In Five Dances, Chip is a young dancer from the Midwest who is attempting to carve out a career for himself in New York City. Having just arrived in the city, Chip immediately feels the pressure to succeed. He begin training with a ballet master and three other students in a dancing studio located in the SoHo neighbourhood of New York.
Each dancer practises patiently, working together, yet still wary of each other and maintaining a competitive edge. Each graceful movement is captured in full detail, as the 18 year old Chip improves and impresses. Chip also manages to find love and friendship during his time in SoHo.
The son of a broken family, Chip eventually receives a troubling phone call. His mother calls him from Kansas to relay some terrible news about his family, requested that he return home to Kansas. Chip finds he has an important decision to make between pursuing his only opportunity to make it in the modern dance world, or return home to the sleepy Kansas town from which he came and focus his energies on everything he tried to leave behind him.
“The sensual movement of bodies through space creates a visual language whose infinite variations seduce and fascinate over the course of the film’s numerous rehearsals.”
“It’s the moments when director Alan Brown stops worrying about clarifying plot and character motivation and lets the performances bring those into being that makes this an authentic project.”
— Slant Magazine
“Five Dances is a well-crafted film without seeming intentionally so. It makes great use of its 83 minutes with a streamlined approach to the storytelling – wordless scenes that speak to certain things without actually saying them, glances that convey more than most dialogue ever could and enough care for the characters to take time to give us moments that provide greater insights into those characters.”
— Terrence Moss, Gay Essential
Did You Know?
A seemingly quiet film, Five Dances is tastefully choreographed, uniting the characters’ sensitive and emotional dances with the movement and placement of the camera. As a result, the typical verbal narrative is replaced by movement, the looks and behaviours of the characters, and dance, which are the quintessential elements of any successful ballet. Review our Gay Themed Films Here
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