Hail the New Puritan

Unclassified 15+
Charles Atlas, 85 mins, USA/UK, 1986, Digital Betacam. Source: Electronic Arts Intermix.

Charles Atlas
Charles Atlas "Hail the New Puritan" 1985-86. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

This defining work from Charles Atlas, the acclaimed father of dance film, is a heady mix of sly humour, riveting dance and audacious eroticism set against the sprawling energy of the '80s London post-punk scene.

Tracking a day in the life of legendary Scottish choreographer Michael Clark, then 23, Atlas shot the film as a tongue-in-cheek mockumentary, following the flamboyant Clark as he and his company prepare for a performance of The New Puritans.

Backed by a raucous soundtrack from The Fall, Hail the New Puritan is character portrait turned fantasy voyage, a strange sideways glimpse into the mind of a man who defined the choreographic extravagances of a newly decadent London.

Dates   Sat 13 Oct 2012, 1.30pm
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