Timeless Land (Dance Film), 2021-2022
Timeless Land pays tribute to an untouched area of the high desert in New Mexico. As if passing through a portal to a secret world, the film offers a glimpse of a space that evokes a sense of wonder and humility. We felt privileged to explore our connection to the place and to each other as we passed through.
Creators: Choreographers and performers Nicole Bradley Browning and Mary Fitzgerald. Filmmaker: Dmitri von Klein. Music: Doug Nottingham.
Photos: Video stills of film
Sylvan is a multimedia performance installation created by dance artists Mary Fitzgerald and Eileen Standley, visual designer Galina Mihaleva, and composer Barry Moon. The project explores ideas about the visibility and invisibility of older women’s bodies, giving voice to that which often remains unseen, overlooked, or denigrated in U.S. culture.
Creators: Choreographers and performers Mary Fitzgerald and Eileen Standley. Costume/Visual Designer: Galina Mihaleva. Composer/Sound Installation: Barry Moon.
Photos: Jenny Gerena
During the pandemic in 2020-21, I created two different versions of Melt via Zoom in collaboration with soloists Tahimy Miranda and Faith Markovetz. Each dancer had an opportunity to perform their version of the work live at venues in Utah and New Mexico. The work explores the phenomenon of ice formation and glacier melting as a metaphor for inner change.
Creators: Choreographer Mary Fitzgerald in collaboration with soloists Tahimy Miranda and Faith Markovetz.
Photos: Video stills of Tahimy Miranda
Amplified, Amplificado II and Desert Alluvium, 2019-present
The many iterations of Amplified explore ideas about the passage of time, transformation, and the visibility of the older woman’s body. The work originally was inspired by our research about women, dance and aging, and has evolved into an exploration of metamorphosis and change. Amplificado II, the film version of this work, uses the visceral poetry of renowned artists Ada Limón and Natalie Diaz as part of the sound score, delving into questions about how the body’s presence expands and contracts over time. What do we become–and what do we leave behind–as the outer layers fall away?
Creators: Choreographers and performers Mary Fitzgerald and Eileen Standley. Music by various musicians: Michael Vatcher, Barry Moon, and Doug Nottingham. Costume Design: Claire Fleury (bright orange and red); Mary Fitzgerald and Eileen Standley (grey, white, and black)
Photos: Lawrence Fung, Jenny Gerena and Friends
Twined is an intimate duet created for and with Coley Curry and Elisa Reed that explores ideas about the deep bonds formed between twins during gestation. How do those bonds manifest later in life in terms of movement and energetic patterns, and how vulnerable are they over time?
Creators: Choreographer Mary Fitzgerald in collaboration with dancers Coley Curry and Elisa Reed
Photos: Video stills of rehearsal
Vestiges (Dance Film), 2018
Vestiges is a collaborative project that uses dance, film and animation to map and transform the fleeting nature of movement. The piece abstractly delves into questions about the tangible and intangible legacies of dance – what is left behind when the motion of the physical body diminishes, or is no longer fully visible? As dancers and choreographers, we constantly face the reality of our physical limitations and the impermanence of our art form. While they cannot capture the visceral quality of movement, to some degree, digital technologies have the capacity to transcend those limitations. Film and animation can serve as excellent tools for transforming motion, offering a resonant semblance, or vestige, of embodied experiences.
Creators: Choreographers/directors Mary Fitzgerald and Eileen Standley. Filmmaker: Dmitri von Klein. Music and Animation: Casey Farina. Dancers: Taimy Miranda and Joan Rodriguez.
Photos: Dmitri von Klein
ShiftState is part of a series of works that poetically reflect on the aging process. It draws inspiration from Buddhist philosophy in a mediation on time, impermanence, and legacy.
Creators: Mary Fitzgerald choreographed and performed this work in collaboration with an ensemble of dancers: Coley Curry, Sharon McCaman, Shauna Meredith, Elisa Reed, Halley Willcox and Rebecca Witt. Music: pinchusioned (Barry Moon and Doug Nottingham). Visual Design: Mary Fitzgerald and Mark Pry. Lighting Design: Carolyn Koch Costumes: Jacqueline Benard.
Photos: Tim Trumble
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). Lighting Design: Carolyn Koch.
Photos: Sean Deckert, Jenny Gerena and Eileen Standley
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). Lighting Design: Carolyn Koch.
Photos: Nathan Palance
Using the elements of movement, light, and sound, five artists created this work in real-time. The piece was inspired by the passage of time, and explores spontaneous temporal and visual shifts in the body and environment. Collaborators: Mary Fitzgerald and Eileen Standley (movement artists), Barry Moon and Doug Nottingham (musicians) and Carolyn Koch (lighting designer).
Photos: Tim Trumble and Victor
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 het Udell (composer).
Photos: Dmitri von Klein