'From realizing that I can make mistakes, I have come to realise there is an order to what I do' – Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to Come, Atlantic Records, USA 1959.

A violent repetition of a dance phrase, Mistakes starts on black with sound and without credits. The film was originally conceived as a video installation and inspired by modern jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman, a repeated video still of Fred Astaire falling over and the betrayal of Szrebreniska by the United Nations.

A companion project brief, was delivered at Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins and London Contemporary Dance School, 1999 – 2004:


  1. Select a medium that you don’t like, or/and are no good at;

  2. push that medium outside the boundaries of what you can do,
    outside of what you already know;

  3. produce a language or a system from the wreckage;

  4. show everybody what you now know.'

Shortlisted in competition at ‘Dance On Screen’, London and at the Brighton Festival. Internationally exhibited, including TTV Riccione, Italy and Dance for Camera, New York.

6’, DV, UK 2000
Dir., conceived & prod. by Alex Reuben

Performed by Vicky Udall
Camera by Iain McGill
Edited by Jane Hodge
Choreographed by
Alex Reuben with
Mita Banerjee
Soundtrack by
Alex Reuben