Norman McLaren - Pas de Deux - 1968


Pas de Deux
A dance animation film directed by Norman McLaren (1968)

Choreography: Ludmilla Chiriaeff
Dancers: Margaret Mercier, Vincent Warren

Pas de deux is a 1968 short dance film directed by Norman McLaren, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The dance, set to Romanian pan pipe music, is choreographed by Ludmilla Chiriaeff.

The film was photographed on High Contrast stock, with optical, step-and-repeat printing, for a sensuous and almost stroboscopic appearance. It shows a ballerina (Margaret Mercier) dancing by herself (or rather, with images of herself), before being joined by a male dancer (Vincent Warren), to perform the pas de deux of the title.

Norman McLaren, CC, CQ (11 April 1914 – 27 January 1987) was a Scottish-born Canadian animator and film director known for his work for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). He was a pioneer in a number of areas of animation and filmmaking, including drawn-on-film animation, visual music, abstract film, pixilation and graphical sound.

His awards included an Oscar for the Best Documentary in 1952 for Neighbours, a Silver Bear for best short documentary at the 1956 Berlin International Film Festival for Rythmetic and a 1969 BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film for Pas de deux.