Passersby at Astor Place in New York City speak silent volumes as they move by the mirrored surface of a diner window. I wanted to capture the unscripted choreography of the street, its dance of gazes and riddle of identities. This film is informed by the work of the Lumiere brothers, with an eye to permeating an authority of the static camera and establishing a question as to who is watching whom.
This Goffmanesque study of how people perform their identities is an enactment of the urban ballet city theorists have described. Bodies are perfectly synchronized, crossing, turning, running, walking, skipping or slowly shuffling along to their unknown destinations.