|Collaborators||Ross MacGibbon (Director) and Yolande Snaith (Choreographer)|
|One line synopsis||A ballet based on A Lover’s Discourse (1979) by French philosopher and semiotician, Roland Barthes.|
Man in bed. VO "A lover talking talks unpredictably, like a fly buzzing round a room…" Man gets out of bed and dresses, lights a cigarette, pours coffee, all intercut with woman dancing by pendulum. Man smoking; couple dancing. His VO continues intermittently. Man starts metronome and plays patience; first woman dancing, joined by second male dancer. His VO continues intermittently.Man in bedroom says "I must be mad to be in love..." He continues talking while dancers move around him. "Nothing to be frightened of." Shower of manuscript papers. Man sorting them. Typing. Captions repeat some of his words: "The Beginning", "skin/caress", "There is NO certainty", "there is only chance", etc. He types, ties up pages, drinks coffee, writes, etc. "Will I be… loved?" All four dancers. Man, with pendulum, saying "I want to do myself a mischief… Seven times falling on your face, eight times getting up again."Second couple. Joined by first couple. Man manoeuvres pendulum. Man hurls pendulum shouting "I’m guilty… I accept the blame…", He describes what he’ll do. Second woman and pendulum. Man’s VO continues. All four dancers. Man undressing intercut with dancers. Solo by first male dancer; man’s VO asking "How does a love end?... All its brilliance suddenly black…" Pendulum. Credits.
|Running time||28 minutes|
Devised and Choreographed by Yolande Snaith.
|Film segment||Swinger - ACE348.2|
|Swinger - ACE348.3|
|Swinger - ACE348.4|
|Web address (URL)||https://player.bfi.org.uk/free|