IF WHEN

A passage from the program notes for the world premiere of Frame by Frame based on the life and work of Norman McLaren

I went to London and went to the ballet; I’d never seen ballet before and was utterly fascinated, because I saw several types of ballet. But I was more interested in the nondramatic ballet, the ballet of movement and the creation of the choreography and the changing forms and patterns on the stage. If I’d been born in London and could have gone to the ballet from the age of 8 or 10, I might have wanted to be a ballet dancer and eventually a choreographer.

In a sense he played with forms and patterns in his animated films. The attention to repetition and form is even evident even in the prose about dance.

And so for day 2732
06.06.2014

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