Spoleto Festival USA announced the installation of photographer David Michalek’s "Slow Dancing" in Marion Square during this year's event.
The large-scale video exhibition - including three five-story screens - will be set up near the corner of King and Calhoun streets, and will run continuously from 9 pm to 11 pm each evening from May 27th to June 8th. The exhibit will be free for all passersby.
Spoleto Festival USA General Director Nigel Redden and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg will provide opening remarks on Saturday, May 27th at 8:45 pm.
Conceived and directed by Michalek, and first mounted in 2007 for New York City’s Lincoln Center Festival, "Slow Dancing" features silent, high-definition videos showing 43 dancers moving at less than one-hundredth of their original speed. To create the film, Michalek asked the subjects to prepare five seconds of movement, of which Michalek recorded at 1,000 frames per second. Through this process, each five-second clip was transformed into roughly 10 minutes, drawing out every minuscule movement to a mesmerizing effect. The 44 dancers in the films vary in age, movement style, body shape, ethnicity, and gender. A full list is available here.
The full 2017 program and an event calendar can be found here.
Tickets for other Spoleto events can be purchased by phone at 843-579-3100 and online at spoletousa.org. Tickets can also be purchased in person through the Spoleto Festival USA Box Office at the Gaillard Center (95 Calhoun Street) beginning on Monday, May 1.