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Once upon a time (two years ago), there were four siblings, all artists. One wanted to host a family reunion, another wanted to make a horror film, and a third was down for whatever so long so he'd get to compose the R&B soundtrack. The result is Sister, a "film conceived as dance" featuring dancers Sarah, Isabel, and Ligia Manuela Lewis, with live music from their brother, George Lewis Jr. of Twin Shadow. What it means to conceive one medium as another is not generally self-evident. But, inspired by Quad II, Samuel Beckett's short play for television that also functioned as a ballet for four performers, the siblings began with black-and-white diagrammatic sketches. After mapping the action—medium one—in a 12-hour frenzy, the three sisters immediately danced the nonstop, 24-hour performance—medium two—progressively lathering themselves into a zombie-like stupor that was documented in real time on film—medium three. In the performance, though not in life, the fugue states yield a string of murders. Continue reading >>


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