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GINGER ROGERS : New work by Polly Benford at M+R Place to Fill

New work by Polly Benford

GINGER ROGERS is a new exhibition at M+R showing drawings and moving image by Polly Benford. For Polly the fun in a Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire film comes from the graceful messing about on stairs in long skirts and heels, the jumping on
furniture and through spinning doors, and all the while maintaining a sense of what the other person is doing and instinctively taking hold of a hand without having to look for it. But it's the dress that she cannot help but watch as they dance together on film which is why Ginger dances alone for this exhibition.

In a style reminiscent of Eadweard Muybridge, dances from a library of Astaire and Rogers' films are gently taken apart and their intrinsic parts studied, before being strung together as moving pictures once again. The blue satin dress with the ostrich
feathers that Rogers wore dancing Cheek to Cheek in the classic film Top Hat is taken as a case in point and drawn in isolation. Fred hated the dress at first but it made the dance just as Ginger said it would.

Exhibition runs:
18 - 21 March 2004

Opening hours:
1.00 - 6.00pm or by appointment

M+R place to fill
15a Kingsland Road London E2 8AA
LU: Old Street, Liverpool Street
Bus: 26, 48, 55, 149, 242, 243

M+R place to fill
is a non-profit project/gallery space
For further information contact:
Rupert Blanchard
07881 833 952

Next Exhibition:
Some furniture I've always wanted to make
By Martino Gamper
Open: 24-28 March. Private View: 26 March 7-9pm



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