I don’t know if I told you this before, but I’m a Matrix fan. I was, actually. Matrix set a standard and so many movies followed (if you’re unaware of the Matrix effect, think no further than Tom Cruise’s Oblivion – it’s the latest in a long series of Matrix side effects in cinematography). As a Matrix fan (and I don’t really know why I thought of Matrix right now, but I did), I was a bit disappointed by the sequels to the first episode, but nonetheless, scenes remained engraved on my retina. Such as the Zion dance.
Remember the Zion dance? Cathartic – maybe that’s why Matrix popped in my mind when I saw Tilda dance and say that it’s a spiritual experience, not a dance. Dancing is a spiritual experience, if you do it right. If you’re doing it without thinking about it too much, if you just let the music guide you and flow through you.
After the jump, Tilda Swinton, my dahlings, dancing on Barry White’s ‘You’re The First, the Last, My Everything’!
And it is, a spiritual experience: first because it’s not just a clap-along kind of dancing but an actual participative dancing, she’s going through the audience and just enrolls as many people as she can in the rhythm.
All these (and much more) happened at the Ebertfest, Roger Ebert’s film festival which outlives him and keeps his name & legacy alive and strong.