Aysha Quinn


Give up the Night (Tango) is a piece directed and edited by Aysha Quinn. The video is shot in Recoleta, in Argentina, which is also known as "City of the Dead." This video follows a young man named Nicolas Sarudiansky (Nico) as he walks around the city and tells the audience a story. Nico tells the sad story of his friend committing suicide and how he blames himself. The whole time the camera follows Nico; a black cat lurks behind the shadows and corners, which could symbolize death. The camera movements and editing style are meant to make the audience think of the swirls and kicks of the Argentinean dance the Tango (hence the title). "Tango" also means "great depression or sadness" and helps tie the whole film together.

Quinn's initial concept for this video was just to shoot a graveyard sculpture. She kind of just stumbled upon Nico and found her story. When Nico tells the story of his friend's death the camera spins into a shot of all of the surroundings. This is an example of the Tango and how the camera is used to generate a feeling of intensity when the shocking news is heard. Nico's pain is obvious in that he does not talk that much. The viewer hears a lot of the electronically enhanced music by Marcell Marias that gave an eerie feeling to the whole video. The shots of the statue were a good break away from the gloominess of Nico's story. An interesting fact about this video is that the cat and Nico were actually shot at separate times. Nico was shot first and the cat was added at a later date.

--Adara Holley, 2004

Aysha Quinn