Choros: Mesmerizing Cinema

By Cliff Yung on November 8, 2013

The illusion of a thousand arms extends through the space as they follow each concentrated movement of its predecessor. Quietly, the performers step one after the other into their previous image. Certainly, each of the 32 dancers mirrored one another perfectly, creating an afterimage after afterimage, a mirage of feeling. An image captured in a short film, Choros.

Michael Langan enumerated the each minute movements of his subject Terah Mahler creating an unsettling yet moving experience from a single dancer followed by 32 afterimages. The film alternates between a continuous dance and a slow periodic two step. The hypnotic touch from the afterimages, each thousand Shiva-like hand, whispers an odd inspiration that lies between fiction and reality.

These hand gestures (afterimages) lie akin and were inspired by the work of chronophotography. The idea of chronophotography is to capture the image after image of a moving subject and plaster it one on the other. From the capture each small motion, chronophotography aims to show the kinetic motion of the object in question. However, no one has completely realized the true potential of projecting chronophotography with constant movement within a static setting.

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Then came along Canadian filmmaker?Norman McLaren, he adapted the technique of chronophotography to a groundbreaking film entitled?”Pas de Deux.” But, he was not able to realize his dream due to being limited by technology of his time.?Michael Langan pays homage to Norman as Michael uses “Pas de Deux”?s original music “Music for 18 Musicians” by Steve Reich.

Michael Langan has turned fiction into reality. Choros fully utilizes each line to innovate chronophotography in mesmerizing the audience with each gesture within a quiet dance. His work successfully bridges each afterimage on one another, unsettling the mind but gestures the viewer to continue viewing. Just watch:?Choros



By Cliff Yung

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