Deborah Jowitt on Doug Elkins' "virtual tour" of Montclair State

Still image from film. Benjamin Seth Wolf, Director of Photography.

Carolyn Cryer in "A Hundred Indecisions"

"All that I’ve seen on the campus of Montclair State University until now is what I happen on while walking between the Alexander Kasser Theater and the Au Bon Pain. ... Last week, Doug Elkins provided a virtual tour of the campus. He is the third and last choreographer to participate in Montclair State’s Dance for Film on Location initiative— conceived by Jed Wheeler, the executive director of the University’s Peak Performances and funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. ...

"The film’s title, A Hundred Indecisions (conceived and directed by Elkins, with Benjamin Seth Wolf as Director of Photography and Tony Pemberton as Editor), may refer to the day-to-day process of making it, as well as to T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, in which the hero with thinning hair discourses to his unnamed love how there will still be “Time for you and time for me,/And time yet for a hundred indecisions,/ And for a hundred visions and revisions. . . .” (Sound like a choreographer talking?)

"A Hundred Indecisions whisks us into and out of the university’s spaces, Here’s Seet, loose and springy, all by herself in a flagstone hallway. Here’s Oakley spraddling two not-so-high walls. Here’s Khobdeh on the floor of a narrow corridor, pushing herself between one of its walls and the other. Here’s Madrid on his back, propelling himself smoothly across an expanse of floor. Here’s Marshall against a wooden wall. The camera cuts back and forth between these and other dancing images. Sometimes students are seen; often their voices and footsteps are heard as they pass by. We see the dancers briefly from above; we see them in the Alexander Kasser Theater’s windowed lobby and layered on the levels above it."

Read Deborah Jowitt's complete review on ArtsJournal.com.  

Watch Doug Elkins' film, A Hundred Indecisions, online.