Film: 136

Dance | 1920 | Silent | Colour


Exotic dance 1920's

(Appears to be running back-to-front probably for artistic effect). Dancers Kniaseff and Drosdoff in an Egyptian Dance.Illuminated on black stage, two men kneel in ancient Egyptian-type character pose. They wear loin cloths and turbans/headress. They dance together in highly dramatic and stylised way. There are lifts and jumps between them. The moves are balletic with a strong homoerotic energy to them. The dance becomes highly physical, with repeated spins and lifts. The hand and leg movements remain angular and classical in style. There is a similarity here to the style of dance found in the choreography of Vaslav Nijinsky.

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