Dance Practise

Dance Practise, 1995
Video film, 4 mins, colour with sound
With Douglas Gordon and Jonathan Monk

A lone character, stripped to the waist, is seen dancing to the familiar opening chords of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, being played on drums and guitar in the background. The opening refrain ends but there’s no verse. The sound fades and the dancer waits for the opening four bars to begin again. The opening four bars are probably the most exciting part of any song, cutting out the excess the dancer dances repeatedly to the same short piece.

 

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