Jottings in May I: appartement

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Previously I posted a set of drawings from the YouTube clip of this Mats Ek ballet, with the haunting music from Fläskkvartetten.  Before drawing those pieces, I watched the clip over and over, painting largely without looking on scraps of paper, trying to get the feeling and rhythm of the work.

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Each time I watch, I am struck by something new.  At the end, how hard she breathes as she beats upon the door.

Appartement II: pas de deux

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There is a grittiness, an edge, a rawness to this short clip of ballet.  It is not what you might call pretty.   This is courtship and it is about sex.

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These pencil and charcoal studies are derived from this clip from the Mats Ek ballet with the haunting strings of Fläskkvartetten (Innocent from Pärlor Från Svin).

Appartement I: closed door

Time is marked by alternating notes and pacing limbs.  Before the shut door, the woman plucks the courage to knock.

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A single chord and a sudden dip in posture mark this moment : a pause, an acknowledgment that with the knock, action has been taken, consequences will follow.

l'appartement (2)

These pencil and charcoal studies are derived from this clip from the Mats Ek ballet with the haunting strings of Fläskkvartetten (Innocent from Pärlor Från Svin).