Thursday, 31 March 2011

Torvill & Dean It Ain't

There's nothing that brightens up a dull winter Sunday more than watching vaguely well known people risk breaking limbs learning to skate on Dancing On Ice.  Thrills, spills, dangerous stunts and fit blokes who aren't scared of pink sequins.  It ticks so many of my boxes.

The 2011 series ended this weekend with the most unpredictable final ever and EastEnders actor Sam Attwater hitting his peak at exactly the right time to win over children's TV presenter Laura Hamilton.

In tribute to the final's traditional Bolero skate-off (and to get over the withdrawal symptoms) I've hunted down an animated version directed by Mario Cavalli in 1993.

This uses a repeated clip of Ravel's music and two motion-captured dancers.  As the video progresses it becomes increasingly abstract and starts playing games with your memory.  It's as remarkable as it is beautiful.

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