You can't create yourself, you just experiment your own metamorphosis. The essence was written at the beginning, very early, very clearly, very quickly. Afterwards, life is having fun...
I have created this "Metamorphosis" project - 14 photographs and a movie - following an idea I had at the back of my mind for a while... I created it as an homage to all the performing artists, especially dancers, I guess I know them just a little bit, after all these years...
Aurelie Dupont & Jeremie Belingard, principal dancers from Paris Opera, joined me in this new adventure.
The film (7"07'07 long) has been transcended by the music of Nicolas Jaar.
The "Metamorphosis" project is taking part in the "Dance & Fashion" exhibition at the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in NYC, from september 13th 2014 to January 3rd 2015.
A symposium will take place on October 23rd & 24th, I will be honored to talk with Dr Valerie Steele, Curator of the Museum, on the 24th at 2pm. Entrance is free so you are more than welcome to attend the conference if you are in NYC !
8 images out of the complete 14 images story... :
Trailer of the film :
Aurelie Dupont & Jeremie Belingard, filmed by Ann Ray - aka Anne Deniau -, music by Nicolas Jaar, Museum at FIT, NYC
And the flow of inspirations... :
Who am I ? I am the man in movement, inhabited by all the characters that made my art alive. Let me tell you, Ladies & Gentlemen, it’s crowded in there. As much costumes as roles, so many deep dives to try and solve the equation of sublime. Density. And here she is. Perfection, if you want an imperfect word. Floating in the air, like a vanishing ideal, almost reachable. Sometimes approached, hardly touched, never captured. Or maybe just an illusion that looked once or twice like reality. She is my dream, my past and my future, my memory and my hope ; She is the silent whisper and I am the silent scream. Truth. Who am I ? I am the man who wears the second skin before the first move. Let me get out of the frame ! That is the condition for her to appear. Maybe. And if she does, everything will fall into place in my body and soul. Alchemy. Who am I ? I am the thesis and the antithesis, I am the victim and the perpetrator, I am the male and the female, I am the last one and the next one. I am capable of committing acts of tender violence. I am a fake imposter and I am a real prince. I can fly if asked gently, but I am condemned to gravitas. The weight of a man. How many costumes to fill my two suitcases ? Mysteries. Who am I ? I am the man who dares to say that the emperor is naked. I am the absolute beginner, in his brand new costume. I am the one who knows that she is not an angel. And nevertheless, if I can feel the soft caress of her wings, I know it will happen. And I want to make it happen. Metamorphosis. Ann Ray