Les Méduses du Monde Entier (The Jellyfish of the World) is Chapter 9 of Sorrow Love Song, a freely interpreted choreography of Haruki Murakami’s best-seller novel The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles.
Originally it supposed to be a simple one-cam demo recording for the French dance company Kubilai Khan Investigations., but it got very inspiring and addictive, so we got carried away with ourselves (as usual) and recorded live 3 times (x 2 cams), then another afternoon without audience in order to work with the cameras on stage at the Maison de la Culture de Créteil (Paris) in 2005. Hence, it turned into a camera re-work that I’ve considered entering into dance film festivals and competitions but never really got around to.
You’ll forgive me for the mediocre video quality that is not really up to Vimean standards, but the hard disk I used at the time broke down on me with no salvaging options, and I have had no other need to reload the footage and re-capture. So for uploading purposes I ripped the DVD I had made at the time and put it back on a new timeline to re-export.
I subtitled only the text that is not repeated in order to leave some space for the wonderful artists I had the pleasure of recording.
We shot with an XL1s and and an XL2, and back then that was luxury! I’m especially grateful to my DP Sébastien Kriloff for having fought for 0 dB in spite of the often low light that I had thankfully managed to deal up about 10%.
Edited on FCP 4.5, audio and pre-mix came from the on-stage musician/composer/DJ Rui Owada. I ended up superimposing 9 video tracks (and about 20 audios) for the editing (and in fact I still work that way today). FCP Effects and titles took me up to about 16 V tracks that kept me on my toes and in my seat for 5 or 6 weeks for the full hour show.
If you like what you see, let me know with many comments and likes, and I’ll add chapters to make a little Vimeo series out of this.
Best from the Shack in snowy Hamburg!
PS: Recently added! see Chapter 5 of Sorrow Love Song: The Roots of Desire