16.11.11

Ian Breakwell

I recently managed to catch Ian Breakwell's short film 'The Other Side' at Sheffield's Millennium Gallery.


Inspired by the regular tea dances that took place on the terraces of Bexhill-on-Sea’s De La Warr Pavilion (below), it was shot in 2002 on the upper balcony overlooking the sea.

As the sun slowly sets the camera pans the couples, who dance to Schubert's Notturno D897 in E Minor.
                                                
Then, all of a sudden,the dancers are gone and only the music and the view remain. We are left pondering the curiously fleeting passage of the dance and of our dance. It is beautiful, poignant, melancholic and enchanting, totally drawing you away from the everyday world into stillness and quiet contemplation. 

The exhibition runs until January 2nd.  

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