Choreographer: Susan Douglas Roberts
Performers: Loretta Livingston
Editing: Susan Douglas Roberts and Jana Schneider
Music: Gregory Biss (original score)
Color: Jen McGill
Artists Statement: “Loretta” is an exceptionally short film that explores the curiosities of scale and perception through a lush terrain of tea cups.
Susan Douglas Roberts is the artistic director of wild goose chase dance. She is a choreographer, educator, community builder and curator. Honors include Fulbright Specialist Awards to Taiwan and Guatemala as well as an artist residency at Opera House Arts in Stonington, ME. Susan is Professor of Dance in the TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance. wild goose chase dance is a project-based company located in Texas and Maine. The company’s work has been presented across the USA and in Mexico, Central and South America, Taiwan, Europe, and Japan and recently in St. John’s Newfoundland (CA), Exchange Festival in Tulsa, OK and the Austin Dance Festival Dance for Film in Texas. Susan and her husband, Don Roberts, host residencies for artists and educators at wild goose chase/the landing in Maine each summer.
The Artist Inside
Choreographer: Aigars Larionovs
Camera: Reinis Inkēns, Music: Monstro Mau – Tudo O K Quiser
Artists Statement: It’s a film about the hidden wishes and ambitions of everyone, regardless of their walks of life. Even a construction worker might secretly dream of being an artist. The film is made in 2016 and has been awarded with a runner-up prize from the Swedish jury in the 2016 “60 seconds dance” screendance competition.
Choreographer: Savannah Lee Sickmon
Artists Statement: This film was created in an effort to showcase an individuals story through a lens. The story line can be interpreted in a multitude of ways discussing important themes such as sexuality, self-importance, drive, or quite simply the daily life of a dancer/choreographer. With such topics continually resonating throughout the length of the film it was important to keep the duration of the story short, leaving audience members able to develop what happens next within their own headspace.
Zagmachi: God’s Lament
Choreographer: Jubin Kim
Director: Jude Chun & Yena Gim
Editor: Jude Chun
Photography: Jude Chun
Artists Statement: The music video for the song God’s Lament by Zagmachi tells the story of creation from the perspective of a well-meaning God whose work doesn’t always go the way he plans. The guiding principle in making this music video was that it needed to ‘look the way it sounds.’
Story of Two
Choreographer: Jee Eun Ahn & Traci Klein
Director: Jee Eun Ahn & Traci Klein
Editors: Rolando Santos (Sledge TV) in collaboration with Jee Eun Ahn and Traci Klein
Artists Statement: Jee and Traci are colleagues at Texas A&M International University and we discovered that we both have an interest in video editing and creating dances on film. Up to this point, we both have made our own experimental dance films but we consider ourselves beginners when it comes to this medium. For this work, we were interested in capturing moments that would maybe be lost if the work was seen on a concert stage. Dance films have the power to specifically direct the audience’s attention and grab the more intimate movements in the gesture of a hand or foot. Additionally, we were able to add in some light special effects to this film to create a specific mood that we wouldn’t have been able to develop in the same way if this piece was made for the stage. In the film, we explore how two people’s paths have crossed and they have ended up in a place where neither of them feel like they belong. They carry with their our own personal stories, celebrating their differences and unexpected similarities. Together, they struggle to connect and create a new home.
Jee Eun Ahn is a choreographer, performer, and educator from Seoul, Korea. She holds MFA degree in Dance Performance and Chorography from Florida State University. She formally trained at Korea National Ballet School and Seoul National University. Jee as the co-artistic director of the Ainos Dance Company choreographed and danced at prestigious festivals both at home and abroad. Since she has moved to the States, her choreographic works have been invited and presented at Women in Dance Leadership Conference, Wave Rising Series, KoDaFe in NYC Dance Festival, Wave Rising Series, Dumbo Dance Festival, Reverb Dance Festival, Sans Limites Dance, Of Bones/Mouthfull, SpectorDance’s Choreographer’s Showcase and more. Jee also has been selected as one of 12 choreographers in Doug Varone’s Devices Choreographic Mentorship program. Jee is currently an assistant professor at Texas A&M International University.
Sun in Your Eyes
Choreographer: Denae Brocksmith
Performers: Denae Brocksmith
Director: Jake Reynolds
Camera Crew: Jake Reynolds, EJ Olson, Jordon Mussack & Anthony Reyes
Editors: Jake Reynolds & EJ Olson
Artists Statement: The intent of the director was based on the idea of “As long as the mind is held captive and closed, the body cannot find freedom. When the mind is free, the body follows.”
Denae Brocksmith and Jake Reynolds are a creative team who began collaborating in 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. Denae received a Bachelors of Science in Dance from the University of Oregon in 2018, and Jake earned an Associate of Applied Science in Multimedia Design from Lane Community College in 2016. Their individual aesthetic styles often challenge one another, Denae leaning more towards honest rawness and Jake leaning towards dreamy ideals, but in collaboration their artistic voices come together in harmony. Their work has been featured in the Northwest Screendance Exposition’s 2017 expo and the Best of the Northwest 2018 expo, as well as the University of Oregon’s 2018 Undergraduate Symposium.
The Edge of Balance
Choreographer: Jennifer Petuch
Performers: Barbara Meulener
Music: Ronnie W. Verboom and Marco Zannon
Artists Statement: I wanted to explore creative tools of perspective and vantage points, particularly canted angles. I developed a plot for a soloist to interact with nature in an innovative way to make it appear as if the natural world was tilting and she was the only being who had the ability to fix it. This film is a metaphor for the power of the determined woman and the control she possesses in the balance in her own life.
Jennifer Petuch graduated summa cum laudé from Florida State University’s School of Dance Program with her Master of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance with a focus in Dance Technology. She trained for fourteen years at the Academy of Ballet Florida and performed in professional ballets with the Company of Ballet Florida in pieces. She graduated magna cum laudé from the University of South Florida achieving a Bachelor’s in Dance Studies. At USF, she danced in several notable pieces including Gretchen Warren’s, Les Sylphides and Doug Varone’s, Sacre du Printemps. Jennie participated in the USF Dance in Paris Program in the summer of 2010 working with well-known choreographers, Claudia Lavista and Michael Foley. After graduating, she taught, performed, and choreographed with Shoes at the Door Dance Company in the Tampa Bay area. While attending FSU, she performed in multiple pieces such as Tim Glenn’s, RIDE, Joséphine Garibaldi’s, Land of the Pick and Choose, and a Tedx Talk in Spring of 2015. Her MFA thesis resulted in a two-year collaboration with the FSU Computer Science faculty and students creating an original interactive software for the stage called ViFlow. She creates screendances, projections, and uses new technology to enhance the performance experience.
Choreographer: Hannah Schwadron
Director: Malia Bruker
Cinematography: Benjamin Mando
Artists Statement: Klasse tracks back to 1938 in Hamburg, Germany at the brink of WWII. It features a cast of middle school students and professional dancers as they reflect on the bravery of young people during wartime, as friends leave one by one on the Kindertransport, and when – as the choreographer’s grandmother remembered – children were acting like adults and adults were acting very childishly. The result is a screendance mediation of movement and memory, as the action on camera animates the world of a historical classroom with original music and gestural imagining.
Hannah Schwadron is Assistant Professor of Dance History at Florida State University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in critical theory and dance history, choreography and performance. Her collaborative dance film Klasse (2016), made with director Malia Bruker and a cast of German middle school students, won the Production Grant from Dance Film Association (NYC), and has been shown at American Dance Festival (Durham and Boone), Antimatter [Media Art] (Victoria, BC), Tiny Dance Film Fest (SF), Israelitische Töchterschule (Hamburg), Third Coast Dance Film Festival (Houston), where it won the Spirit of the Festival award, and ScreenDance Miami, where it won the Audience Choice award. Her newest dance film Between I and Thou (2017) documents an improvisation dance practice with collaborators from Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Germany, and the US on the subjects of migration, relationship, and exchange. Hannah’s writing on the project has been published in PARtake Journal and Dancer-Citizen journal, Issues 3 and 4.