We are launching the MOVING DOCS Home Cinema, featuring one doc every month for you to watch online, wherever you like, whenever you like!
Kirstin Innes looks at our first one, Martha & Niki, to discover a dance film that moulds its form around its subjects.
What’s most striking, of course, is the way they move.
We watch them counting time on the stage, these two young-looking girls, swamped in huge sweatshirts and baggy trousers, as a parade of male dancers enact those same spindly, robotic flicks and jerks that hip hop crowds have come to expect. Three, two, one – and Martha and Niki bound into the space, their bodies synced perfectly, each beat and roll mirrored. They seem to fly; a two-part being, separate but one. Their astonishing energy and commitment to the moment vastly outshine the lanky, bored-looking b-boy crew they’re facing off against; their interpretation of what’s possible within the arena uses far more imagination, creativity and skill, and – let’s be honest – they’re having far more fun together.