Sharon Lockhart: Goshogaoka
Thursday January 14, 2016, 7:00 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents
Sharon Lockhart: Goshogaoka
MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sharon Lockhart’s Goshogaoka (1997) portrays the exercise routines of a girls’ basketball team in suburban Japan in six uninterrupted, ten-minute long takes. As it unfolds, however, the drills reveal themselves to be subtly choreographed, creating a mesmerizing reflection on the musical, theatrical, and documentary qualities of cinema. With its elegant transformation of everyday movements into dance, Lockhart’s film simultaneously engages the traditions of experimental film, post-modern dance, and visual ethnography. Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA is proud to present Goshogaoka with Lockhart in person to introduce and discuss the film, preceded by Tacita Dean’s Merce Cunningham. First Performance of STILLNESS (In Three Movements) to John Cage's Composition 4'33" with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007 (2007), a riveting performance-portrait of the choreographer near the end of his career, prompting deep reflection on the passing of time.
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Programmed by Madison Brookshire
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Merce Cunningham. First Performance of STILLNESS (In Three Movements) to John Cage's Composition 4'33" with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007
By Tacita Dean
2007, 16mm, color, sound, 5 minutes
This single screen version of what was to become a six film installation was originally made for 'Il Tempo de Postino' at the Manchester International Festival. In this static-camera take whose elegance belies its layered complexities, Tacita Dean films Merce Cunningham performing STILLNESS, a dance he choreographed for John Cage’s 4’33”, a work in three movements. Also known as the “silent sonata,” 4’33” is perhaps Cage’s most provocative composition, yet it is also quite modest. 4’33” asserts that the sounds that are always already given are equal to if not greater than any music that could cover them. Cunningham’s nearly motionless choreography mirrors Cage’s music, using the stillness of his body to call attention to both his form and the surrounding space: dance at its most elemental. In documenting this performance, Dean also creates a moving portrait of an artist near the end of his career. Far from empty, the time reveals itself to be full of affect. –Madison Brookshire
By Sharon Lockhart
1997, 16mm, color, sound, 63 minutes
Filmed in a middle school gymnasium in suburban Japan, Goshogaoka takes as its ostensible subject the exercise routines and drills of a girls’ basketball team. The film consists of six ten-minute takes, shot with a fixed camera at court level, in which the various cadences of chanting voices and bodily movements digress into distinct studies. Taken together they construct a subtle and multi-layered social portrait, a portrait framed within a study of choreographed movements (the routines, etc.) and therefore one in which documentary values soon become inseparable from aesthetic ones. And as there are no games, scrimmages, or barking coaches here, just the girls and their routines, the image is not so much one of contest and gamesmanship but of individuation within a scene of group cooperation. A scene, by the way, where shyness, camera shyness included, goes hand in hand with an odd sense of social comfort. –Sharon Lockhart
Image © Sharon Lockhart, Goshogaoka, 1997
Courtesy the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.