Sarah BlancThe lovely The Lovely Bones

Published on Friday, 19 February, 2010 | Comments


Sarah is a professional dancer/choreographer. A graduate of the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and London Contemporary Dance School, she currently lives in London, freelancing for different companies and choreographers as well as working on her own projects.

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I wish Peter Jackson would direct a dance piece. How amazing would that be. The best piece of dance theatre ever. He would create a whole new genre like multimedia dance or live tech dance or cinematic dance or in your face dance.

What a book and now what a film. Oh my, I am so affected by it. Amazingly real but yet very surreal! Why I went to watch it on my own I do not know.

I read the book and it left me feeling in a way I cannot describe. For such a harrowing story you want to feel some kind of justice for her at the end. The film however has a more satisfying ending which I am glad about because although I left the cinema still feeling wrong I was glad it ended in the way it did. Like the book, it doesn't conclude but it has a more sense of an end whereas the book leaves you hanging on.

I don't think I have ever left a theatre, after seeing a dance piece, having been moved in a way that a film affects me. I get moved in a totally different way. When reading, my head can fill up with images and my imagination runs wild, and I suppose that can be the way it can be translated onto the stage through dance. Maybe? Not as 'black and white' as how I film spells it out to you but abstractly yes it can.


After reading books especially but also with films my head starts to think and sound like the character. When I read The Lovely Bones book I remember for that week I thought like Suzie Salmon. I walked like her. I became really introverted and felt like a voyeur of the living world. I basically became really weird. And now after the film as I type this I feel like her. (I am Suzie Salmon. I was 14 when I was murdered.) Only joking but she has really gotten under my skin again.

I don't know if it is the story that does it to me, in that this is the closest I will ever know of what it is like to be murdered and dead looking at the living. (But that just makes me a sick person because I don't EVER want to go through what she went through and I don't even know if I believe in 'limbo'). Or if its just my awareness as a performer to be able to stop myself going too far with feeling emotions that don't belong to me. I suppose it boils down to the human fascination of the unknown and the unimaginable. Anyways I always find it fascinating how much I can let a character get inside of me.

Another difference I suppose, as I said, is obviously that a film gives you it all on a plate the size of big screen in full colour with visual and sound laid out for your brain to take it in.It tells you what you are seeing. Where as dance generally gives you images for you to make up your mind what it is about for you. Its not as easy in a way. Well, its just different.

I love how Peter Jackson has brought the words of the book to life. For example in the book she (Suzie) describes the moment that she knew she had to get out of the underground hut but the film gives you this moment in picture. One look and a handy camera angle and you get it straight away. In some ways it is more real as you see for 'real' so the impact is even worse. Although I may also argue that in the book you saw it all from her eyes so sometimes your imagination brought you to really dark places.

I love also how in the film he didn't state the obvious. He left enough to our imagination, or if you have read the book you can fill in the tiny gaps.

Another amazing part of the film which I thought was so great was how he translated the authors idea of limbo and how Suzie drifted in and out of different landscapes. Such a visual feast of a film. I could say so much more but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

I really would love to make dance work like this. Something so meaty and impact-full. I need to find myself a dreamworks style film director....... match made in heaven.

S x

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