Elon & Emmanuelle
While it’s a bit sweeter than is my usual wont, this week’s selection for ScreenDance Diaries is a viable exploration of the intersections of dance, imagination, young love, and a brick wall. Elon & Emmanuelle depicts a young woman who stops to sit at a bench accompanied by a humungous white balloon, and begins to refresh herself with a drink while staring at the wall in front of her. What happens seems to be a fantastical projection of her subconscious desires: an imagined and soon to become real courtship through dance between the girl and her new love, a young man who happens along with his bicycle and takes a seat beside her. All this unfolds in projection on the brick wall she sits facing.
While the mugging is a bit over the top at times, the choreography – more street than contemporary – has an engaging physicality and honesty, and the flattening of the dance onto the wall just works. I love the color palette and the music, and although it goes sadly un-used (and it’s white), I enjoyed the apparent homage to “The Red Balloon”— one of my all time favorite short films.
Heralding from Montreal, Elon & Emmanuelle is directed by Natalie Galazka, with music composed and played by Garth Stevenson, featuring choreography and dance by Elon Höglund and Emmanuelle Lê Phan. The short, based on and inspired by the street art of Banksy, ultimately succeeds as a lovely, imaginative, and very engaging fantasy of a dance film.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Founder/Director of Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival, Sarah Elgart is a Los Angeles based choreographer and director working under the auspice of Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow. Sarah creates original content for stage, screen, and site-specific venues. Her stage and site-works have been performed at alternative spaces including LAX Airport, The Skirball Center, Mark Taper Forum, Van Nuys Flyaway, The Bradbury Building, Jacob’s Pillow, INSITU Site-Specific Festival NY, and Loft Seven, where she created a rooftop work lit entirely by a hovering helicopter accompanied by Nels Cline (Wilco). Her work has been produced by venues including The Music Center, MASS MoCA, Dance Place, Los Angeles Theater Center, Mark Taper Forum and The International Women’s Theater Festival. In film Sarah has worked with noted directors including JJ Abrams, David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, and Anton Corbijn. Her own films include award-winning music videos, dance shorts, and an Emmy nominated PSA, and continue to be accepted into festivals internationally. In addition to teaching dance and film, Sarah writes a regular column, ScreenDance Diaries that focuses on the intersections of both genres internationally for online magazine Cultural Weekly. Sarah’s work has received support from organizations that include the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, California Arts Council and more. She is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Dance Film Lab, a Fellow of AFI’s Directing Women’s Workshop, and a director member of the DGA.