Kathleen Herbert’s ‘Limelight’, 2010, was originally commissioned by the Royal
Opera House Covent Garden, and seeks to deconstruct the physical space of
the theatre and the spectacle of illusion. Set within an empty and darkened
opera house and accompanied by the sound of her feet moving across the floor
the camera intimately watches a ballerina; her body moves in and out of the
frame as she prepares for a performance. Holding a spotlight as she performs a
scene Odile and Odette from Swan Lake, the camera follows the light as it
dissects the space revealing architectural details of a working opera house and
mirrors the views of the performer.
Kathleen Herbert appears courtesy of
Danielle Arnaud Gallery.