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Adam Roberts (Colombia 1959) lives and works in London. He has worked as a film-editor at the BBC, before going to Goldsmith’s College to make films. He has made a number of narrative shorts and dance films. Adam has taught film at Central St Martins.

“Rhythm is a matter of proportion not of accent” --Arthur Schnabel

Stop Quartet/film (1996) records a complete dance piece. The duration of the shots, and the speed of the dolly movement (always from left to right starting at the same place), is laid out according to a pre-determined pattern. Some passages are replaced by black, with the soundtrack continuing over. These (visual) silences are also organised according to a scaled version of the pattern, providing punctuation. The camera movement is always slow, such that it becomes (most) apparent during the pauses in the dance piece (the stops of the title). Awareness of dance and its filming will slip back and forth. When the dancers pause, the camera movement is most apparent, when they move again, it drops from awareness. The camera frames the stage, not the dancers, to resist emphasising individual bodily rhythm. The meshing of the various rhythmic elements interact with the clear structures of the dance performance to produce a new pattern, inherent only in the interaction, apprehended by the viewer but not tangible: ebbing and flowing. The effect might be compared to the phenomenon of interference fringes observed when light sources interact in the laboratory - the reinforcing and diminution the result of wave interactions. Phase is all. The question is whether tension and attention are possible without conventional montage. If it is, then in this film the forward momentum is achieved by rhythmic devices depending on proportion, not on accent. DIRECTOR/CAMERA/EDIT Adam Roberts CHOREOGRAPHY Jonathan Burrows MUSIC Matteo Fargion/Kevin Volans DANCERS Jonathan Burrows/Henry Montes/Fin Walker/Kate Gower FILM LIGHTING Jack Hazan LIGHTING DESIGN Mike Hulls PRODUCTION Adam Roberts/Julia Carruthers FUNDED by The Arts Council of England and SUPPORTED by the Prudential Corporation


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