52 Portraits is a series of filmed portraits of dancers, each accompanied by sung autobiographies. It captures the profound, funny and surprising power of their subjects, revealing the stories, thoughts and struggles of dancers in an unexpected way.
Created by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and video maker Hugo Glendinning, the idea behind the project was to capture both the individual and unexpected brilliance of individual performers, but also the larger collective concerns of dance artists, which accumulate over the course of the 52 films. Originally conceived as a digital project, it began with elements of the familiar and shared – inspiration, fear, delight and freedom the art form engenders, as well as the darker worries about injury and performance. These short gestural portraits were released singly online each week during 2016 and now form the chapters of this film.
What emerges is a political and sociological gesture, interrogating the numerous ways artists are subject to hierarchies, stereotypes and marginalisation of any kind. The result is a hugely varied and personal story of what it means to be a dancer.
- Norwegian premiere
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