Summerhall until September 27th 2012
4 stars There's something heroic about David Michalek's three-screen sequel of sorts to his similarly styled Slow Dancing triptych of larger-than-life slo-mo studies of dancers in motion, first seen in 2007. Where in that piece five blink-and-you'll-miss-em seconds apiece were stretched out to ten minutes of extended play performed by professionals, the choreography applied here is to a more diverse array of long, short, tall and less whippet-like physiques. Seen largely naked, acting out routines of every-day movement, Michalek's subjects – a woman with a double mastectomy, a bearded old man shifting bags of cement in his Y-Fronts, a couple holding their baby aloft – become monumental pin-ups striking a pose, as every sinew, muscle and twitch is accentuated and buffed into shape. As a conscious form of homage to and reinvention of cinematic and photographic techniques pioneered in the nineteenth century by Eadward Muybridge, Michalek's film may look as glossy as a coffee-table magazine spread made flesh. As each figure blurs into the next, however, there's a strength beyond the seductively hypnotic display, as imperfection blurs into beauty en route.
The List, September 2012