Elimination Dance: A Grueling Competition of Humiliation

Elimination Dance: A Grueling Competition of Humiliation

Elimination Dance (1998) is a rarely seen short film by the Canadian actor/writer/director Don McKellar. The award-winning short is a dreamy, absorbing confection of archival images, live-action drama, still photography, spoken word and narration. The film takes place in a netherworld where elimination dances have been made illegal, because the unhappy, humiliated losers band together and provoke uprisings among the people and governments just do not like that.

Elimination Dance is set in a crowded dance hall where the Iguana Cafe Orchestra swings and sways. The film revolves around a newly-met awkward couple trying to remain on the dance floor while a caller reads out stranger and stranger reasons (e.g., “anyone who has been penetrated by a Mountie”, “anyone who has testified as a character witness for a dog in a court of law”) why dancers are to be eliminated from further participation. Elimination Dance ends up providing a playfully penetrating (pun intended) view of the comic possibilities of social life.

Elimination Dance: A Grueling Competition of Humiliation

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One Response to “Elimination Dance: A Grueling Competition of Humiliation”

  1. Davis Says:

    very enjoyable — thanks for the post

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