Red Balloon was a first experiment in video dance improvisation with dancer and choreographer Shouze Ma. We were influenced by watching European videodance, an emerging trend in the late ’90’s of choreographing camera movement into the dance itself. I had explored this in terms of choreographic movement in my undergraduate senior project, and we thought this could be applied effectively through improvisation of both the dancer and videographer.
In the dance studio we found a red balloon floating off to the side of the room with its helium half depleted. We decided to experiment with that and shot this in a single take. I later cut the video into the sequence above.