The atmosphere was electric. Voices over voices while we waited for the guests of honor to open the doors. Fosdick-Nelson Gallery is now home to Tokimeki Blue, a filmed dance exhibition created by dancer Cameron McKinney and filmmaker Cayla Mae Simpson.
The showcase was curated by Alfred University’s very own D. Chase Angier, who was dressed in a black dress and silver shawl. Chase looked as if she was attending a red-carpet event and, for all intents and purposes, she was.
On the outside, the initial turn-out wasn’t as large as one might expect, but what it lacked in numbers it made up for in attention. Walking into the gallery, where the film played, all eyes were locked on the protagonist as he moved from wall to wall, sometimes seemingly teleporting from left to right.
The film’s color, lighting, and repetition over the fantastical electronic drone or emotional beats were masterfully used. Without going into much detail, as Tokimeki Blue is a must-see exhibition, the cinematography, movement, and soundtrack created an experience that won’t be easily forgotten.
The exhibition is open from September 10th to October 14th, 2021. Tokimeki Blue may be short, but it’s created with levels of dedication and passion similar to that of a feature-length film.
By Sam Sage