My View: “Wallpapers”

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I would usually prefer uncut documentation of the live performers. That said, as a piece of dance film/video, Wallpapers does everything right. It forced me to redefine all of my above reservations. The use of effects is absolutely organic. Each cut is motivated and works as an extension of the onscreen dancers’ phrases. The collaborative energy between the dance ensemble, choreographer Jennifer Tarrazi-Scully, and filmmaker Jeff Roll is palpable. The dancers’ moves seem to play out a conflict between full-bodied elegant expression and staggered physical frustration or earthly limitation. And each camera staging and every cut balances the spontaneity and intimacy of these physical choices.

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