The Vital be with me
To play the body move
To dance and draw power
Of within and without
From a friendly Greatness,
A synthesis of All
Dance on Film
© Saranjit Birdi 2004
This is the first explorative dance work I have created and
developed, with assistance from technical support and facilitators,
on the ‘Incubator’ Programme at VIVID (Oct 03-Jan
04) and additional editing at the Technology and Innovation
Centre (TIC), Birmingham.
It fuses dance, poetry, music and architecture and is the first
time I have experienced a synthesis in art, a physical, mental
and spiritual consummation.
Although I had a strong sense of direction, the work was produced
organically, using spontaneity and improvisation. Studio camera
work was facilitated and shot by Barry Thomas who also recited
I shot the architectural footage first then danced in response
to the visual images as they were projected onto the wall. A
monitor was positioned so that I could see the shot in frame.
The film was then edited down to 7min on Final Cut Pro3.
I then sampled a series of live-recorded percussion sounds and,
with the help of technical staff, produced a sound track, with
digital beats added, to reflect the movement and textures of
the visual image.
The poem was recited separately was later overlaid, along with
the sound track, to the film using Deck 3 software. The whole
was shot on a digital video and edited on a Mac G4 computer.
Copies of Follow are available on request.
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