspiring and we wanted to incorporate this into our ideas. We mixed real-time footage of Amy’s original choreography with stop motion and pixelation. It was important to us that the story have an emotional and personal context. The movement and animation were used as a means to express the feeling of being stuck in and controlled by psychological patterns.