Three's A Crowd


Two characters confront their simmering attraction and risk all through direct contact. Referencing both Tango and Contact Improvisation, their movement playfully explores each other’s presence and power. Shot in one continuous take, the rough and ready hand-held camera improvises within the dance, an active participant in their passionate dialogue.
This short is part of an ongoing research process investigating improvisation with a moving camera.
Made with an international collective at Henrichshutte industrial museum, Hattingen, Germany
Music: Olah Vince and his Balkan Romany ensemble Earth–Wheel-Sky Band

International Screenings:
Cinematic Lounge Series: Dance Films Around The World, Atlanta, GA, USA (Sept 10)
Kinesthetic Empathy Conference, Manchester University, UK (April 10)
U-M Dance on Camera Festival 9, Michigan University, USA (Feb 10)
Dance on Camera Festival (plus international touring program) New York, USA  (Jan 10)
Dance Camera Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey  (Oct 09)
dança em foco – Festival Internacional de Vídeo & Dança, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  (09)
Interrogations AHRC conference, Loughborough University, UK (July 09)
Screendance, The Park Gallery, Falkirk, Scotland (April 09)
PLAY09, Oaxaca, Mexico (March 09)
Moves international touring programme inc. Hungary, Brazil and Russia (08-09)
Moves:Movement on Film festival, UK (April 08)
Crumb Festival, Nottingham, UK (May 08)
Dance:Film07, Edinburgh, UK (Nov 07)
Planet Hope aerial show, Hattingen, Germany (June 07)

Review in Dance Theatre Journal Vol 23:1   Friday, October 10, 2008
'Wood’s Three’s A Crowd (2007) foregrounded the intense mutual focus of a male/female duet, with sudden push-pull shifts of physical and emotional dynamic captured at close quarters by the also moving camera.... Wood’s practice currently seems poised on the brink of abandoning the traditionally distanced, directorial stance of the ‘outside eye’ to capture proprioceptive engagement from within a mutual, movement-led, improvisatory basis.'
From UNSPOOLED: Collected writing by Chirstinn Whyte on screendance and the moving image