POOL SHINE 09.09.15

The Very Eye of Night

Still aus The Very Eye of Night, 1958. Mit Genehmigung von Re:Voir The laws of macro- and microcosm are alike. Travel in the interior is as a voyage in outer space: we must in each case burst past the circumference of our surface – our here-space and now-time – and, cut loose from the anchorage […]

Maya Deren
1958
00:15:00

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Still aus The Very Eye of Night, 1958. Mit Genehmigung von Re:Voir

The laws of macro- and microcosm are alike. Travel in the interior is as a voyage in outer space: we must in each case burst past the circumference of our surface – our here-space and now-time – and, cut loose from the anchorage of an absolute, fixed center, enter worlds where the relationship of parts is the sole gravity. When the sun sets, the stars become apparent; when our eyes close out the light to sleep, there rises in the night-eye the constellation by which sleep-walkers plot their incalculable accuracies. By day we move according to desire and decision; by night Noctambulo advances without moving, led by the twins Gemini (as the eyes are twins or as the I of night is twin to that of day.) It is by the dark geometry of such celestial navigation that the day‘s erratic negotiations are corrected and reconciled into the total orbits of our lives. 

The film is in the negative. The blackness of night erases all horizon and, released from the leveling pressure of this plane, the movements both of the dancers and of the camera become as four-dimensional and directional as those of birds in air or fish in water. 

Maya Deren: Chamber Films, program notes for a presentation, 1960

  • #Title: The Very Eye of Night
  • #Director: Maya Deren
  • #Choreography: Antony Tudor, Metropolitan Opera Ballet School
  • #Year of Production: 1958
  • #Duration: 00:15:00
  • #Dance and Acting: Philp Salem, Rosemary Williams, Richard Englund, Richard Sandifer, Don Freisinger, Patricia Ferrier, Barbara Levin, Bud Bready, Genaro Gomez
  • #Camera: Maya Deren
  • #Editing: Maya Deren
  • #Sound: Teiji Ito
  • #Foley: Harrison Starr