Guernica - a short dance film for SFBallet's New Works Festival

 

I am exactly in the middle of two film shoots for "Unbound", San Francisco Ballet's New Works Festival coming in April 2018.  SFB chose 12 choreographers to make 12 new 30 minute works which will premiere in four programs over the course of two weeks in April.  It's an exciting burst of new creation for this company which is already known for consistently commissioning new pieces by well known, new and diverse choreographers.  

I am directing two short dance films based on the stage ballets by two of the choreographers:  Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Alonzo King.  I could not be more thrilled to be creating art films from the work these two very different and important choreographers have created for the stage.  

We shot the film based on Annabelle's piece, "Guernica" on November 5th.  She was inspired by the Pablo Picasso painting with the same title, and choreographed a gorgeous ballet with mythological characters that move with punctuated, angular steps, sweeping swings and lifts and distinct group formations that convey drama, challenge, and resolution.  The short dance film I'm making will show separately from the ballet in various events SFBallet has planned leading up to the live performance, as well as online when the ballet premieres.  We have just finished a rough cut of the edit, and are now diving into the deeper details of making it... well what can I say but.... really cool. 

Annabelle is a Columbian-Belgian, award winning and sought after choreographer, having made works for over 50 dance companies around the world.   

I will be shooting the Alonzo King piece on January 9th, and will write another post about that soon!  Stay tuned.

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Ballet Sun Valley - World Premiere - August 24, 2017

The new ballet for which I did projection and set design premiered at Ballet Sun Valley on August 24th.  Gemma Bond from ABT was the choreographer, and Judd Greenstein wrote a complex and varied new score for the live orchestra.   It was all quite ambitious for a summer dance festival, but it came off beautifully!  The cast was big with 15 dancers, and starred Isabella Boylston and Marcelo Gomes in the leads.  The title of the ballet, "eight/twenty-one/seventeen" is the date of the actual solar eclipse that took place on August 21st.  We were all lucky that Sun Valley was directly in the path of Totality, andI I hiked up Dollar Mountain to watch it with Judd and orchestra conductor Martin West (from San Francisco Ballet).  As a projection designer, lets just say I was thinking that Mother Nature sets a high bar for light shows.  Seeing the gorgeous full corona was special.  

Gemma wanted the ballet to be abstract, and include a platform for dancers to be above the stage level, so we set  a circle element behind the platform.  I used simple, bright moving color bands, color gradients and ripples in the video design to express the moods and changes in the music.

Isabella Boylston made her debut as Artistic Director for the two night event.  The full cast of dancers she invited was unbelievable:  Misty Copeland, Tiler Peck, Maria Kotchekova, Stella Abrera, Ida Praetorias, Tyler Angle, James Whiteside, Xander Parish, Kimin Kim and more.  The performances were in the outdoor Sun Valley Pavilion which was a perfect place for this incredibly exciting new summer dance festival.

Backstage with Isabella Boylston and Marcelo Gomes on the first night. 

Backstage with Isabella Boylston and Marcelo Gomes on the first night. 

Molat & Molat on tour with Dance On Camera in Washington

Molat & Molat continues on its festival journey for Dance on Camera’s traveling film festival and will show at the Rose Theater in Port Townsend, Washington on May 6th before a feature film, “Dancing with the Stars”.

 

Dance on Camera Tour is co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and receives generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit- www.dancefims.org

 

 

World Premiere Ballet at Ballet Sun Valley - August, 2017

Here's a new article about Ballet Sun Valley and the event coming up this summer:  http://eyeonsunvalley.com/Mobile/Mobile_Story_Reader?StoryId=3658

I'm working away on video and set design with the team, and with Isabella Boylston and choreographer, Gemma Bond for the new ballet that will have it's world premiere there on August 24th, 2017. 

For more information, visit www.balletsunvalley.com. For inquiries, call 208-727-7437 or email info@balletsunvalley.com.

A BALLERINA’S GIFT TO HER HOMETOWN: A SUMMER BALLET FESTIVAL

This summer, Isabella Boylston, the American Ballet Theater principal, will realize a dream, to bring ballet to her hometown, Sun Valley, Idaho. Ballet Sun Valley, a three-day event with performances Aug. 22 and 24 at the Sun Valley Pavilion, and free classes for children on Aug. 23, will feature dancers from major companies, including Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, the Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and the Mariinsky Ballet. 

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