Why the Dance Scene in Ex Machina (2015) Is More Philosophical Than You Think

The dance scene in Garland’s Ex Machina is the most interesting scene in the movie and the best portrayal of Hegel’s Master-Slave dialectic in centuries. Definitely the best one on a disco beat. At first sight Ex Machina is about what makes an AI self conscious. Caleb, a young programmer, works for Bluebook (a Google-type… Read More Why the Dance Scene in Ex Machina (2015) Is More Philosophical Than You Think

[Modern Dance] Elenit (2019), Community in a Fantastic Absurd

Elenit, by Euripides Laskaridis // Osmosis, promised architectural modes of light and space, creative costumes, and to be a ‘comedy of the absurd’. This lured me into buying a ticket. It did not disappoint on all these points, but something else happened: I was a lot more touched by this absurd comedy dance theatre than… Read More [Modern Dance] Elenit (2019), Community in a Fantastic Absurd

Horror in Modern Dance, Cathedral (2019) and The Missing Door (2013)

Noel Carroll has defined the horror genre, a genre where our normal categories of the world are transgressed. According to him most of the genre entails stories – movies and books – but other art forms can be part of horror as well. Paintings, sculptures, dance.  A monstrous painting or sculpture can be enough to… Read More Horror in Modern Dance, Cathedral (2019) and The Missing Door (2013)