AN UNCANNY HYBRID.
Things aren’t where they’re supposed to be.
QUICK SLICE, a film installation, explores how film and bodies can overlap and transform utilitarian spaces.
The cinematic story begins with nine portraits of solitude. This eclectic crew of strangers converge over a quick slice inside the neutrality of a pizza shop. It’s a casual, no bullshit, non-committal community hub. Inconsequential moments morph into surreal dance montages where Bob Fosse’s choreography is undressed from its historic narrative and re-summoned inside this quintessential NYC locale. At its heart, this is a narrative is about unexpected intimacy between lonely strangers.
We installed this film in the bathroom of New York Live Arts, a seminal dance institution in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. Viewers entered intending to use the toilet and instead they encountered a visceral dreamworld utilizing multi-channel projections and soundscape — caught between the characters’s gaze, and catching shards of story projected onto their own body. This was free and open to the public.
Inspired by Netta Yerushalmy’s PARAMODERNITIES
Directed by Lily Baldwin
Produced by Brighid Greene
Video Installation Design by Joseph Seamans
Sound Mix by Mark degli Antoni
Cinematography by Ben Wolf
Stills by Courtney Denk
Starring Lily Baldwin, Henry Chesley, Geneva Frazier, Dean Melaas, Toni Melaas, Katharine Padulo, Wally Padulo, Angie Pittman, Peggy Schneider, Gus Solomons Jr., Amy Meisner Threet
New York Live Arts March 11- April 1, 2019 (preview)