One Hand Clapping

One Hand Clapping a found choreography by Peter Delpeut in collaboration with Menno Otten (editing) producer Suzanne van Voorst / IDTV Docs One Hand Clapping is a found footage film in which the hands of five chief conductors of the…

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One Hand Clapping
a found choreography
by
Peter Delpeut
in collaboration with Menno Otten (editing)

producer Suzanne van Voorst / IDTV Docs

One Hand Clapping is a found footage film in which the hands of five chief conductors of the
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform a dazzling dance. The images are taken from
historical concert recordings on which Peter Delpeut and editor Menno Otten have extremely
zoomed in. Spread across five frames these conducting hands perform a choreography of
encouraging and holding back, detaching themselves gradually from the conductors and
transforming into one flying, boxing and dancing body. The captivating music by Dutch
composer Harry de Wit enhances the mind boggling energy.

Under the same title Delpeut & Otten made a silent five screen video installation,
permanently on display in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In the installation the
hands of the conductors seem to perform a lyrical musical score that cannot be heard, but
which creates an imaginary feel of music in de head of the spectator. The five chief
conductors in the 125 years’ history of the world famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
were Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly and Mariss Jansons (until 2019).

One Hand Clapping is presented as a so called found choreography: found footage made into
dance. Delpeut initiated the new concept and kept a blog on it for dance on screen festival
Cinedans 2014. See: http://foundchoreography.blogspot.nl/

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