Body cinema: Lodela – experimental dance film

November 27, 2009

Experimental dance film ‘Lodela’ (1996) by Canadian documentary and experimental film maker Philippe Baylaucq is certainly one of the most successful dance films Canadian cinematography has brought to light after Norman McLaren’s ‘Pas de deux‘ (1968), afterward followed by ‘Amelie’ (2002) which was directed by La La La Human Steps founder and choreographer Edouard Locke.


Inspired by the myths of the afterlife, this allegorical dance piece illuminates the soul’s quest by exploring movement and the human body in new and astonishing ways. An evocation of the origins of the world. A hymn to the beauty of the human form. A celebration of movement. A metaphor for life and death. A film without words.

Born in 1958, Philippe Baylaucq studied sculpture and film at the Hornsey and St. Martin’s schools of art in London. His early films, Notre-Dame des Danses (1981) and Promise (1981), show a pronounced taste for daring and experimentation. Barcelone(1985) cemented his position as an influential figure in art film.

Baylaucq’s artist portraits include one on architect Phyllis Lambert (Phyllis Lambert, 1994) and a choreography of dancer Lucie Grégoire (Les choses dernières, 1994). Lodela(1996) is a magnificent allegory of the origins of the world, celebrating the beauty and fragility of the human body. It won him 11 international awards.

His fascination with creative people continued with two very personal portraits of Quebec painters. He investigated Marcel Baril’s imposing work in FIFA award-winning Mystère B. (1997). In 2000, the canvases of his artist grandfather, André Biéler, were the main source of inspiration for Couleurs de sang. (Synopsis and bio taken from

December 26, 2009 @ 6:54 am

I was transfixed. This was exquisite!

December 26, 2009 @ 9:57 am

glad you like it… indeed, it's a great dance film…

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