Emma Tooth Film










A short, sharp video from the opening night of Emma Tooth's Breaking Art exhibition at Newcastle's Customs House Gallery on February 7th 2014 featuring moves by Bad Taste Cru - the breakdance team who originally inspired the paintings.












A short documentary film about Emma Tooth's painting, The Captive. The painting was commissioned for Derby Museum and Art Gallery's permanent collection in 2012 and was inspired the work of 18th century artist, Joseph Wright.












In this fascinating lecture series the ever-erudite author John David Ebert walks us through the minefield that is contemporary art and takes a little time out to discuss Emma Tooth's work - particularly The Captive - in facinating detail.


For those of you with shorter attention-spans - here is a link to just the part about Emma's work.
















This is a promo for the documentary DVD about Emma's project Concilium Plebis. It is a sumptuous affair with fascinating footage of the paintings actually being created and amazing breakdance performances from B-boy champions, Bad Taste Cru as well as detailed interviews with Emma about her work.










A short interview with dancer Robby Graham about working with Emma Tooth, both as a performer and model, and how her paintings have influenced the work of world class breakdance team Bad Taste Cru.















Culver City gallery Thinkspace's annual Picks of the Harvest Show opening night 2012. The eagle-eyed will spot Emma in there in a characteristically big frock.












Top breakdance team Bad Taste Cru created a piece called Council Of The Ordinary based on Emma's Concilium Plebis paintings and performed it at the opening of her exhibition at The Customs House. Their astonishing performance appears in full on Emma's DVD, Extraordinary Portraits of Ordinary People and has since appeared at Breakin' Convention London, San Francisco Hip Hop Festival, and in Trafalgar Square Arts Festival.


The show was so successful in pushing the bounadries of what breakdance can do, Bad Taste Cru were commissioned by street arts consortium Without Walls to develop a sequel: Tribal Assembly (Comitia Tributa). It is thought that this will grow eventually to form a trilogy of dance pieces, each featuring the same archetypal British street characters originally inspired by Emma Tooth's paintings.












Here's another promo - a particularly beautiful one - for the dance show by Bad Taste Cru inspired by Emma's work.


There is a fascinating review of the show here with some great photos. I quote:


"...four characters seem to belong to four distinct “tribes”: A chav, a businessman, a homeless man and a rocker... The show revolves around the power struggle and relationships between the four characters. The homeless man, played by Darren “Jelly” O’Kane, is portrayed as weak and of low social status. His character however has nothing to lose. He is free and this is reflected in his movements....


The chav character played by Rokas “Ruckus” Šaltenis begins aggressively. His intimidating toprock aimed at Jelly’s character is punctuated with powerful transitions between power moves, flips and air freezes. As Paul “P” Martin’s cocky businessman enters the frame a power struggle ensues, asking the audience to reconsider the roles of these “tribes” in society. A heavy metal rocker played by Robby “RawB” Graham carries off a powerful performance, not only in his effortless flips and power combinations but also through the emotion conveyed in his dancing. This emotional element is what makes Tribal Assembly truly unique amongst bboy shows... The show goes beyond what has previously been done and whilst Bad Taste Cru have taken a risk in drawing influences from contemporary dance, it has certainly paid off. "












Part of what is so exciting about the Tribal Assembly performances is the way that they begin with just one dancer (but with other members of the team hidden amongst the crowd watching) and then as the dance progresses, other apparently ordinary, passive members of the audience step up and join in unexpectedly - watch for the man in a black suit in the audience in this clip.






 More info on IMDB







The Opening
the sumptuous film from Owen Tooth

'What do you do when you are trapped? Trapped inside your own head because you have lost your voice. The Watchmaker wants to tinker inside and find the cogs and screws, take you apart and put you back together. The Blacksmith wants to use his hammer to beat out your screams... The Opening is about madness and fear; the claustrophobic terror that comes from within and turns every helping hand into an enemy.'

Owen Tooth has created a fantastical new mythology based around his own brushes with madness.

Starring the visceral Rupert Procter, lost alongside a cast of misfits including Elaine Davidson, the world's most pierced person with over 4500 piercings. The film also includes Emma Tooth's first performance.


Filmed largely on the grounds of Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire (location for the imfamous 1969 film 'Women in Love') The Opening made the most of beautifully mouldering rooms untouched for decades, inches deep in the crumbling ashes of the past.


Elvaston Castle is a popular haunt of mediums and psychics as it has had a very long and colourful history and many violent ends have been met there. The Castle as it stands today was created by the 3rd Earl of Harrington and his beloved wife Maria nearly 200 years ago - they wanted to create a gothic fantasy to celebrate their love.


The Opening is especially poignant since even as filming was taking place, arrangements were being made to bulldoze the grounds to make way for a private golf course and to turn the historic castle into a ghastly executive hotel.


We like to think we brought the place to life one more time...


































THE OPENING - trailer

Although The Opening is very much Owen Tooth's creation, Emma was involved in almost every aspect of the film; from acting to props, costumes, coaching actors, ambulance driving, storyboards, driving-while-filming from the windows of her car, graphic design, casting - and the eagle-eyed will even notice her portrait of Owen in the film! Owen and Emma are very much a husband and wife team, both contributing greatly to eachother's work.

Many months before filming began, Emma imagined a surreal short film - maybe only a minute long - where she and her dear friend Olivia Barnard-Firth would don their favourite costumes and sit in sumptuous surroundings, playing oijia board or drinking tea - much as they would in their normal lives, but theatrically heightened with beautiful harpsichord music playing... And her mercurial friend Elaine Davidson, couldn't she be involved too?

Owen had odd visions floating about too; a man burning on a cross, a sinister blacksmith... one night, driving back from a film festival in Nottingham together they began to talk, and the seed was sown. When out on a walk in the summer of 2005 they happened across the "tractor graveyard" on the grounds of Elvaston Castle, Owen wove all these ideas into a timeless fairytale and The Opening was born.

Spring 2006 was fast approaching and it was decided that although funding hadn't been obtained, filming must go ahead before the mists and dead leaves of winter were lost. The sumptuous visual feast that is The Opening was created on a shoestring, with little more than the good-will of talented friends and the ghosts of Elvaston Castle.

Emma's character-sketches for Clinic, Blacksmith and Watchmaker were made flesh as Emma put her costuming skills to good use. The jet-encrusted black Victorian dress Emma wears in the film is actually her real-life wedding dress created by Olivia, seated beside her. Emma made her own headdress, and of course Olivia made her own gown - and the scene is actually filmed in Olivia's dining room!

The Opening is a very personal film. As well as fantasy there is an awful lot of reality in it too.


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