‘THE BODY ON THREE FLOORS was a 50-minute production for television selected for screening at the Melbourne Film Festival in 1986. A collaborative enterprise co-ordinated by filmmaker Mike Leggett between a dozen people with different professional skills including choreography, playwrighting, art history, acting, ethology, clowning, contemporary dance, zoology, music and filmmaking. The program utilises the essay of method and the essay of imagination, working across television genres in a manner intended to be both serious and entertaining.
The video utilises the essay format; the essay of method and the essay of imagination. Though the form has its roots in literature, the program draws on its potential for wide and sometimes disparate reference in a manner intended to be both serious and entertaining.
Television separates subjects and their representation into ‘specialisms’ or genres which occur in more or less the same spot each week; the natural history documentary, the variety show, the drama play, the music or dance program, the educational slot, the chat show. All are encountered within THE BODY ON THREE FLOORS as part of the essayist’s experiment. Furthermore, the sections concerned with dance are choreographed in relation to the visual space defined by image size on the TV screen, rather than the space in which the dancer performs.