Elyakim (Peter) Taussig

1987, 10:50 minutes, Colour, English


Limbough is a comment on the process of artistic creation (out-on-a-limb, limbo, limbough). A choreographer attempts to create a stage work against the odds of an uncooperative and rowdy cast. This attempt to exact coherence out of chaos is a metaphor for all creative activity. Most of the action occurs off screen or else is barely visible in the distance, creating a sense of striving and frustration in the viewer. When we finally are rewarded by coming closer to the action, the dance disintegrates before our eyes. But while the elusive goal of the artist/choreographer may not have been achieved, the record of the failed attempt is a work of art in itself.

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