Archived’it is an experimental HTML5 and JavaScript project that allows anyone to create their own version of ‘‘Dance on Steps’’, a dance film from 1934, re-imagined to a soundtrack provided by the acclaimed Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds

 


About the Archive:
Dartington Hall is a 1200-acre estate in South Devon (UK). In 1925 Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst purchased the neglected 14th century estate and poured their resources into the "Dartington Experiment". Dartington became a magnet for artists, architects, writers, philosophers and musicians from around the world.

A bit about the process:
Back in summer 2011 Neon Dance choreographer Adrienne Hart pitched the idea of working with the Dartington Hall Trust Archive Collection to create a web application that would encourage an online audience to engage with the archive creatively.

A year on, and with the help of filmmaker Alice Powell, web developer Luke Shumard and composer Ólafur Arnalds, Archived’it was born!

"Dance on Steps" features the enchanting dance and mime student Teda de Moor performing angular and bound movement, swaying back and forth as she progresses up constructed stairs on a stage.

Adrienne taught herself Teda de Moor’s movement, before developing her own choreographic response. The material generated by this process was filmed in a green room and then integrated into the original footage.

‘‘For Teda’’ by Ólafur Arnalds is available to buy digitally and as a limited vinyl release on the excellent independent label Erased Tapes.

 

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