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FILM Festivals! Burden Halved

Thrilled to share that our short dance film Burden Halved will be screening at Film Festivals around the world!

A film by Kitty McNamee and Lara Schnitger

Screendance Film Festival - Stockholm, Sweden

STIFF - Seattle, WA

Hollyshorts: August 8th-17th, 2019 - Hollywood, CA

On Art Film Festival: July 5th- September 7th, 2019 - Poland

Skyline indie Film Fest: September 12th-15th, 2019 - Winchester, VA

Santa Cruz Film Festival: October 9th-13th, 2019 - Santa Cruz, CA

***more to come but we can’t share yet!

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Agnes de Mille Commission!!!

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.

This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” 

– Agnes de Mille

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Following a national call for submissions, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the independent, not-for-profit affiliate of SDC, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, today announced the selection of five choreographers who will receive commissions to create original works inspired by a sealed envelope containing an unknown idea by famed choreographer Agnes de Mille, an SDC Founder, that has been held in SDC’s custody for more than a half-century.

RECIPIENTS OF THE COMMISSIONS ARE

Al Blackstone, Raja Feather Kelly, Kitty McNamee, Jenn Rose, and Katie Spelman

to Debut Original Works at SDCF “Mr. Abbott” Award Gala

TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE DIRECTED BY 2013 “MR. ABBOTT” AWARD WINNER JERRY MITCHELL

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Don Carlo the Magnificent

Sometimes you find yourself surrounded by genius. It’s hard to call it work when you get to listen to some of the world’s greatest opera stars singing together on one stage. Plácido Domingo, Anna Smirnova, Ana María Martínez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Ramón Vargas came together in this production of Don Carlo and created some kind of magic. I gain so much more than I give on a project like this - knowledge, inspiration, and camaraderie. Very proud of this one!

LA Times Review

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

photo: Corey Weaver

Kennedy Center...with the Ft. Worth Symphony


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Off to Texas then DC for performances of RIFT, the contemporary ballet composed by the brilliant Anna Clyne. Excited to have my work performed in Texas...spent some formative years there dreaming of a life in dance! CANNOT wait to see the piece on the stage of the Kennedy Center with live orchestra conducted by the uber talented Miguel Harth-Bedoya!

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highlights from last year's SHIFT festival:

 

"SHIFT celebrates the vitality, identity, and extraordinary artistry of orchestras and chamber orchestras by creating an immersive festival experience in the nation's capital. The week-long festival is composed of mini-residencies, with each participating orchestra presenting education events, symposia, and community events in venues around Washington, D.C., along with full-orchestra performances in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
This fascinating evening features two works inspired by literary connections: Bel Canto by Jimmy López is based on Ann Patchett's 2001 novel of the same name; Serenade by Leonard Bernstein is based on Plato's "Symposium." Also featured is RIFT, a symphonic ballet by Anna Clyne choreographed by Kitty McNamee for six dancers on stage." - FWSO
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Short Waves Festival

The Yellow Room is on a roll! 

Excited to be accepted to our sixth festival - Short Waves Festival. The Yellow Room was one of just two American films (both directed by women) selected for the Dances with Camera category. Screenings will take place March 20-25th in Poznán, Poland.

The Yellow Room

Director + Choreographer: Kitty McNamee

Dancers: Jessica Gadzinski + Junji Dezaki

DP: Jim Doyle

Composer: Ali Helnwein

Editor: Arielle Zakowski

Camera Operator: Lachlan Turczan

EVA


Super excited to announce that NATIONAL SAWDUST, an incubator for contemporary music in Brooklyn, has given us a residency to begin the creation of our new opera EVA.

EVA is a new 75-minute opera scored for five vocalists, chamber orchestra and electronics with a libretto drawn from the recently published Diaries of visual artist Eva Hesse. Thunderstruck with pain, Eva collapses in her loft hurtling us back in time to confront the pivotal artistic and personal moments of her tragically short life.

Composer - Anna Clyne

Libretto - Kitty McNamee and Jocelyn Clarke 

Dramaturg - Jocelyn Clarke

Conceived by Kitty McNamee


About NATIONAL SAWDUST

National Sawdust (NS), an unparalleled, artist-led, non-profit venue, is a place for exploration and discovery. A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike.

In a city teeming with venues, NS is a singular space founded with an expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres a home in which they can flourish, a setting where they are given unprecedented support and critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work.

https://nationalsawdust.org

directing and festivals and films - oh my!


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How PERFECT is it that my first short film as a director, The Yellow Room, will have it's World Premiere at the Kerry Film Festival in Co. Kerry Ireland!!!!! The following month it will be screening at the Olympia Film Festival and hopefully more to come!

Happily I had some incredible collaborators on this project including Jim Doyle - my talented DP and co-producer, dancers Jessica Gadzinski and Junji Dezaki, composer Ali Helnwein, and editor Arielle Zakowski

For more details on production and upcoming screenings you can visit The Yellow Room 

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Entelechy l & ll ...Ariana Delawari's album release

screenings to date:

  • Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Brooklyn Short Film Festival
  • Boston International Film Festival
  • Deep Focus: Women in Film: Ireland
  • Tokyo LIft-Off Online Film Festival
  • Milan Online Film Festival

entelechy                                                                                             def: the realization of potential

"Musician, filmmaker, and activist Ariana Delawari has announced the forthcoming release of her double album Entelechy I & II due out August 12"                                                                

Entelechy I was produced by Butchy Fuego and Entelechy II is the same collection of tracks presented as acoustic and unproduced featuring Salar Nader - a fellow Afghan-American and a famed virtuoso of the tabla.

i'm excited to announce that the short film i choreographed which accompanies Entelechy, will premiere in the next few months! it's already hit the festival circuit, screening all over the world, the responses have been very positive and heartfelt. the debut of the film will coincide with the release of Ariana Delawari's double album. Thank you to the amazing Nicole Disson for bringing me on board. 

you can listen to the first single from the album here or take a peek at the film's trailer!

 

ENTELECHY...premiere and film festivals

Collaboration is key and one of my FAVORITE aspects of creating work. 

I'm thrilled that the short film I choreographed for Ariana Delawari, ENTELECHY, will be screening at three festivals this spring: cleveland international film festivalboston international film festival, and deep focus: women in film, a new festival in Ireland. 

ENTELECHY is a haunting experimental, docu-musical about global warming and changing the dream. A woman is guided by a dream therapist onto a shamanic journey through the inner and outer worlds of being. Within the dream state she works to shift her dream to a vision of love, and in doing so succeeds in shifting the universal dream as well.

With an original soundtrack by Delawari and Butchy Fuego, from their yet to be released album, the film features Ariana Delawari, Daniel Blinkoff, Bo Foxworth, Lita Albuquerque, Austin Westbay and Lila Danscecs with cinematography by Bérénice Eveno and editing by Mariana Blanco.  A big thank you to producer Nicole Disson for bringing me on board,