Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project, 2017-18
Enmei which loosely translated means “long life” in Japanese, examines what it means – and what it takes – to age with a sense of dignity and purpose in the youth-centered culture of contemporary dance. The project brings together dance artists, scholars, musicians and designers from the U.S. and Japan to explore how different cultures value (or devalue) the aging body, particularly the older female body, and how those values have shaped our long careers as performing artists. Using the dancing body as a site of exploration, Enmei investigates our unique cultural histories by collapsing the past and present, the personal and universal, the tangible and immaterial. The piece is a testament to the wisdom of the aging body and a celebration of the human spirit.
Collaborators: Mary Fitzgerald (performer/choreographer), Eileen Standley (performer/choreographer/visual artist), Masako Kitaura (performer/choreographer/designer), Rose Weitz (performer/scholar) and Kotoka Suzuki (performer/composer)
Floating Chronologies, 2017-18
Floating Chronology: “A tree-ring chronology for a particular area that does not overlap with chronologies from living trees in that area, and therefore cannot be dated absolutely.” This piece was originally created as a “ten tiny dance duet,” which expanded into a film that reflects on our relationship to time, aging and notions of beauty. Set in the stunning and timeless landscape of the Painted Desert, the piece offers a poetic look at the body’s shifts in strength, resistance and vulnerability across three generations of women.
Choreography created by Mary Fitzgerald in collaboration with the “ten tiny dance” performers, Jessica Rajko and Kassidy Rogers, as well as the film cast, Danielle Feinberg, Liliana Gomez, Sydney Jackson, Shauna Meredith, Taimy Miranda and Nicole Olson. Filmmaker: Dmitri von Klein Music and Animation: Casey Farina Photos: Dmitri von Klein
Spaces Between, 2016-17
An ensemble work that reflects on the meaning of freedom – in relationship to each other, our bodies, our culture and the spaces we share.
Created in collaboration with the dancers: Liliana Gomez, Sydney Jackson, Sharon McCaman and Joan Rodriguez. Music: pincushioned (Doug Nottingham and Barry Moon). Photos: Nathan Palance
Flow States, 2013-15
A multimedia work about the relationship of immersive mind states to neural network generation.
Created in collaboration with Casey Farina (sound/video artist) and Jessica Rajko (dancer). Photos: Dmitri von Klein
Nearby Far, 2014-15
Set in the gorgeous landscape of the Oregon Dunes, Nearby Far explores the endurance of a relationship over the spans of time, space and distance. The film is shot in monochrome, and uses a time lapse process that gives it the quality of early film genres. The score was composed to capture both the essence of the relationship and the environment. Created in collaboration with Brad Garner (dancer/choreographer), Dmitri von Klein (filmmaker) and Chet Udell (composer). Photos: Dmitri von Klein