2016 Featured Videos
“Fluctuating Frequencies” is a reflection of my intrigue in the new ways we can perceive and experience places and spaces when dance is applied to it. In creating this work I was primarily interested in contending with this location as a specific site for the dance, in which case the essence of the movement relies on the location and the way the dancers engage with it. The nature of the concrete ground and walls informed my choice to crawl, push, launch, and slam into it. Those movement ideas are then replicated in the nature of the partnering between the dancers. The space that is actually a parkway in Seattle through which people commute, then becomes this kind of concrete jungle. On another level, the camera was specifically used to frame the dancers within the location in specific ways, creating something other than a site-specific work, but a dance that truly engages the frame of the camera.
Shannon Mockli is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Oregon where she teaches modern dance technique, composition, improvisation, ballet, and theory. She has presented her work at the Border Dance Festival in Tijuana; the A.W.A.R.D. Show, Seattle; the Breaking Ground Festival in Tempe, AZ; and the International Theatre Lab in Bovec, Slovenia. She was also a recipient of the University of Oregon’s School of Music & Dance Innovation Award and a University Summer Resarch Award with which she has advanced her creative work with live multi-media collaborations involving musicians, dancers, and digital artists and dance film. Her most recent artistic endeavor is Dance in Dialogue, a performance series that seeks to foster experimentation and conversation between artists and audiences in the Eugene area. She serves on the Board of Directors and performs with Danceability International/Joint Forces Dance Company, directed by Alito Alessi.
“Lady-boy” is an elegant exploration of gender and transformation. Moving through time and space, reality and fantasy, the work chronicles a search for internal and external identity. Lady-boy, dance hall and vaudeville performer, is caught in the liminal space between truth and travesty. What lies beneath and between when the spotlight fades?
Carolyn Pavlik is an Associate Professor of Dance at Western Michigan University. She earned her M.F.A in Dance from the University of Washington and her B.A. in Dance from the University of Texas. Carolyn is the co-editor (with colleague Melanie Kloetzel) of Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces. Her dance films have been presented worldwide, most notably at the American Dance Festival, LesGaiCineMad, Festival Internacional de Video-danza de Buenos Aires, Cineautopsia: Bogota Experimental Film Festival, and the 41st Seattle International Film Festival, and her concert dance works have been presented in New York, Washington, Michigan and Texas. Carolyn was awarded the 2008 Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award and the 2005 Austin Critics’ Table – Dances with Video Award. She also performed professionally with the Sharir Dance Company, Kathleen Hermesdorff, Llory Wilson and Sally Jacques and has been featured in works by renowned choreographers Ohad Naharin, Doug Varone, Senta Driver, and Bebe Miller.
When The Time Is Right
Reflecting nature, we witness profound life-change through a personal metamorphosis. When the Time is Right captures the transformational moment of an individual breaking free from the years of her past culminating into something beautiful and passionate. This film was created in the School of Dance tech lab at Florida State University in the summer of 2015.
Jennifer Petuch is currently a Master of Fine Arts Graduate candidate at Florida State University’s College of Dance Program. She trained for fourteen years at the Academy of Ballet Florida and performed in professional ballets with the Company of Ballet Florida in pieces such as Marie Hale’s The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty. She graduated magna cum laude 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 choreographer, Claudia Lavista. After graduating, she taught at three dance studios in the Tampa Bay area as well as performing and choreographing with Shoes at the Door Dance Company. Since attending FSU, she has performed in multiple pieces including a Tedx Talk in the Spring of 2015 and has been collaborating with the FSU Computer Science faculty and students creating an original interactive software for the stage called ViFlow.