Loop on 7 projections
Katarzyna Kozyra?s installation The Rite of Spring takes its title from a ballet scored by Igor Stravinski and choreographed by Vaclav Nijinsky (1913) and considers the larger questions of dance and performance art from a historically informed and critical perspective. Within three years Kozyra has animated and edited together a sequence of movements, frame after frame, 12000 photos. The layered arrangement of the viewing screens emphasises this simultaneity. After the initial filming of the pure movements, the film is animated, accentuating the re-centered gravity of the dancer?s bodies. Despite the animation, and perhaps due to it, the jerky and hysteric gestures create the same sensations of urgency and dread that one experiences in Nijinsky's work.