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26 May 2020

Blood Echoes

by Andrew MacGregor

Amy Gardner: “Blood Echoes” - 4 mins 41s

Over two hundred years after the Bolshoi Theatre opened its doors in 1776, Gabe Stone Shayer became the first black dancer to graduate from its prestigious ballet school. This nimbly atmospheric short film captures Philadelphia-born Shayer in full flow, demonstrating why he caught the Moscow dance elite’s eye in the first place.

The choreography is undeniably lithe and expressive, but it’s the soundtrack that really pulls you in. Fans of BBC Two miniseries Devs will recognise ‘Come Out’ by Steve Reich, and the track’s looped lyric (spoken by police brutality victim Daniel Hamm) is both hypnotic and disturbing. Shayer’s final flourish, meanwhile, feels like a palpable release of tension.

Film Production: My Accomplice Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Amy J Gardner
Producer: Anna Lauren Tufekci
Cinematographer: Andy Catarisano
Gaffer: Elliot Travis
Art Department: Pili Weeber
Choreography: Amy J Gardner
Editor: Daniel Antebi
Music: Come Out - Steve Reich

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