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Life In MovementAustralia 2011
Directed by Bryan Mason / Sophie Hyde
Running time 80 minutes
Life In Movement is an exquisitely executed feature length documentary. Bryan Mason and Sophie Hyde have created a passionately moving and profoundly touching story about life, love, death and dance.
Only weeks prior to commencing her position as the new artistic director at the Sydney Dance Company, the internationally renowned choreographer Tanja Liedtke dies in a road accident. To honour her memory and inspiring vision, 18 months later her partner/creative producer Solon Ulbrich and dance troupe embark on a world tour showcasing her most powerful work.
The film seamlessly weaves together deeply personal testimonies with extraordinary dance sequences. Tanja’s home videos are spliced into interviews with Liedtke's collaborators, family and friends, giving us a great taste of the vital essence of the woman. Her life is caught on camera, from her mesmerising choreography to the fluctuating vulnerability and strength of her unique character. I was completely drawn into the inner world of Tanja and her art although the more of her that was revealed to me, the more glaringly obvious and distressing did I feel her absence.