Risible Chick

1993 — 6 min

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Risible Chick is a screendance work by Leslie Lindsay and Nick de Pencier, produced in 1993.

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Risible Chick is an indie paean to urban freneticism made on no budget and city savvy. Choreographer Leslie Lindsay's raucous, in-your-face dance attack was first performed live at Toronto's Dances for a Small Stage Rivoli Night Club series where it became an immediate critical and popular sensation. The movement references are ironic samplings of pop culture, modern dance technique and iconic social dance styles.

To effectively translate the cannonading energy of the piece's choreography to film, director Nick de Pencier, working in close collaboration with the choreographer and dancer, decided to marry it with equally terrorizing photography. Subways, alleys, video arcades, and others form a jump-cut backdrop to the dance as a leap taken onstage might land at the corner of Toronto's King and Bay streets in rush hour.

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