Busby Berkeley 2.0
March 1, 2016 - March 31, 2016Fleckenstein Video Gallery
Rachel Rampleman, American, b.1975, 2014, 2:05 minutes
Rachel Rampleman's Busby Berkeley 2.0 is a kaleidoscope of abstract movements that morph a dance routine arranged by early 20th-century director and choreographer Busby Berkeley into a study of geometric shapes. Berkeley's elaborate productions included dozens of dancing women and innovative camera techniques that revolutionized the genre of the musical in Depression-era America. Rampleman, drawn to the synchronization of a dance from the 1934 musical Dames, pairs the original, upbeat soundtrack with a machine-like hum that transforms the nostalgic routine into something more contemporary and industrial.