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Charles Atlas: Hail the New Puritan

Charles Atlas, film still of Hail the New Puritan, 1987.

Innovating at the nexus of dance, performance, moving image, New York-based artist Charles Atlas is considered a pioneer of the film-dance genre. On May 31st, visual artist and filmmaker Wu Tsang will introduce two screenings by the critically-acclaimed artist, From an Island Summer (1983-84) and Hail the New Puritan (1986), at the Sydney Opera House.

 

From an Island Summer
An exuberantly hip homage to New York, this short quasi-documentary follows choreographer Karole Armitage and her dancers along the boardwalk of Coney Island and through the streets of Times Square.

 

Hail the New Puritan
Atlas’ celebrated feature film is a day-in-the-life “docufantasy” that explores the provocative and playful work of dancer-choreographer Michael Clark. The film also serves as a vivid evocation of decadent 1980s post-punk London subculture, and features cult icons Leigh Bowery, Brix Smith, and Mark E. Smith, with music by Glenn Branca, The Fall, Jeffrey Hinton, and Wire’s Bruce Gilbert.