by Sarah Cunliffe

two figures against a black background


  • 11 minute 30 second extract from Red


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Video still from Red


Sarah Cunliffe's study Red looks at the idea of hysterical body using the iconic dance film ‘The Red Shoes' (1948) and the performing bodies within it as a basis of exploration. The short film investigates how the body performs to excess in scenes of melodrama and re-presents these actions on screen - distilling the performance to the essence of movement alone.

Red was an outcome of study period in the Picture This Atelier in summer 2008, supported by Portland Green Cultural Projects and Small Wonders, this study period allowed Sarah Cunliffe to explore the movements within Powell & Pressburger's iconic 1948 film The Red Shoes. This study period also enabled Sarah to experiment and develop ways of working with professional dancers and a Director of Photography and to experience working with a post production house.

Red was screened at Picture This as part of South East Dance's 'Dance for Camera Nights', hosted by Picture This in February 2009.


Year 2008
Duration 10 minutes and 30 seconds
Medium Single screen video
Original format DVCAM
Screening format MPEG-2 DVD
Aspect ratio 4:3 (display custom widescreen aspect ratio)
Audio Yes
Colour / B&W Colour
Screens 1


Red was produced in the Picture This Atelier, supported by Portland Green Cultural Projects and Small Wonders.

Screening history:

17 February 2009
Dance For Camera Night - South East Dance, in association with Dance South West
Picture This Atelier

Related Items:

Small Wonders
2002 - 2009

Our Small Wonders professional development scheme offered artists the mentoring support and technical resources needed for making film and video

Sarah Cunliffe

Sarah Cunliffe originally studied as a dancer / choreographer and her practice reflects an interest in the body and gesture.