Watch Dancers Rip Holes in the Fabric of Space-Time

Thanks to reality-augmenting editing techniques, Julie Gratz's dancers exist simultaneously in Brooklyn and Martha's Vineyard.

by Beckett Mufson
Feb 12 2015, 7:45pm

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A well-executed dance can be moving both to performers and spectators alike, but in the case of Julie Gratz's Alkaline, the choreography literally transports her performers through space. In the short film, dancers Leslie Hubilla and Michael Esteban flit back and forth between a Brooklyn railyard and the lush greenery of Martha's Vineyard, two of the filmmaker's favorite places. Thanks to Gratz's reality-augmenting editing techniques, every leap and pirouette seems to tear a hole in our universe's very fabric.

Watch the short below, then check out some stills where the filmmaker's additions look like great swaths of paint interacting with the dancers.

Visit Julie Gratz's website to see more of her work, and check out production company Kaleidovision for more beautiful music visuals.


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