What is there to really write about a dance? Was it really good? Yes. Well choreographed and beautiful to watch? Check. Did the music seem to join with the dancers - as they glided across my screen? You bet they did. I really enjoy these quick artistic films Bruce Nicholson sends our way - this particular one, was an instant lift during an otherwise dreary and dull day. A shot of coffee that at first, seemed to do the opposite of what you would expect. What do I mean? Read on.
"Primavera" is a secret peep hole, where we get to watch a beautiful dance unfold - unbeknownst to the dancers. They look so elegant and free spirited, that it's easy to forget the hard work put in to make it seem that way. As the music plucks and whistles away, these three dancers go about their dance in graceful harmony. Yet this dance production is a little different in terms of how it made me feel. First, as I watched, I began to relax. If this dance were any longer than it actually is, I have no doubt I'd be on the verge of sleep - and that's meant as a compliment. "Primavera" is very soothing and relaxing by design I believe. The soft music and elegant performance from the three dancers, just feels like it was designed to calm. But afterwards? This is where things get a little unusual because quite frankly, I felt wide awake and refreshed. Like that shot of coffee I mentioned above, had hit my blood stream and away I went. A visual energy drink for sure. More to the point? "Primavera" also motivated me to get on with my day. Not bad for a short film under five minutes.
"Primavera" also happens to look, and sound, really nice. Very bright, fluid and generally pleasant to the eyes and ears. I especially liked the subtle use of effects. As you would expect from my description above, everything is aces in my books. However, and I can't stress this enough, "Primavera" isn't a typical movie - and I've awarded my rating based on that. There will be two schools of thought for those who watch this piece. They'll either get it or they won't. Middle ground here is almost non existent. If you dance, choreograph or even compose music - or love live performances, you'll really enjoy this. No question. For those looking for a typical three act film, maybe not so much. I will say this however, even if you don't dance or enjoy performance art, you'll still have no problem understanding and appreciating what it's all about.
For me, that surprising emotional boost following a very mellow experience, is all I really need to focus on with this one. Visuals, music, even the dancing aside - it all comes down to harmony. It all comes together and leaves an average experience in the dust. Three and a half stars. Well done.