Vaults 'One Day I'll Fly Away' by Alexandra Green

Vaults 'One Day I'll Fly Away' by Alexandra Green

Vaults' version of One Day I'll Fly Away is the soundtrack for this year's annual blockbuster John Lewis Christmas ad. It says something for the standalone video - the music video directing debut of choreographer Alexandra Green – that Buster the boxer dog's antics on his family's new trampoline are not missed.

This is a wonderfully choreographed piece of work, exploring the many facets of the self. Human bodies undergo metamorphoses to become flowing shapes growing from a centre, and a series of impossible mirror shots further fracture the idea of the self. With costume flowing and sprawling around the dancers, and a dramatically sparse location to boot, the video is a visually striking piece of contemporary dance with a rich, classical twist.

From the director

ALEXANDRA GREEN:

"One Day I'll Fly Away combines an emotionally-charged performance with surreal, haunting movement focussing on human vulnerability.

"Having worked with Vaults for over two years I knew Blythe could perform beautifully and with the intensity and physical height that the visuals required. She brings a darkness and light to them. With Blythe as the anchor and centre point, I wanted to explore themes of self-reflection, escapism, and loneliness but simultaneously human strength.

"Inspired by the works of Nadav Kander, Caravaggio and Juno Calypso I created two worlds linked subtly through the reflections, styling, and performance. Blythe in one instance is performing to fractured versions of herself in an intimate set up and in another is reflected in a black lake, seemingly alone in a vast space until she is flanked by 16 dancers.

"The choreography is beautifully grotesque, a human wingspan that shifts, ripples and undulates with Blythe. An extension of her emotion, they empower her, support her as she leads the movement but is always on the brink of being taken over, until she is left alone again."

Credits

Director
Alexandra Green
Choreographer
Alexandra Green
Producer
Drew O'Neill
Director of Photography
Tim Sidell
Production Company
Bullion ProductionsBullion Productions website
Commissioner
James Hackett
Label
Virgin EMI
Production Assistant
Chelia Batkin
1st AD
Dan Gibling
2nd AD
Jack Meredith
Focus Puller
Chris Hayden
2nd AC
Jonny Lewis
DIT
Ben Marshall
Steadicam
Mihalis Margaritis
Gaffer
Sam Alberg
Spark
Seb Lamb
Spark
Michael Smit
Balloon Technician
Lee Mills
Editor
Jo Apps
Choreography Asst
Simon Donnellon
Art Director
Dale Slater
Art Dep Asst
Frank Styles
Makeup / Hair
Lauren Reynolds
Makeup Asst
Sophie Davina
Stylist
Minna Attala, Claudia Walder
Stylist Asst
Emily Davies, Gabriel Harvey
Runner
Sanne Beijer, Abel William, Romain Richard, Artur Haluda

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