Ellen on the Rope

Rental Format(s): 16mm film

Performer: Ellen Fisher Bass Improvisation by Steve Banks

"Ellen on the Rope is an energetically expressive study of performer Ellen Fisher working out on the rope in her Lodge Hall rehearsal space, itself a handsome room of classical proportions and lighting. Sousa's film studies Fisher's strenuous activity from a series of vantage points, creating a strobing rhythm by crossing the camera's shutter speed with the rate of the rope traversing its frame. Unlike other athletic film studies, usually focused on body properties or close-ups of muscular exertion, Ellen on the Rope directs our attention more towards physics, tracing the dynamics and energy of Ellen's patterns through space with a camera that progresses from tripod stillness to sympathetic motion. A simple exercise, this film offers a fine example of two artists working out together on rope and celluloid."
B. Ruby Rich, Chicago Reader, 1979

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16mm film $35.00  

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