Private Project

Take 3

‘Take 3’ is a film by artist-filmmaker Matthew Burdis and choreographer and dancer Diane Madden. They met in 2017 as residents of Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, IT and began working together in the 2018 residency programme. The time spent working together was based around a dance choreographed and performed by Madden in the Torre Bonomo; a medieval tower in Spoleto that was previously an exhibition space and contains seminal Sol LeWitt wall drawings from the early 1970’s.

The decision was made to focus on Madden’s right hand throughout the duration of the dance, in an uninterrupted take: resulting in Burdis moving with Madden from beginning to end. In discussions between the two, Madden referred to the surface that she was performing on as being like a frame, a tactile edge that the unrelenting movement would encounter.

Over the week of filming, the dance was performed in four different locations in the Torre Bonomo, each on different surfaces and architectural levels. These dances and subsequently the films vary in length, between 12 - 18 minutes, with the location and surface often contributing to these variations.

‘Take 3’, 2018, is the 13 minute single screen work of the dance that took place at the very top of the Torre, with the panoramic countryside surrounding Spoleto as a distant background. This period of filming took place in August 2018, after the Festival dei Due Mondi had drawn to an end and Spoleto returned to it’s tranquil, small town timelessness as captured in ‘Take 3’.

There were two main components in the process of working together. In the morning Burdis and Madden would place and film a complete, uninterrupted take of the dance. In the afternoon the pair would invent and film movements focusing on the hands that were either task-like or playful interactions between each other and the Torre Bonomo: responding to its history and architecture. The focus on hand movements then extended beyond the Torre and into the town of Spoleto itself. Most notably in sections filmed with the local Piazza del Mercato market stall owners as they used different techniques of balancing and weighing their produce.

The filmed hand movements are laid over the 13 minute uninterrupted film of the dance, thus creating the effect of a double exposure, amalgamating different images and rhythms that unfold simultaneously.

  • Matthew Burdis
  • Diane Madden
  • Mahler & LeWitt Studios
  • Diane Madden
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 EUR
  • Country of Filming:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Sundays on Broadway at Cathy Weis Projects
    New York City
    United States
    November 11, 2018
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - Matthew Burdis, Diane Madden

Matthew Burdis (b. 1993, Newcastle upon Tyne) is an artist-filmmaker living and working in London. He studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design.
He received the Landmark PLC Award (2015) for his silent black and white film 'Lindisfarne One One' and was awarded a Channel 4, Random Acts film commision (2016) which was screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London.
He has screened his work across Europe and in the U.S and was included in the "Serpentine Cinema: On Earth, Missing and Memory" programme at Peckhamplex Cinema (2019).
He founded and convenes Film Forum at Chelsea College of Art and Design which hosts regular film screenings and artist talks (2015 – present).

Diane Madden is a dancer, performer, choreographer, director and teacher. Currently Associate Artistic Director of the Trisha Brown Company she has contributed to the creation and performance of Trisha Brown’s work since 1980. In 2019-2020 she will occupy a teaching and mentoring position at P.A.R.T.S., as well as assisting Rosas’ Artistic Director Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. Madden presents her own solo and collaborative choreography at home and abroad and has enjoyed working with choreographers Jerome Bel, Lance Gries, Juliette Mapp, Polly Motley, Vicky Shick and Cathy Weis. Her teaching weaves anatomically grounded technique with improvisation, composition and performance skills. Her worldwide students range from dance artist professionals and college students to artists from other disciplines including actors, singers, visual artists and composers. Since 2006, Madden has been greatly influenced by her study and practice of Aikido with Fuminori Onuma. The Princess Grace Foundation has recognized Madden with two awards, in 1986 and again in 1994 for sustained achievement. She also received a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) in 1989.

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