MIGRATION DANCE FILM PROJECT

I am currently directing this series of award winning shorts that follows a cast of dancer-singers as they travel - song, rhythm, and movement combine with landscape recounting stories of migration.

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LAY ME LOW

LAY ME LOW

LAY ME LOW OPENS A COMMUNAL SPACE OF EXPERIENCE THROUGH MOURNING BY BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER IN SONG AND MOVEMENT. A TRADITIONAL SHAKER SONG OF THE SAME NAME IS PERFORMED BY 10 DANCERS, MUSICIANS AND SINGERS TO COMMUNICATE A UNIVERSAL FEELING OF LOSS WHILE EVOKING A PARADOXICAL SENSE OF INTIMACY.

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THE STORM

THE STORM

IN THIS 60 SECOND FILM, TEN DANCERS AND SINGERS ARE CAUGHT IN A RAINSTORM. THE WEATHER IGNITES A SENSE OF MYSTERY, WONDER, AND ANTICIPATION. THE SUSPENSION OF TIME SPENT WAITING—AND LIVES LIVED ELSEWHERE—INHABITS THIS POIGNANT SHORT.

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PILGRIMAGE

PILGRIMAGE

PILGRIMAGE IS A 10-MINUTE DANCE FILM THAT REFLECTS THE TRANSFORMATIVE HUMAN EXPERIENCE OF A COLLECTIVE JOURNEY THAT TAKES THE AUDIENCE ON A VOYAGE WITH NINE DANCER-SINGERS ON A RHYTHMIC QUEST THROUGH OPEN FARMLANDS, ALONG PARCHED ROADS, AND ACROSS MOONLIT FIELDS BEFORE FINALLY ARRIVING AT A PLACE OF REFUGE. 

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MOVE

MOVE

GATHERED IN A TRAIN CAR WAITING ON THE TRACKS, DESTINATION UNKNOWN, NINE DANCERS AND SINGERS PERFORM A SOULFUL RENDITION OF THE GOSPEL SONG “YOU GOTTA MOVE,” ACCOMPANIED BY BODY PERCUSSION. PAST REFLECTIONS AND FUTURE DREAMS KINDLE A COMMUNAL CALLING. THIS FILM IS CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION.

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TRAVERSE

TRAVERSE

Traverse weaves the stories of five women into a tapestry of collective experience as they journey, confronting obstacles along the way. At an intersection of two structures: one man-made, the other natural, their movement and voices unite. Through this process of reflection in motion, a powerful sense of strength is ignited.

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NAVIGATION

NAVIGATION

NAVIGATION is the next in the series and will be filmed in the dramatic Burren region of Ireland, and explores the current humanitarian crisis of displacement and dislocation that is experienced both individually and collectively. The rhythms, movement, vocals embody this exploration using the geography of the land itself to explore how we navigate through unknown terrain.