DDCF Dance Film Fest 2017

2016 DDCF Dance Film Fest

ARTLAB J in partnership with Marcus White/White Werx are curating a Dance Film Fest within DDCF. The Film Fest will feature works by choreographers and filmmakers who are interested in working at the intersection of film and movement. Ten films will be featured each day for a total of twenty films showed from artists across the world!

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE ARTISTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE 2016 DANCE FILM FEST

'Oonossa'                Kelly Buwalda

'This I Must Remember'     Wilder Project Dance

'Know You'                Galen Bremer

'Su Misura'                Marco Longo

'Home Alone'                Adi Halfin

          'Undertow'                Ellen Maynard       

'Songs of the Underworld'        Nicola Hepp     

'Variation on Residue'                Sharon Mansur

'Gravity’s Angel'            Rosie Trump

                           'RIB'               Megan Payne & Toby Shearer

'Beside Me'                  Christa Smutek

'Hungar’s Beach'             Kate Corby

'Martiality'                Marianne Kim

      'La Demiurge'       Alain El Sakhawi        

         'Reborn'                Andrew Margetson

                    'In Between'     Blake Horn & Lillian Stamey         

'Insert [Coda]' Here               Sharon Mansur

'Geometries of Time'            Zornitsa Stoyanova

'Resting Places'            Adam E. Stone

                          'In Transit'      Hollye Bynum & Christopher Vitiello

 
 

2016 DANCE FILM FEST ARTISTS

Kelly Buwalda & Fred Hatt Kelly Buwalda is a dancer, choreographer, and educator.  She currently performs in her own work and is a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute and New York City Ballet. Oonossa is Buwalda's first experiment with dance film, and she looks forward to more collaborations in dance and media with Fred Hatt. Fred Hatt has done drawing and painting, photography and video, lighting and projection, writing and performance, since the 1990’s. He often collaborates with dancers and performers, making dance for camera, shadow play, painting as performance, and other combinations of visual media and live performance. His visual artwork is currently represented by Figureworks in Brooklyn, and has an extensive online presence.

Kelly Buwalda & Fred Hatt

Kelly Buwalda is a dancer, choreographer, and educator.  She currently performs in her own work and is a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute and New York City Ballet. Oonossa is Buwalda's first experiment with dance film, and she looks forward to more collaborations in dance and media with Fred Hatt.

Fred Hatt has done drawing and painting, photography and video, lighting and projection, writing and performance, since the 1990’s. He often collaborates with dancers and performers, making dance for camera, shadow play, painting as performance, and other combinations of visual media and live performance. His visual artwork is currently represented by Figureworks in Brooklyn, and has an extensive online presence.

Nicola Hepp Educated in Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands, Nicola Balhuizen Hepp obtained her Master in Choreography and New Media at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in 2006. Her live performances have involved video and projections since 2003. Nicola's choreographies and screendance works have been shown in festivals and venues internationally and has won several awards and nominations.

Nicola Hepp

Educated in Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands, Nicola Balhuizen Hepp obtained her Master in Choreography and New Media at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in 2006. Her live performances have involved video and projections since 2003. Nicola's choreographies and screendance works have been shown in festivals and venues internationally and has won several awards and nominations.

Adi Halfin Adi Halfin is an award winning director and screenwriter.  Born in Jerusalem (1977) and raised partly in London, she is a graduate cum laude of the Sam Spiegel Film School, Jerusalem.   Her three shorts have traveled the world in prestigious festivals such as Cannes and Berlinale and have won numerous prizes worldwide.  Adi has worked as a 1st assistant director in feature films, TV dramas and commercials, where she gained a vast experience in the art of film making, assisting and learning from the best Israeli directors, such as Amos Gitai, Samuel Maoz, Rama Burshtein and many more.   In addition to directing documentaries, music videos and commercials, Adi teaches production and directing in film schools, where she has built a unique program that emphasizes the relations between the history of art and cinema.  Her recent work "HOME ALONE" in which she collaborated with the Bat Sheva Dance Company was a viral hit and has won best short in the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (2014) and in Korea's SESIFF festival (2014). This 2 minute short has gained a life of its own and is discovering the planet through film festivals till today.  The 15 second clip she directed for Mark Ronson's "Daffodils" (feat. Kevin Parker) won the Genero TV contest and was chosen as one of the top three videos by Mr. Ronson.   Adi currently divides her time between Tel-Aviv and Berlin, where she's working on her first two feature films, writing two shorts and directing music videos and commercials.

Adi Halfin

Adi Halfin is an award winning director and screenwriter.  Born in Jerusalem (1977) and raised partly in London, she is a graduate cum laude of the Sam Spiegel Film School, Jerusalem.   Her three shorts have traveled the world in prestigious festivals such as Cannes and Berlinale and have won numerous prizes worldwide.  Adi has worked as a 1st assistant director in feature films, TV dramas and commercials, where she gained a vast experience in the art of film making, assisting and learning from the best Israeli directors, such as Amos Gitai, Samuel Maoz, Rama Burshtein and many more.   In addition to directing documentaries, music videos and commercials, Adi teaches production and directing in film schools, where she has built a unique program that emphasizes the relations between the history of art and cinema.  Her recent work "HOME ALONE" in which she collaborated with the Bat Sheva Dance Company was a viral hit and has won best short in the San Francisco Dance Film Festival (2014) and in Korea's SESIFF festival (2014). This 2 minute short has gained a life of its own and is discovering the planet through film festivals till today.  The 15 second clip she directed for Mark Ronson's "Daffodils" (feat. Kevin Parker) won the Genero TV contest and was chosen as one of the top three videos by Mr. Ronson.   Adi currently divides her time between Tel-Aviv and Berlin, where she's working on her first two feature films, writing two shorts and directing music videos and commercials.

Holly Bynum Holly Wilder is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher based in New York City, with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory. She has choreographed for the Boston Conservatory mainstage, JUNTOS Collective, composer John Heiss, and multiple music videos. Recently, she founded Wilder Project, a film and stage dance company, with her brother, Duncan, a freelance cinematographer. Their contemporary dance films have been screened at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Dance Films Association’s "Dance Film Lab,” the Theater at 14th St Y, and Center for Performance Research.

Holly Bynum

Holly Wilder is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher based in New York City, with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory. She has choreographed for the Boston Conservatory mainstage, JUNTOS Collective, composer John Heiss, and multiple music videos. Recently, she founded Wilder Project, a film and stage dance company, with her brother, Duncan, a freelance cinematographer. Their contemporary dance films have been screened at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Dance Films Association’s "Dance Film Lab,” the Theater at 14th St Y, and Center for Performance Research.

Sharon Mansur Sharon loves dancing. And creating experiences where active viewing and imagination are welcome. Working and playing with others. And snacks. Experimenting. And finding ways to support and build the creative ecology within a community.  www.mansurdance.com

Sharon Mansur

Sharon loves dancing. And creating experiences where active viewing and imagination are welcome. Working and playing with others. And snacks. Experimenting. And finding ways to support and build the creative ecology within a community.  www.mansurdance.com

Alain El Sakhawi Alain El Sakhawi works as a dancer and videomaker for Compagnia Zappalà Danza. He is doing also his own work. "La Démiurge#1" has won at COORPI-LA Danza in 1 minuto ed2015 1/ First Prize 2/ Special Prize 3/ Best editing (from CINEDANS festival)

Alain El Sakhawi

Alain El Sakhawi works as a dancer and videomaker for Compagnia Zappalà Danza. He is doing also his own work. "La Démiurge#1" has won at COORPI-LA Danza in 1 minuto ed2015 1/ First Prize 2/ Special Prize 3/ Best editing (from CINEDANS festival)

Holly Wilder Holly Wilder is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher based in New York City, with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory. She has choreographed for the Boston Conservatory mainstage, JUNTOS Collective, composer John Heiss, and multiple music videos. Recently, she founded Wilder Project, a film and stage dance company, with her brother, Duncan, a freelance cinematographer. Their contemporary dance films have been screened at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Dance Films Association’s "Dance Film Lab,” the Theater at 14th St Y, and Center for Performance Research.

Holly Wilder

Holly Wilder is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher based in New York City, with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from The Boston Conservatory. She has choreographed for the Boston Conservatory mainstage, JUNTOS Collective, composer John Heiss, and multiple music videos. Recently, she founded Wilder Project, a film and stage dance company, with her brother, Duncan, a freelance cinematographer. Their contemporary dance films have been screened at the Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Dance Films Association’s "Dance Film Lab,” the Theater at 14th St Y, and Center for Performance Research.

Andrew Margetson Andrew Margetson is an award-winning director of commercials. He has created memorable spots for many of the world's top brands: Canon, Sony, Nike, Coca Cola, Alfa Romeo, Vodafone, Renault, Nintendo, Pepsi, Skoda, BBC. In 2014 he made the short Help Point, his first film made for cinema. It has gone on to be screened in over 50 festivals and won 10 awards. In 2015 he made the short dance documentary Reborn:Lauren Cuthbertson in association with Nowness.com and The Royal Ballet.

Andrew Margetson

Andrew Margetson is an award-winning director of commercials. He has created memorable spots for many of the world's top brands: Canon, Sony, Nike, Coca Cola, Alfa Romeo, Vodafone, Renault, Nintendo, Pepsi, Skoda, BBC. In 2014 he made the short Help Point, his first film made for cinema. It has gone on to be screened in over 50 festivals and won 10 awards. In 2015 he made the short dance documentary Reborn:Lauren Cuthbertson in association with Nowness.com and The Royal Ballet.

Ellen Maaynard Ellen Maynard is a Brooklyn-based dance artist and filmmaker and a graduate of The Ohio State University Department of Dance. Ellen is co-creator of The Fleet Dance Video Production, a company that documents dance performance throughout New York and creates promos and reels for dance. Ellen is a dancer with Quentin Burley Dance Group, and she choreographs site-specific works for The West Harlem Arts Fund "Under the Viaduct" Series. Ellen spends her summers as a videographer at Bates Dance Festival.

Ellen Maaynard

Ellen Maynard is a Brooklyn-based dance artist and filmmaker and a graduate of The Ohio State University Department of Dance. Ellen is co-creator of The Fleet Dance Video Production, a company that documents dance performance throughout New York and creates promos and reels for dance. Ellen is a dancer with Quentin Burley Dance Group, and she choreographs site-specific works for The West Harlem Arts Fund "Under the Viaduct" Series. Ellen spends her summers as a videographer at Bates Dance Festival.

Lillian Stamey Blake Horn and Lillian Stamey have been working together for three years creating a stage for dance on film. Lillian, co-founder and director of 96b dance collective, is interested in experiences of the human condition and seeks to reveal the emotional body within her work. Blake, filmmaker and cinematographer, is a storyteller who distills reality in order to provoke a change of perspective. Together, they blend the magical elements of these two mediums. Both individually and as a team, Lillian and Blake are influenced by a wide variety of genres including: performance, visual, media art and literature. They are drawn to work motivated by emotional, intellectual, or societal concepts, that shed light on reality in abstract ways. Film and dance together are able to transcend space and time, communicate through movement, and direct the audience’s eye in ways that are limited in live performance. These two artists aim to take the viewer on a journey outside of ordinary reality.

Lillian Stamey

Blake Horn and Lillian Stamey have been working together for three years creating a stage for dance on film. Lillian, co-founder and director of 96b dance collective, is interested in experiences of the human condition and seeks to reveal the emotional body within her work. Blake, filmmaker and cinematographer, is a storyteller who distills reality in order to provoke a change of perspective. Together, they blend the magical elements of these two mediums. Both individually and as a team, Lillian and Blake are influenced by a wide variety of genres including: performance, visual, media art and literature. They are drawn to work motivated by emotional, intellectual, or societal concepts, that shed light on reality in abstract ways. Film and dance together are able to transcend space and time, communicate through movement, and direct the audience’s eye in ways that are limited in live performance. These two artists aim to take the viewer on a journey outside of ordinary reality.

Marianne Kim Marianne M. Kim is a Korean American artist working in screendance, video art, and multimedia installation. The most recent screening of Martiality, Not Fighting include Athens Video Dance Project, Dance Film Association/Film Society of Lincoln Center, International Screendance Festival at American Dance Festival, MIVSC São Carlos Videodance Festival, Agite y Sirva Festival Itinerante de Videodanza, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and Ciné-Corps Festival de Films Sur La Danse. Martiality, Not Fighting was awarded a Dioraphte Jury Award at Cinedans 2016 in Amsterdam, Best Performance Award at the Voarte – InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies in 2014, and Best Short Film at Dance Camera West 2015 in Los Angeles. Kim is currently Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance and Arizona State University.

Marianne Kim

Marianne M. Kim is a Korean American artist working in screendance, video art, and multimedia installation. The most recent screening of Martiality, Not Fighting include Athens Video Dance Project, Dance Film Association/Film Society of Lincoln Center, International Screendance Festival at American Dance Festival, MIVSC São Carlos Videodance Festival, Agite y Sirva Festival Itinerante de Videodanza, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and Ciné-Corps Festival de Films Sur La Danse. Martiality, Not Fighting was awarded a Dioraphte Jury Award at Cinedans 2016 in Amsterdam, Best Performance Award at the Voarte – InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies in 2014, and Best Short Film at Dance Camera West 2015 in Los Angeles. Kim is currently Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance and Arizona State University.

Galen Bremer, Emma Hoette and Zoe Rabinowitz Emma Hoette attended Parsons the New School for Design, combining dance and design to graduate with honors. She has performed for The Space We Make, Ben van Buren, Shandoah Goldman, and ThreeASFOUR; and designed costumes for Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, Rebecca Stenn, Alexandra Beller and Ishmael Houston Jones. Emma has co-taught at Parsons’ Integrated Design Department and was Design faculty at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam Zoe Rabinowitz is a freelance dance artist based in Brooklyn, and Associate Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, based between New York and Palestine. She has taught and performed throughout the US, Arab World, and Asia. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City, and supported by the Manhattan Community Arts Fund and CUNY Dance Initiative. Zoe was selected as a 2014 resident artist at Dance Omi and 2016 resident artist at the Marble House Project. Zoe is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Galen Bremer is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, NY. His music compositions have accompanied dance works by Nancy Allison, Sara Gurevich, Zoe Rabinowitz and Anne Zuerner at venues throughout New York City and nationally. He appears on FatCat Records with New York based art rock band, Forest Fire. His music has been described as "ominous" (The New York Times), "mesmerizing" (Off Off Off Dance) "addictive, hypnotic" (Pitchfork Media). He was recently an artist in residence at Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Bremer is currently the Associate Director of Dance Films Association, and a producer of the Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by Dance Films Association and Film Society of Lincoln Center. Galen has a Bachelor of Arts in Music/Jazz Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he studied contemporary music and technology.

Galen Bremer, Emma Hoette and Zoe Rabinowitz

Emma Hoette attended Parsons the New School for Design, combining dance and design to graduate with honors. She has performed for The Space We Make, Ben van Buren, Shandoah Goldman, and ThreeASFOUR; and designed costumes for Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, Rebecca Stenn, Alexandra Beller and Ishmael Houston Jones. Emma has co-taught at Parsons’ Integrated Design Department and was Design faculty at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

Zoe Rabinowitz is a freelance dance artist based in Brooklyn, and Associate Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, based between New York and Palestine. She has taught and performed throughout the US, Arab World, and Asia. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City, and supported by the Manhattan Community Arts Fund and CUNY Dance Initiative. Zoe was selected as a 2014 resident artist at Dance Omi and 2016 resident artist at the Marble House Project. Zoe is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program.

Galen Bremer is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, NY. His music compositions have accompanied dance works by Nancy Allison, Sara Gurevich, Zoe Rabinowitz and Anne Zuerner at venues throughout New York City and nationally. He appears on FatCat Records with New York based art rock band, Forest Fire. His music has been described as "ominous" (The New York Times), "mesmerizing" (Off Off Off Dance) "addictive, hypnotic" (Pitchfork Media). He was recently an artist in residence at Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Bremer is currently the Associate Director of Dance Films Association, and a producer of the Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by Dance Films Association and Film Society of Lincoln Center. Galen has a Bachelor of Arts in Music/Jazz Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he studied contemporary music and technology.

Megan Payne Megan Payne is a Charlotte based choreographer and performer. She graduated from Ohio University with a B.F.A. in Dance (2009), and received her M.F.A. in Dance from Hollins University (2012), in partnership with the American Dance Festival. Megan has had the privilege of presenting her work at the American College Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, and the OhioDance Festival, among other notable performances. Megan is currently working as a free-lance choreographer, performing and collaborating with the Baran Dance Company and Triptych Collective, and is co-director of the Women's Showcase, a festival presenting local and regional female artists.

Megan Payne

Megan Payne is a Charlotte based choreographer and performer. She graduated from Ohio University with a B.F.A. in Dance (2009), and received her M.F.A. in Dance from Hollins University (2012), in partnership with the American Dance Festival. Megan has had the privilege of presenting her work at the American College Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, and the OhioDance Festival, among other notable performances. Megan is currently working as a free-lance choreographer, performing and collaborating with the Baran Dance Company and Triptych Collective, and is co-director of the Women's Showcase, a festival presenting local and regional female artists.

Kate Corby Kate Corby is a contemporary choreographer, movement educator and performer. She has shown her work extensively in the US and in Canada, Brazil, Taiwan and Hungary, where she traveled as a Fulbright fellow. Kate is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) and continues to create work with her Chicago-based company Kate Corby & Dancers. Her choreography has been called “ingenious” by the Chicago Reader, “jarringly beautiful” by the Isthmus and is consistently a Critics’ Pick in Time Out Chicago. Kate was also featured in Dance Magazine as one of six choreographers “on the cusp of making waves in the larger dance world.” Her more recent projects include a residency at Experimental Film Virginia, a collaboration with video artist Orit Ben-Shitrit through a DANCE MOViES commission by EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the City of Chicago’s SpinOff festival.

Kate Corby

Kate Corby is a contemporary choreographer, movement educator and performer. She has shown her work extensively in the US and in Canada, Brazil, Taiwan and Hungary, where she traveled as a Fulbright fellow. Kate is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) and continues to create work with her Chicago-based company Kate Corby & Dancers. Her choreography has been called “ingenious” by the Chicago Reader, “jarringly beautiful” by the Isthmus and is consistently a Critics’ Pick in Time Out Chicago. Kate was also featured in Dance Magazine as one of six choreographers “on the cusp of making waves in the larger dance world.” Her more recent projects include a residency at Experimental Film Virginia, a collaboration with video artist Orit Ben-Shitrit through a DANCE MOViES commission by EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the City of Chicago’s SpinOff festival.

Rosie Trump Rosie Trump is a dance choreographer, filmmaker, and the artistic director of Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance, a pick up company with a hybrid practice in dance and video media.  Her work is nostalgic in style, feminist, and deliberately understated.   She plays with the tension between the ordinary and the absurd in search of movement that is mutually comedic and political. Her dance films have been presented by the Utah Dance Film Festival, the Philadelphia Dance Film Festival, the Opine Dance Film Festival, the RADfest, the Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, and Dances Made to Order.  She is the founder and curator of the annual Third Coast Dance Film Festival.  Trump is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno.   www.rosietrump.org

Rosie Trump

Rosie Trump is a dance choreographer, filmmaker, and the artistic director of Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance, a pick up company with a hybrid practice in dance and video media.  Her work is nostalgic in style, feminist, and deliberately understated.   She plays with the tension between the ordinary and the absurd in search of movement that is mutually comedic and political. Her dance films have been presented by the Utah Dance Film Festival, the Philadelphia Dance Film Festival, the Opine Dance Film Festival, the RADfest, the Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, and Dances Made to Order.  She is the founder and curator of the annual Third Coast Dance Film Festival.  Trump is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

 www.rosietrump.org

Christa Smutek Christa Smutek received her B.S. in Movement Science from the University of Michigan, 2013. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of SueMo Dance Company in Milwaukee, WI. Morgan Williams has danced professionally with Dance Kaleidoscope, Joell Hall & Dancers, and Eisenhower Dance. He is currently the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of SueMo Dance Company. Christa and Morgan both teach and choreograph for Studio One Dance Company in Wales, Wisconsin.

Christa Smutek

Christa Smutek received her B.S. in Movement Science from the University of Michigan, 2013. She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of SueMo Dance Company in Milwaukee, WI. Morgan Williams has danced professionally with Dance Kaleidoscope, Joell Hall & Dancers, and Eisenhower Dance. He is currently the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of SueMo Dance Company. Christa and Morgan both teach and choreograph for Studio One Dance Company in Wales, Wisconsin.

Adam E. Stone Adam E. Stone is the director, writer, and producer of the ballet films "Resting Places: A Ballet Film" (2015) and "Janet: A Silent Ballet Film" (2014), which have been featured in numerous festivals throughout the United States of America. He is also the writer, producer, and co-director of the films "Thank You for the Letter" (2014) and "Abstractly You Loved Me" (2013). His other work includes the spoken-word ballet "A Life Unhappening" (2012), the DVD novel "Cache Girl Saves the World: A Novel in Visions" (2010), and three traditional print novels: "The New Harmonies" (2009), "Kingston Fugue" (2007), and "Xamon Song" (2006).

Adam E. Stone

Adam E. Stone is the director, writer, and producer of the ballet films "Resting Places: A Ballet Film" (2015) and "Janet: A Silent Ballet Film" (2014), which have been featured in numerous festivals throughout the United States of America. He is also the writer, producer, and co-director of the films "Thank You for the Letter" (2014) and "Abstractly You Loved Me" (2013). His other work includes the spoken-word ballet "A Life Unhappening" (2012), the DVD novel "Cache Girl Saves the World: A Novel in Visions" (2010), and three traditional print novels: "The New Harmonies" (2009), "Kingston Fugue" (2007), and "Xamon Song" (2006).

Marco Longo Augenblick is an italian collective formed by: Alessandra Elettra Badoino (1980) theatrical set designer, performer, Danzeducatore; Marina Giardina (1970) dancer, actress and performer; Fabio Poggi (1972) performer, PhD in Urbanism with a focus on the performativity of space; Marco Longo (1986), filmmaker.

Marco Longo

Augenblick is an italian collective formed by: Alessandra Elettra Badoino (1980) theatrical set designer, performer, Danzeducatore; Marina Giardina (1970) dancer, actress and performer; Fabio Poggi (1972) performer, PhD in Urbanism with a focus on the performativity of space; Marco Longo (1986), filmmaker.

Zornista Stoyanova Zornitsa Stoyanova is a performance artist, curator, writer, lighting and video designer based in Philadelphia, PA. A native of Bulgaria, she holds B.A. in Dance and Sound Design from Bennington College, VT. After concluding her studies, she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she started creating, producing and presenting performing art and video under the name Here[begin] Dance.   She is deeply inspired by artists like Anthony McCall, James Turrell and Japanese choreographer Naoko Tanaka.  She questions the ideas of the constructed structures of performance and pushes the boundaries of social propriety. Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her most recent work.  Since becoming a mother in 2013 her work has focused on abstracting the female body, feminist ideas and imagery.    In 2008 Zornitsa was a fellow with Headlong Performance Institute, where she focused on abstract character building, clowning and interactive theatrical performance. Later, her studies with Deborah Hay sparked an interest in performance presence and deconstruction of communication thorough posture and gesture.  Since then, Zornitsa has sought out professional development opportunities researching art practices in abstracting the body and looking for emotional content and potential for meaning. Her most influential teachers include Miguel Gutierrez, Michelle Boule, Ishmael Houston Jones, Susan Rethorst, Fay Driscoll, Luciana Achugar, Danny Lepkoff amongst others.   While an artist in residence at Meet the Next Generation program, part of eXplore Dance Festival 2011 in Bucharest, Romania, she studied with Meg Stuart. This influenced her tremendously and furthered her research in extreme emotional presence.  To this date Zornitsa uses Stuart’s methodologies in working with power dynamics and physical states in performance.   In September 2015, she started a yearlong residency at <fidget> space in Philadelphia exploring personal narratives from the female perspective along with custom lighting and Mylar multimedia interaction.  Her residency brought her to producing a collection of photography and dance on camera she calls Body Etudes. Culminating the residency Zornitsa will present a multimedia interactive performance event called Explicit Female last weekend in April, 2016.  Zornitsa is a supporter for a sustainable dance community.  From 2006 until 2010, she was a member of Mascher Space Cooperative and is deeply invested in helping further conversation and collaboration. As Here[begin] Dance she has curated and produced Current: an evening of dance and art and Dance Cinema Projects from 2007 until 2011.  She has hosted and organized multiple workshops for the community and taught free workshops in making web sites for artists and budgeting. In February 2015, she started a community dance workshop in collaboration with <fidget> space called Get What You Need.  Along with fellow artist Kristen Shahverdian and Jacelyn Biondo, Zornitsa is curating an ongoing festival called Move Dance Think Fest.  She teaches improvisation technique for performance, dance on camera and composition and has done so in Philadelphia, France, Hungary and her native Bulgaria. Zornitsa is also a writer for thinkingdance.net.  Her latest project is Moms Make Art residency in partnership with Mascher Space Cooperative and Fidget Space. She is presently raising funds and organizing the four month flexible residency for young mothers who create performance.  www.herebegindance.com

Zornista Stoyanova

Zornitsa Stoyanova is a performance artist, curator, writer, lighting and video designer based in Philadelphia, PA. A native of Bulgaria, she holds B.A. in Dance and Sound Design from Bennington College, VT. After concluding her studies, she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she started creating, producing and presenting performing art and video under the name Here[begin] Dance.   She is deeply inspired by artists like Anthony McCall, James Turrell and Japanese choreographer Naoko Tanaka.  She questions the ideas of the constructed structures of performance and pushes the boundaries of social propriety. Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her most recent work.  Since becoming a mother in 2013 her work has focused on abstracting the female body, feminist ideas and imagery.    In 2008 Zornitsa was a fellow with Headlong Performance Institute, where she focused on abstract character building, clowning and interactive theatrical performance. Later, her studies with Deborah Hay sparked an interest in performance presence and deconstruction of communication thorough posture and gesture.  Since then, Zornitsa has sought out professional development opportunities researching art practices in abstracting the body and looking for emotional content and potential for meaning. Her most influential teachers include Miguel Gutierrez, Michelle Boule, Ishmael Houston Jones, Susan Rethorst, Fay Driscoll, Luciana Achugar, Danny Lepkoff amongst others.   While an artist in residence at Meet the Next Generation program, part of eXplore Dance Festival 2011 in Bucharest, Romania, she studied with Meg Stuart. This influenced her tremendously and furthered her research in extreme emotional presence.  To this date Zornitsa uses Stuart’s methodologies in working with power dynamics and physical states in performance.   In September 2015, she started a yearlong residency at <fidget> space in Philadelphia exploring personal narratives from the female perspective along with custom lighting and Mylar multimedia interaction.  Her residency brought her to producing a collection of photography and dance on camera she calls Body Etudes. Culminating the residency Zornitsa will present a multimedia interactive performance event called Explicit Female last weekend in April, 2016.  Zornitsa is a supporter for a sustainable dance community.  From 2006 until 2010, she was a member of Mascher Space Cooperative and is deeply invested in helping further conversation and collaboration. As Here[begin] Dance she has curated and produced Current: an evening of dance and art and Dance Cinema Projects from 2007 until 2011.  She has hosted and organized multiple workshops for the community and taught free workshops in making web sites for artists and budgeting. In February 2015, she started a community dance workshop in collaboration with <fidget> space called Get What You Need.  Along with fellow artist Kristen Shahverdian and Jacelyn Biondo, Zornitsa is curating an ongoing festival called Move Dance Think Fest.  She teaches improvisation technique for performance, dance on camera and composition and has done so in Philadelphia, France, Hungary and her native Bulgaria. Zornitsa is also a writer for thinkingdance.net.  Her latest project is Moms Make Art residency in partnership with Mascher Space Cooperative and Fidget Space. She is presently raising funds and organizing the four month flexible residency for young mothers who create performance.  www.herebegindance.com


DDCF 2016 Dance Film Fest Adjudicators

Meet our 2016 panel of judges for this years Detroit Dance Film Fest!

Peter Sparling Peter Sparling is the Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor of Dance and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at University of Michigan. He is a resident artist at UM's Life Sciences Institute. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School, Sparling was a member of the José Limón Dance Company (1971-73) and principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company (1973-87).  On the UM Dance faculty since 1984, Sparling has served as chair of U-M Dance Department and as a faculty fellow at the Institute for the Humanities and the Society of Fellows. As artistic director of Peter Sparling Dance Company, first in New York and then for 15 years in Ann Arbor, he directed both company and school, performed 10 seasons at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and choreographed and directed Orfeo ed Euridice in partnership with UMS.  He has received the U-M Distinguished Faculty Award and the Governor’s Michigan Artist Award. His writings have appeared in Ballet Review, Choreographic Practices, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and in the soon to be published anthology, Dance's Duet with the Camera: Motion Pictures. He has presented papers at Society of Dance History Scholars and European Association for Dance Historians. His dances for video have been selected for festivals in New York, Scotland, Lisbon, Paris, Riga, and most recently, at the Cannes Film Festival. His Judith: A Domestic Psychodrama for Screendance and Orchestra, was premiered with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, MI in March, 2016.

Peter Sparling

Peter Sparling is the Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor of Dance and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at University of Michigan. He is a resident artist at UM's Life Sciences Institute. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School, Sparling was a member of the José Limón Dance Company (1971-73) and principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company (1973-87).  On the UM Dance faculty since 1984, Sparling has served as chair of U-M Dance Department and as a faculty fellow at the Institute for the Humanities and the Society of Fellows. As artistic director of Peter Sparling Dance Company, first in New York and then for 15 years in Ann Arbor, he directed both company and school, performed 10 seasons at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and choreographed and directed Orfeo ed Euridice in partnership with UMS.  He has received the U-M Distinguished Faculty Award and the Governor’s Michigan Artist Award. His writings have appeared in Ballet Review, Choreographic Practices, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and in the soon to be published anthology, Dance's Duet with the Camera: Motion Pictures. He has presented papers at Society of Dance History Scholars and European Association for Dance Historians. His dances for video have been selected for festivals in New York, Scotland, Lisbon, Paris, Riga, and most recently, at the Cannes Film Festival. His Judith: A Domestic Psychodrama for Screendance and Orchestra, was premiered with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, MI in March, 2016.

Terri Sarris Terri Sarris has been teaching media production (including courses on screendance) at the University of Michigan for over two decades. Her experimental films have screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, most recently in 2016 (Drive In and Our Last Hurrah) and 2015 (Ziegler). Her film Buzzards Steal Your Picnic was awarded "Best Michigan Film" at both the 2008 Ann Arbor Film Festival and 2007 Detroit International Documentary Festival.  The Radiant Sun, her 2010 documentary portrait of Kresge Eminent Artist and modernism textile designer Ruth Adler Schnee, has screened nationally and internationally at design conferences and museums. She was selected for the 2015 Sundance Detroit Intensive Screenwriters Workshop for her feature film script A House On Fire and was a quarterfinalist in the Cynosure Screenwriting contest for her feature script Sanctuary.  Sarris has served as a juror and film moderator at the Traverse City Film Festival, and as an invited curator of screendance programs for the Echo Park Film Center’s “Marvelous Movie Mondays” and for the “The Mini Microcinema” in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sarris has also been involved in outreach initiatives centered on media literacy and production. Along with former student Sultan Sharrief, Sarris developed the "EFEX Project" which began in 2006 as a spring course in community filmmaking and with the summer production of the feature film Bilal's Stand, written and directed by Sharrief.  The film, which she co-produced, was one of eight films selected for screening in the <NEXT> category at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, was awarded a “Crystal Heart” Award at the Heartland Film Festival, and has screened nationally an internationally at festivals and in connection with outreach events centered on media and higher education. Sarris also performs with the musical toy band trio Little Bang Theory.  The brainchild of Frank Pahl, LBT performs original scores to classic silent films. 

Terri Sarris

Terri Sarris has been teaching media production (including courses on screendance) at the University of Michigan for over two decades. Her experimental films have screened at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, most recently in 2016 (Drive In and Our Last Hurrah) and 2015 (Ziegler). Her film Buzzards Steal Your Picnic was awarded "Best Michigan Film" at both the 2008 Ann Arbor Film Festival and 2007 Detroit International Documentary Festival.  The Radiant Sun, her 2010 documentary portrait of Kresge Eminent Artist and modernism textile designer Ruth Adler Schnee, has screened nationally and internationally at design conferences and museums. She was selected for the 2015 Sundance Detroit Intensive Screenwriters Workshop for her feature film script A House On Fire and was a quarterfinalist in the Cynosure Screenwriting contest for her feature script Sanctuary.  Sarris has served as a juror and film moderator at the Traverse City Film Festival, and as an invited curator of screendance programs for the Echo Park Film Center’s “Marvelous Movie Mondays” and for the “The Mini Microcinema” in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sarris has also been involved in outreach initiatives centered on media literacy and production. Along with former student Sultan Sharrief, Sarris developed the "EFEX Project" which began in 2006 as a spring course in community filmmaking and with the summer production of the feature film Bilal's Stand, written and directed by Sharrief.  The film, which she co-produced, was one of eight films selected for screening in the <NEXT> category at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, was awarded a “Crystal Heart” Award at the Heartland Film Festival, and has screened nationally an internationally at festivals and in connection with outreach events centered on media and higher education.

Sarris also performs with the musical toy band trio Little Bang Theory.  The brainchild of Frank Pahl, LBT performs original scores to classic silent films. 

Rachel Miller Rachel Miller joined Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, Kalamazoo, Michigan’s critically acclaimed professional contemporary dance company, in 2001, where she serves as a company dancer, instructor, choreographer, and is the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest) Coordinator. She attended The Ohio State University as a Dance Major, holds a B.A. in Creative Writing through Western Michigan University, and is currently completing her MFA in Dance at Hollins University in partnership with the Forsythe Company of Frankfurt, Germany (expected graduation: August 2016).   Before joining Wellspring, Rachel danced with Southold Dance Theater, Robin Becker & Company, and Betzi Roe. She has performed all over the country, and her choreographic and screendance works have been presented in the Midwest RAD Fest in Kalamazoo, Detroit Dance City Festival in Detroit, Big River Dance Festival in Huntington, South Bend, Grand Rapids, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, Fringe Festival Praha (Prague), Indianapolis, and has had a piece of choreography commissioned as a work of study for the Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education Kalamazoo Chapter. She has taught dance and improvisation at Southold Dance Theater, Kalamazoo College, as a guest movement instructor at Goshen College, and is currently a part-time instructor at Western Michigan University.   In 2005, Rachel received the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation Emerging Artist Grant to choreograph an evening-length work in collaboration with the prestigious Spoken Word Artist, Jonathan Brown, and in 2010, she created a second evening-length work with Brown which was funded by the Kalamazoo Artist Development Initiative Grant. Rachel was a 2009 Michigan Dance Council finalist for the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award and is a recipient of the Western Michigan University Shakespeare Award. Rachel is also a certified Pilates instructor and an occasional Aerial Artist for ZFX Flying Effects in Louisville.

Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller joined Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, Kalamazoo, Michigan’s critically acclaimed professional contemporary dance company, in 2001, where she serves as a company dancer, instructor, choreographer, and is the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RAD Fest) Coordinator. She attended The Ohio State University as a Dance Major, holds a B.A. in Creative Writing through Western Michigan University, and is currently completing her MFA in Dance at Hollins University in partnership with the Forsythe Company of Frankfurt, Germany (expected graduation: August 2016).

 

Before joining Wellspring, Rachel danced with Southold Dance Theater, Robin Becker & Company, and Betzi Roe. She has performed all over the country, and her choreographic and screendance works have been presented in the Midwest RAD Fest in Kalamazoo, Detroit Dance City Festival in Detroit, Big River Dance Festival in Huntington, South Bend, Grand Rapids, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, Fringe Festival Praha (Prague), Indianapolis, and has had a piece of choreography commissioned as a work of study for the Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education Kalamazoo Chapter. She has taught dance and improvisation at Southold Dance Theater, Kalamazoo College, as a guest movement instructor at Goshen College, and is currently a part-time instructor at Western Michigan University.

 

In 2005, Rachel received the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation Emerging Artist Grant to choreograph an evening-length work in collaboration with the prestigious Spoken Word Artist, Jonathan Brown, and in 2010, she created a second evening-length work with Brown which was funded by the Kalamazoo Artist Development Initiative Grant. Rachel was a 2009 Michigan Dance Council finalist for the Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award and is a recipient of the Western Michigan University Shakespeare Award. Rachel is also a certified Pilates instructor and an occasional Aerial Artist for ZFX Flying Effects in Louisville.

Matthew Piper Matthew Piper is a Detroit-based writer, photographer, and dance/film enthusiast. He recently curated Leap Night, a screening of seven historic dance-for-camera works at Detroit's Play House. His arts writing has been featured in Bad At Sports, Detroit Research, Essay'd, Infinite Mile, and Model D. He has degrees from Wayne State University in English Literature & Film Studies and Library & Information Science. 

Matthew Piper

Matthew Piper is a Detroit-based writer, photographer, and dance/film enthusiast. He recently curated Leap Night, a screening of seven historic dance-for-camera works at Detroit's Play House. His arts writing has been featured in Bad At Sports, Detroit Research, Essay'd, Infinite Mile, and Model D. He has degrees from Wayne State University in English Literature & Film Studies and Library & Information Science. 


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