September 18, 2007



I'm having a screening in NY on September 19 at 6:30pm at EAI 535 West 22nd Street, 5fl., NYC . And it's free. I will be showing a recently restored copy of "Hail the New Puritan" (1985-6), (I haven't seen it look so good since I first made it). I will also be showing excerpts from my recent "Instant Fame" installation in London, and from my live collaborations with Fennesz, and Antony and the Johnsons. Then I will answer all of your questions (well, most). I know most of you have seen the Michael Clark film, but if you know people who haven't -- spread the word.


Hail the New Puritan

Charles Atlas

1985-86, 84:47 min, color, sound

Exhuberant and witty, Hail the New Puritan is a simulated day-in-the-life "docufantasy" starring the British dance celebrity Michael Clark. Atlas' fictive portrait of the charismatic choreographer serves as a vivid invocation of the studied decadence of the 1980s post-punk London subculture. Contriving a faux cinema-verite format in which to stage his stylized fiction, Atlas seamlessly integrates Clark's extraordinary dance performances into the docu-narrative flow. Focusing on Clark's flamboyantly postured eroticism and the artifice of his provocative balletic performances, Atlas posits the dance as a physical manifestation of Clark's psychology. From the surreal opening dream sequence to the final solo dance, Clark's milieu of fashion, clubs and music signifies for Atlas "a time capsule of a certain period and context in London that's now gone."

Director/Editor: Charles Atlas. Choreography: Michael Clark. Dancers: Gaby Agis, Leslie Bryant, Michael Clark, Matthew Hawkins, Julie Hood, Ellen van Schuylenburch. Music: Glenn Branca, The Fall, Bruce Gilbert, Jeffrey Hinton. Camera: John Simmons. Producer: Jolyon Wimhurst.


Blogger Star Queen said...

Forgive ma, I'm not a'cultured as thou art

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is very good, but the real masterpiece (and with one of Leigh Bowery's greatest roles) is "Because We Must," the OTHER video feature that Charles Atlas made with the Michael Clark dance troupe.

Please, Charles, if you're reading this: re-release "Because We Must on DVD! A new generation needs to see it.

10:18 AM  

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