The Seeds of Dance – poetry in film projects


I have quite a few small experimental films, which were originally to practice editing. Some of them are now useful in providing the basis for poetry films and feel worthy of a polish and share.

At the moment I am working on doing my poetry as short films. Many of these will be from the upcoming Magic Fish book

This particular one, however is nothing to do with that book, but is an early one, inspired by the dance work of Danielle Wilson. I was filming her projects and ended up writing and creating a film poem.

A voice over has recently been added to complete the film.

(c) June Perkins

Dancing on Air


From Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance on air

I loved watching Fred and Ginger dance.
Late at night I would watch old movies
waiting for the impressive scene
with the big dance number
where they would tap, and twirl.
I wanted to trip the light of elegance and rhythm.

But I never shared that with anyone.
My mother took my youngest brother to tap.
He used to watch the movies with me.
He also loved Michael Jackson
and his moon walk dancing.
He loved them and his lessons.

But then he had an accident and was in a wheel chair.
Eventually he walked again and now he can shuffle dance.
I never learnt to tap.

Sometimes I wish my brother was just as he was,
and then I know that can never be and we must love him as he is.

He likes to laugh and play a bit of cricket.
He talks in slow motion but still tells great stories if you’re patient.
He can still watch Fred and Ginger dance on air.

His elegance is his courage to get on with life
and ignore the tears of others
tripping the light of endurance
outliving Michael J.
to do his thriller shuffle.

Maybe I should learn to tap.

(c) June Perkins

Film Stills

Here are some stills from the short films I am working on for a friend’s website. They have an experimental element to them as requested by the producer/dancer Danielle.

Danielle danced with a lot of emotion and had a story she wanted to express.  I am enjoying the collaborative process and looking forward to showing it to her when I have the initial edit to a stage where it’s watchable.

So much to do at present, and each day lately for a week has been spent working on video editing, planning to make a documentary for the Tablelands Folk Festival for the organisers (looking forward to this as we will attend the festival as well, lots of music and culture to enjoy!), and preparing for a launch for the After Yasi book as well as co-ordinating family life.

We  had a cricket cup in our area recently that my dear husband was in, the Rainforest Cup, met some amazing people at it and the team he was in won the whole competition. Five games in two days.  But the best thing about it was the sense of sportsmanship.  I will blog on it at some point if I get the chance. The tournament will be featured on SBS Television, in a couple of weeks.

The best thing lately is that I have been learning to FINISH things, something I have tackled on my blogs and social media at various points.  I am very good at starting lots of things, but have suffered from not finishing them off.    In the process of learning to finish sometimes I have had to temporarily give some things up, like blogging.    

Hope everyone is well, and enjoying their lives, blogging, creativity.   And thanks to people who post encouraging things here or in social media spaces whilst  I am busy at work at the computer.  I often have a read and smile and keep going with work.


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Filming Free to Move

Filming Day – by June Perkins

Spent Wednesday filming for Danielle Wilson’s Free to Move and Dance philosophy for her website.  What an inspiring day, and the image above is just one that will stay with me.  The candles set a beautiful atmosphere.

So wonderful to spend the day with four creative and expressive human beings.   The day was  emotional, free, colourful, joyous, warm, intense,  and had me learning to dance with my camera.  Now the editing begins. Looking forward to seeing Kylie’s photographs as well.

Preparing the set – by June Perkins