Suspiria Choreographer Explains the Secret Language of Dance

Get an inside look at how these complex sequences were crafted for Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria.

By Jay Gervais

Earlier today, Amazon Studios released a snippet from one of the featurettes to be included in the upcoming Blu-ray release for Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, which is arriving on January 29th. Have a look above for the video, which details the great level of passion that went into choreographing the complex dance sequences seen throughout the film. The feature includes interviews with the film’s choreographer, Damien Jalet, and two of the film’s main stars, Dakota Johnson and Mia Goth.

The dance sequences play a crucial role in complimenting the plot of Guadagnino’s Suspiria, where its relevance took a back seat in Dario Argento’s original horror classic, who focused more heavily on other themes than on the film’s ballet-like dance choreography. While not giving away any spoilers, we can safely say Guadagnino’s film wouldn’t have been quite the same had it not explored the psychological and physiological aspects of its dance scenes.  

There’s no doubt that Suspiria was on our list of must-see horror film’s for 2018 and, due in large part to its limited release, many of you have not had the pleasure to watch it yet. Thankfully, this issue has finally been rectified with the film now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. As mentioned, the film will also be available on Blu-ray later this month on January 29th.

In Suspiria, evil lurks deep within a world-renowned dance company in Germany. Susie Bannion, an ambitious young dancer, travels there to perfect her dance skills but soon learns something is amiss following her arrival. The dance troupe’s artistic director, Madame Blanc, is an enigmatic woman committed fully to the art of dance and becomes fixated on Bannion for her own mysterious reasons.

After fellow students begin disappearing, Bannion attempts to unravel the mysteries that whisper beneath the surface with the help of her new friend Sara and grieving psychologist Jozef Klemperer. However, what they find unleashes a relentless nightmare that may have been better left stowed away in secrecy.

Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria is a remake of a 1977 film of the same name by Dario Argento (Deep Red, Phenomena). This new version stars Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades series) as Susie Bannion, Chloë Grace Moretz (Carrie, Let Me In) as Patricia Hingle, Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange) in three roles as Madame Blanc, Dr. Jozek Klemperer, and Helena Markos, Mia Goth as Sara, and Renée Soutendijk as Miss Huller.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering Suspiria on Blu-ray, head on over to Amazon today.

About the Author

Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.

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