Torben Glarbo: Decoding

… with the subtitle: Tim Rushton’s Enigma… is a making-of-film, a fascinating observation of the process of setting up of a contemporary dance performance conceived and conducted by Tim Rushton.

When the producer of the film – Ole John – passed the dvd to me, his comment was, ”well, ballet is not your strong side”. Right he is but taking the viewer into a new world and environment is precisely what a good documentary can do. You learn something and you actually discover the similarities between a documentary director and a choreographer like Rushton, who works without any script constantly ”editing” the performance, trying something new, rehearsing with the dancers, finding the right rythm and balance adding light and music to get the right sensual expression.

Torben Glarbo has followed the process for seven months and conveys brilliantly the different moods of doubt, the collaboration and the experimentation. Movements in a rehearsal room are as born for the camera of Glarbo.

Some background info on the film which can be bought through the site below: Enigma’s choreography is inspired by Bach, with his six unaccompanied cello suites as its musical base. Jakob Kullberg plays the cello, and the accompanying electronic soundscape is composed by Mathias Friis-Hansen… Tim Rushton is originally from Birmingham, England and educated at the The Royal Ballet School in London. He has spent the past 15 years in Denmark as a dancer and choreographer, among others at the Royal Danish Ballet. Rushton has been nominated for the Reumert Prize 10 times and received it 5 times: in 1999, 2005, 2006 and 2008 and in 2010 for Danish Dance Theatre.

Denmark, 2010, 58 mins.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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