ORA is a stunning meeting between the artistic worlds of choreographer José Navas and filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq. It is the first film to use 3D thermal imaging, producing visuals like none that have ever been seen before: the luminous variations of body heat seen on skin, bodies emitting a multitude of colours, a space filled with movement that transforms itself.
Warning: Although this film was shot in 3D, the streaming and downloadable versions are available in 2D only.
Ages 15 to 17
Arts Education - Dance
Arts Education - Visual Arts
Health/Personal Development - Body Image
Physical Education - Fitness
Spark the class’s curiosity before presenting the film. What would they see if they watched a dance performance with eyes half-shut or through a kaleidoscope? If the dancers left a trace, what would it be? After the viewing, invite students to describe the natural and poetic environments that choreography and thermal imaging inspire. This exercise could be combined with Pas de deux by Norman McLaren.