Dance and fashion have long made for beautiful bedfellows. And with its inherent ability to defy gravity, time, space, and logic, when you add the component of film/video, such a marriage can be utterly orgasmic. This one-minute short is evidence of all these factors at play, and while I don’t know what it is or what it might be, I for one don’t need a story to enjoy Me: Story of a Performance.
Since its release over a year ago, Me: Story of a Performance has been an official entry in over 15 international dance film festivals, including the Pompidou Centre, Paris for the “A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival”. This short teaser for the longer film includes underwater shots – which are almost always beautiful – close ups, and graphics that are clearly meant to echo the movement itself. The POV is mostly frontal and the overall tone is a little melodramatic but the images in tandem with the score are exciting, and as its just one minute long I was left wanting more.
Me: Story of a Performance includes strong dance and choreography by Johanna Nuutinen, direction and script by Jopsu and Timo Ramu of MUSUTA Ltd, beautiful camera work by Mark Stubbs, styling by Minuttu Vesala, and score by Jukka Backlund. Juha-Matti Neiminen produced the film in collaboration with Musuta and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.