Floor Falls by Jennifer Paterson, Abby Warrilow and Lewis Gourley is the first completed 1 minute screendance commission. Premiered at screen.dance June 20th, 2020 and since screened in a range of international festivals.
A women stands, takes a breath, and moves. Arching back extending further than seems possible, she steps forward, rising up onto the tip of her toe and over the threshold. We see blackness then she appears. Rotating and twisting, the camera and her dance around each other. She suspends, or has the floor fallen? We focus in on her as she walks in air, gravity free, not knowing where we are, what is up and what is down. Spinning through the space, gradually we see her disappearing, focus fading and she is gone.
Floor Falls is a collaboration between award winning film makers Lewis Gourlay and Abby Warrilow of Cagoule and aerial dance choreographer Jennifer Paterson of All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, featuring dancer Freya Jeffs. This short dance for screen brings together aerial harness techniques with dance for camera.