Jane Avril – Solo Cancan Dance and Solo Dance, 2019, 2021

Jane Avril – Solo Dance
Jane Avril – Solo Cancan Dance
Video loops and installation
Projections on folding walls, 2 m x 1,85 m (78 x 72 in) and 2m x 1,20 m (78×47 in)

No filmed recording exists of Jane Avril dancing, but written sources describe her movements as very energetic, erratic and jerky. She is described as having a refined strangeness and elegance. Avril improvised while performing and drew the movements from within herself.

In two video loops I try to channel her while performing and immerse myself in her stage persona. In the first loop I invoke her as the solo cancaneuse with an alluring, seductive smile, but with a hint of madness.

In the second loop she is the sombre slow dancer who improvises her movements as she channels a convulsive power from within, and sinks into a rapid, ecstatic twirl.