Second Nature

Second Nature

Release date:

1993

Running time:

8.5 minutes

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Closed Captioned:

No

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Second Nature features dancers Linda Arkelian and Wei Wen Wang in a pas de deux choreographed by Judith Marcuse. Echoing the natural life process of generative morphology, in which one form gives rise to another form, the film uses superimposed imagery: each dancer separates from their own form and the pas de deux becomes a "pas de deux à quatre corps."

"The characters are bound together by their nature; but their superimposed alter-egos are not so bound, and can detach and observe. The male figure is at first unaware of his dual nature (a theme found in the novels of Max Frisch and Kobo Abe) until the female observer makes him aware."
     - Daniel Conrad

Award(s): Chosen for "Best of the Fest Shorts" special screening, Seattle International Film Festival; Silver Award, New York Dance on Camera Festival

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Also available as a 16mm print with advanced notice.

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