Danse Noire, 2006

Music : Andrés Lewin Richter
Runtime: 3’33”
Over the years I have often visited and admired a small room at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Each time I have been captivated and happy in that space inhabited by the “Danseuses” of Edgar Degas. When gazing at their bronze presence in motionless choreography behind the cabinets displayed throughout the room I am always tempted to rescue them from their apparent immobility to trace the intuited gestures of their dance. That is how one day I shot, almost furtively, several roles of photographs. Months later, in my study, on copies of these photographs, I drew the paths that I perceived in the different poses of the dancing figures. Later, I created an endless number of black inks that served to “animate” the film Danse Noire; imaginary scenes of a pas de deux between the ink and the sculptured “Danseuses”. I owe the last scene in the film, where a jellyfish appears in the foreground, to having read “Degas, Danse Dessin” by Paul Valéry:  «Here, in the incomprehensible plenitude of water that appears to offer no resistance, these creatures enjoy the ideal mobility, they relax and gather their gleaming symmetries.»