When I was researching the work of Wendy Morgan who directed the beautiful short promo featured in last week’s ScreenDance Diaires for rag & bone, I got completely wrapped up in another work of hers, a music video for “Happy,” from C2C.
Composed of four French DJs, Atom and Pfel from Beat Torrent, and 20Syl and Greem from Hocus Pocus, C2C have been making music together since 1998, although this is my first time hearing of them. The feel of “Happy” (not to be confused with artist Pharrell Williams’ song & music video of the same title) is perfectly captured with a narrative video depicting Storyboard P (yet again!) as an evangelical preacher whose “touch” from above transforms his subjects into dancing fool believers.
Opening outside in a dusty lot amidst a gathering of trailers and set against the ominous sound of church bells in the background, “Happy” begins with an almost surreal dance by Storyboard P. As worshippers make their way past him into a tented church complete with raw strung light bulbs and a make shift altar, the rhythm and pace picks up and Storyboard zeroes in on one lone figure, who soon gets the touch and starts his own fancy footwork. The video continues as several more initiates are brought into the fold, and all of them contribute their signature moves to the choreography.
I love the set, the overall palette of the film, and the amazing camerawork that captures fantastic dance moments that made me swoon. The more I watched the happier I got.
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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.
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