DYNAMIC FIGURES IN NATURE

Around 1980 I began to create a series of avant-garde short films in collaboration with my friends. We created animated dance movies using a stop-motion technique called pixilation (people animation). With the figures moving in mysterious ways in the landscape, the effect is hauntingly beautiful. One of these films, MIRAGE, can be viewed on the EARLY FILMS movie page. In addition to the filming process I also shot still photos, and these are some examples. Pictured are lead performers Mark Daniel, Diana Lim, Ben Averill, Cheryl Kapell, Erica Fletcher, and June Monteforte. Click on any thumbnail image for a larger view in its true proportions.
Dancers perform at Ferry Bluff overlooking a river

BALANCE

Surrealistic image of figures in a windy field

WINDY

Four figures leap simultaneously in a magical garden

JUMP

A lone figure jumps majestically in a natural backdrop

LEAP

Two dancers perform a classic pose in a beautiful garden

CLASSICAL

A powerful lift pose for a pixelation dance

LIFT

Dancers spin in a beautiful garden

SPIN

Visionary image of transparent figures by Joel Fletcher

ETHEREAL

The duality of male and female mysterious figures

DUALITY

Male and female figures between Earth and sky by Joel Fletcher

EARTH AND SKY

Dancers pose in a natural environment

MIRROR

The attraction of opposites peformed by dancers in a garden

GRAVITATION