At the height of lockdown, the father of contemporary choreographer Paul Lightfoot was taken to hospital. For the five days he was there, Paul was unable to see him due to coronavirus. Paul didn’t get a chance to see goodbye to his father in person before he died, so he began working on a dance to process his emotions.
He worked with one of his dancers, Sebastian Haynes, remotely via video calls to choreograph a new dance. In the words of the director of this video,
“The result is a powerful, moving tribute to those affected by the pandemic and a beacon of creative possibility in this unprecedented time.”
The video opens with video calls between Paul and Sebastian, working on this dance and testing movements. Paul guides Sebastian through his ideas and injects the dance with powerful emotion.
The end result is a beautifully filmed performance of Sebastian dancing to Paul Lightfoot’s choreography, in a tribute to lost loved ones.