Room (1) Wrap
Single-channel HD video, color, sound
16 min 30 sec
A thick white sheet contorts itself on the bed, slowly rising and assuming a vertical posture, like a sculpture.The sheet is shaken, while the body of the dancer (Saadia Souyah) remains concealed beneath a light, flesh-colored turban. Successively, she hides behind a translucent white veil, then a black curtain, experiencing aseries of envelopments and unveilings. Finally, the dancer emerges from the darkness of the black curtain,revealing her body and hair, and begins the characteristic shudders of traditional Arab belly dancing. Thesebewitchingly intense tremors animate every muscle in her body, making the silky fabric of her nightgownshiver. Gradually, she unties her headdress, slowly revealing her face, her long hair moving freely. It’s theKhaleegy, a traditional festive dance of Middle Eastern women, as we catch a glimpse of her face and listento her breath. It’s the process of a body gradually unraveling from its envelopes, passing from the concealedform of an object to that of a human being. The shooting also metamorphoses, from a distant still shot to aclose-up capture of the character’s state of mind.