DFA Film Lab: A Conversation about the "Isolation to Creation" docuseries
Dance Films Association, Works & Process at the Guggenheim & Gibney
Join Dance Films Association for a conversation with filmmaker Nic Petry and editor Julie Rooney of Dancing Camera, and Duke Dang, General Manager of Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim.
RSVP for this free pre-premiere talk presented by Dance Films Association in partnership with the Guggenheim's Works & Process at the Guggenheim and Gibney.
This Dance Film Lab, led by DFA curator Liz Wolff, will explore this filmmaking endeavor capturing the Works & Process production of six pioneering bubble residencies that took place in summer and fall of 2020 in the Hudson Valley. The residencies culminated in live, in-process outdoor performances at Kaatsbaan Summer Festival and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. This incredible journey will premiere as a four-part docudrama, ISOLATION TO CREATION streaming nationwide on January 27, and February 3, 10, and 17, at 8pm ET, for free on the ALL ARTS app, allarts.org, and also air in the New York metro area on the ALL ARTS TV channel (channel lineups available here).
"Works & Process has always championed artists and their creative process. Even though the pandemic put us on pause, we were adamant that we had to continue to fulfill our mission and creatively and financially support artists," said Caroline Cronson, Producer of Works & Process. "With the pandemic rendering artists so vulnerable, we knew we had to forge a new path forward and share these truly unique and compelling journeys to a wider public, we are proud to partner with ALL ARTS to share these stories of hope and resiliency," said Duke Dang, General Manager of Works & Process.
"We're incredibly proud of the role we play as an amplifier and platform for the arts. So many arts institutions have either had to close their doors or find new innovative ways to present to their audiences this year," said Co-Executive in Charge of ALL ARTS Diane Masciale. "We're honored to be partnering with the Guggenheim's Works & Process to bring Isolation to Creation to viewers across the country for free. It's a perfect example of the beautiful collaboration and creativity that exists in the arts community, especially during hard times," added Senior Director of ALL ARTS Joe Harrell.
Under a medical protocol developed with medical counsel Dr. Wendy S. Ziecheck, and ethical oversight provided by Dr. Robert Klitzman, artists isolated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic gathered in quarantine to work together in Hudson Valley. In partnership with Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, Mount Tremper Arts, and Petronio Residency Center through jointly subsidized residencies, eight creative bubbles were created to incubate Works & Process commissions featuring diverse dance cultures, including Afrik, ballet, ballroom, break, flex, Krump, modern, tap, and vogue dance styles, and beatbox. Select projects were performed at the Kaatsbaan Festival to live audiences and were sequenced into filmed performances at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Audiences were invited to witness some of the collaborative work and receive real-time updates on Works & Process social media at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube (@worksandprocess).
Episode 1: January 27
Isolation to Creation: A Way Forward
After self-isolation and serial Covid testing, quarantine bubbles are formed for artists to gather, create, and perform safely again. Ephrat Asherie, Les Ballet Afrik, Joshua Bergasse, Sara Mearns, Missing Element, Music from the Sole, and Jamar Roberts.
Episode 2: February 3
Isolation to Creation: Beatbox, Modern, Street, Tap Dance and Afro-Brazilian Rhythm
Artists from Missing Element melding beatbox and breaking, flexn, and Krumping; Music from the Sole fusing tap and Afro-Brazilian rhythms; and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater resident choreographer Jamar Roberts and dancers go back into the studio for the first time.
Episode 3: February 10
Isolation to Creation: Afrik, Ballet, Ballroom, Broadway, Club, House, and Vogue
Ephrat Asherie Dance with club legends, Les Ballet Afrik and ballroom legend Omari Wiles, and Seven Deadly Sins artists Joshua Bergasse, Marc Happel and Sara Mearns go back into the studio for the first time.
Episode 4: February 17
Isolation to Creation: Showtime
After two weeks inside Works & Process bubble residencies, projects culminate in live performances at Kaatsbaan Festival and filmed video at Lincoln Center, previewing future premiere performances at the Guggenheim, once it is safe for all to gather.
Lead support for Works & Process Bubble Residencies and Isolation to Creation provided by Works & Process Board of Directors and Anh-Tuyet Nguyen and Robert Pollock, with additional support from Jonna Mackin. The filming of Isolation to Creation was supported in part by the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Featured Bubble Residency Artists include:
- Ephrat Asherie Dance and Club Legends
- Les Ballet Afrik with Omari Wiles
- The Missing Element with Chris Celiz and Anthony Rodriguez "Invertebrate"
- Music from the Sole with Gregory Richardson and Leonardo Sandoval
- Jamar Roberts
- Seven Deadly Sins with Joshua Bergasse, Justin Vivian Bond, Jeffrey Guimond, Marc Happel, and Sara Mearns
Notes from the Bubble, a series for trailers for Isolation to Creation can be viewed here.
Find more information at www.worksandprocess.org.
Once conditions are deemed safe for audiences and artists to gather, the live premieres and showings of projects featured in Isolation to Creation will be presented at the Guggenheim Museum as part of the Works & Process 2021 season.
Photo of Ephrat Asherie Dance by Dancing Camera
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