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Turning

By ROBERT HAM
[FIVE NIGHTS ONLY] In 2004, musician Antony Hegarty and video artist Charles Atlas collaborated on a special performance for the Whitney Biennial, wherein Hegarty would perform some of his songs, while a series of women joined him onstage one by one. The women would stand on a rotating platform, cameras pointed at them. The images of these females—an assortment of 13 straight, gay, transgendered, old and young women—were then blown up and projected behind Hegarty and his band. The show eventually traveled to Europe for a series of performances, from which Atlas compiled this documentary. The beauty of Turning comes not from Hegarty's fluttering, androgynous vocals, nor from the dramatic juxtaposition of the string-drenched music and the pictures of the women, but instead from the one-on-one interviews with all the women involved. Each explores her role in this project, along the way relaying some raw truths about what it means to be female in the 21st century. Though the film never strikes a balance between everything Atlas tries to squeeze into its abbreviated runtime—the combination of performance, interviews, backstage hangouts and rehearsals can border on the overindulgent—Turning still manages to cut deeply.
 

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7:30 pm Friday-Wednesday (no show Monday), March 15-20.
 
  • Genres: Biography, Documentary
  • Running Time: 76 minutes
  • Country: Denmark
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: B
  • Directed by: Charles Atlas [Director], Antony Hegarty [Producer], Vibeke Vogel [Producer], Antony Hegarty [Original Music], Charles Atlas [Cinematographer], Åsa Mossberg [Film Editor], Charles Atlas [Production Design], Charles Atlas [Art Director]
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