Ready to Surrender?
I love seeing when film and dance merge to give us something that is uniquely about, and makes the best of the intersections of these two distinct mediums. Ready to Surrender is just such a short film. A feast of light and color, smart and beautifully executed choreography, camera work, and editing, it doesn’t hurt that the dancers are also stunning to look at as human beings.
Two women, a red head and a brunette, their wet hair flying as they face off and manipulate each others bodies in a physical war of wills. Overhead shots of a group of dancers discernable by the palette of their costume design as they move against a blown out white background. A body caught mid flight at an impossible angle passing through the frame, captured before either departure from, or landing on to the ground… All these moments coalesce beautifully in this exquisite short directed, shot, and edited by Maceo Frost, and choreographed by Mari Carrasco. Stylish, hip, and smart, with a great score, Ready to Surrender is, according to the liner notes on NOWNESS, “a pulsating dance about daring to fall”.
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Whatever the subject, it’s nothing if not a series of breathtaking moments that are beautifully lit, shot, danced, directed, edited, choreographed, and compiled into a whole that does stunning service to the sum of its parts, and stands as an ode to the union of dance and film.
Be Ready to Surrender… Enjoy.
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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