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Leg Room, by Anna Bruinsma

The door swings open to reveal a steep staircase descending into darkness. At the bottom is a mattress with the projection of a gyrating girl, limbs splayed- it changes to a woman lost behind a fence, then to feet, camera spinning on the ground. Behind you is a flickering glimpse of shrubbery rustling in the wind- the imagined breeze wafts around the heavy black solids that divide the room. Immersion into the show involves the careful navigation of these forms. Brightly faceted with color on top, they display the projectors insouciantly, waiting for your audience. You feel the rise of an almost instinctual mathematical awareness of space- a physical response to the flattening of movement through film against an expansion of dimension created by the cube plinths. Loops of videos have been choreographed to run in tandem, brushing up against each other in brief conversation. The dancing bodies blithely ignore you standing mute in the shadows, transfixed by patterns of light, absorbing quietly. Jonathon Hornedo comes to stand next to you for a chat before the opening, and the two of you watch Paul Evans greet some early visitors. The curatorial pair commissioned each of the videos specifically for the exhibition: under a minute, on the subject of dance and movement- the results ruffle you with short, seductive spurts. Jonathon tells you about accidentally taking a pop dance class, and finding a surprising amount of enjoyment in the process- he shows you some moves that are reminiscent of Martha Graham. He laughs, and you feel the undercurrent of gentle sophistication and a quiet wit. Anna Bruinsma: “Are you the choreographers?” Jonathon: “Choreography, while being an inherent...