Room (2) Walk
Single-channel HD video, color, sound
16 minutes 25 seconds
In this film, Yao Qingmei is captivated by the rhythmic leg movements of a professionalswing dancer (Jean-Charles). He deploys all the ways of walking that his large body allowsin this small, narrow hotel room. When his energy is exhausted and he needs a rest, thedancer reclines on a narrow sofa. He abandons the theatrical expressions of his body,usually so well mastered, to maintain a slumped posture. He must imagine his body as aroom, into which someone enters through his fingers. The movement begins with subtle,almost imperceptible actions at his fingertips, this pulsation spreading throughout hiselongated body, traversed from within. In a close-up of his face, the dancer gradually movesfrom involuntary jerks to increasingly exaggerated grimaces. Yao Qingmei maintains anambiguous identity; the costumes suggest a business traveler within the norms, and thena man driven by rhythm emerges.