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, composer/media artist Casey Farina and 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 Wilcox and Rebecca Witt. Music: pinchusioned (Barry Moon and Doug Nottingham). Visual Design: Mary Fitzgerald and Mark Pry. 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). 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). 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 Chet Udell (composer). Photos: Dmitri von Klein