Inspired by the fluid and instant nature of dance, this series was named after French ballet dancer and choreographer Maurice Béjart. Capturing the fundamental concept of movement through dance, the artwork takes form as a series of delicate kinetic embroideries of dancers hung within spaces
that allows them to flow, move, and perform. Each piece of this series is created with cotton rope overlaid on a transparent fabric to create a sense of constant motion.
“Dance is not fixed but can leave a lasting impression on the viewer.
As a performance art, dance is truly ephemeral. It is like a temporary drawing; it disappears when the movement ends.” With the flowing of the wind within the spaces these artworks exists, Bejart constantly changes through time and space leaving the similar impressions dance may offer.
Bejart has been shown in different architectural locations around the world including Hong Kong, France, Japan, South Africa, Mexico, Malaysia and the US.
This second piece of Bejart series was not an easy one.
Ophelia Jacarini had to walk 4h in the Japanese countryside. During the journey she went through broken roads and tunnels, made friends with a bunch of snakes, cried half-way up because she was lost, cold and wondering why she was doing this ? But then the rain stopped, the sun came back, and she managed to found this abandoned old cable car house that was part of a ski station until 1944.
This series is showing a contrast between dead and alive(an abandoned space without life and an installation that lives and moves) it is the art that brings back life to the space.
"I am inspired by these statics walls that contrast with the moving bodies of the dancers.
These walls are stuck to the floor in contrary to the dancers that are attached to the ceiling and created a link between earth and sky - death and alive" - She says.
GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA
Ophelia used metal pieces from an abandoned railway to create a giant architectural sculpture then topped them with a blue embroidery.
An intense energy erupts from the mix. The dark metals bringing in the aggressive side contrasting with the femininity and delicacy of the embroidered dancer silhouettes . The powerful combination is matching in style with the windy and luminous surroundings.