Four Dances is an animated film made by Billy Steiger and Zara Joan Miller for TakuRoku. The film features four 'movement-drawings', or dances, each accompanied by piano recorded at Cafe OTO.
Zara Joan Miller is a poet and artist. A selection of poems from her collection BLUE MONDAY featured in MAP and Fieldnotes journal in 2021. Other recent contributions include Another Gaze, Lazy Susan and Flash Art. Zara’s moving image practice plays with repeated and layered movement and sound as a way of reimagining a body’s rhythm. Her films include: Soft Rio (Marseille Underground Film Festival, Marseille, France, 2021; Underneath The Floorboards, 2021) with Astrid Sweeney and @xcrswx; horsecity (xviix.com, 2020; Centre of Gravity, Bristol, UK 2020) and Four Dances (Takuroku, 2021) – a piano & film collaboration with Billy Steiger. Zara is currently working on a film to accompany a score by Finlay Clark written for the Claravox Centennial theremin, and an ongoing collaboration with artist Tony Brooks at Submit to Love Studios. With Evie Ward, Zara programmes the movement and sound series CEREBELLUM.
Billy Steiger was born in Howth on the 16th December, 1986. Now he plays the violin.
“Then he sat down by a pond and began to play a tune. As he played, the most extraordinary thing happened. One by one the fish in the pond began to jump out and fly about in the air. And what is more, they were all different colours and they were singing to the music.”
Patrick, Quentin Blake.