excited to have our film in 4 festivals...thrilled for composer Ali Helnwein's nomination for best score @ Kerry Film Festival and honored to receive an award of merit for Female Filmakers from Best Shorts Competition!
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
San Diego Opera
BEHIND THE SCENES
the making of LA TRAVIATA
From the first day of taping down the rehearsal space, to costumes, stagehands constructing the set, dancers, singers, to the buzz and excitement of opening night, photographer J Kat documented the behind the scenes experience of the making of La Traviata.
Enthusiastic, creative and energetic, Katarzyna Woronowicz, Kat for short, is a generous collaborator!
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Kat immigrated to the United States in 1983. Clearly grateful to be doing what she loves, her infectious joie de vivre is capturing the moment in a unique and fresh way. Provoking thought. Inciting a grin. Moving the heart. I owe a big THANK YOU to Kat for the warm memories and rare photos of me at work!
Visit Jkatphoto to explore the full photo essay and see more of Kat's insightful work.
My love affair with music continues. Add extraordinary contemporary composers and dancers to the mix and I'm in heaven. Some time ago, feels like just yesterday yet so much has happened since, Dancescape LA asked me to create a piece for a performance benefiting dance education.
How could I say no? Sometimes the work that comes out of giving - no expectation of a gig or external reward - is in the end the MOST rewarding. It takes me back to my roots (Hysterica Dance Co.) and reminds me of why I started making dance in the first place...to generate beauty, connect with my peers and contribute something worthwhile to society. Getting a little heavy here but it's so true.
Thank you, Thank you to the incredible Missy Mazzoli for allowing me to work with her music. And a big kiss to the startling Kelsey Landers, Kenzie McClure, Baden Silva and Derek Tabada for the love and inspiration. Thank you to edge performing arts for allowing us to create in your beautiful space!
music: "a door into the dark" by missy mazzoli + victoire
from the album "cathedral city" http://victoire.bandcamp.com
Two short films...both helmed by female directors will be premiering in festivals this month. I have to say that i was inspired by both. Very different experiences, the focus on the feminine experience uniting them both. Thank you to Anna Biani, Thank you Aldona Kwiatkowski. Thank you Nicole Disson.
YES...my love for dance and dancers is well known...especially the unexpected, the unusual.
I started dancing at the very late age of 16. small town ohio. not much dance available and we lived out in the country which made getting to the one class in town challenging. thank goodness for my patient first teacher the amazing Helen Goshinski.
when i was asked to create for this TARGET spot I jumped at the chance... i love this representation of strong! inner and out strength...guts...perseverance....girl power!!!
and my inner teenager relates to and is inspired by the awesome Lizzy Howell - who's passion for dance matches my own.
thank you @Target for bringing me on to work with these beautiful ballerinas! Big shout out to dancers Kennedy Daniels and Liv Mai!
la traviata opened at the san diego opera last weekend! it was a thrill to work with mrs. domingo again. the talent in san diego is outstanding! i was also really happy to work with some of the returning artists such as dancer louis williams, peabody southwell, and brenton ryan.
i was so proud of the dancers, they were gorgeous - louis williams, sergey kheylik, mikaella abitbol, noel dilworth, danielle dorsch, jessica gadzinski, bernadette torres, and susan vishmid.
check out the UCTV documentary below...it's cued up to the dance segment.
opera spotlight documentary...the dance and traviata:
our AMAZING team...nearly all female created this film celebrating International Women’s Day. She’s Mercedes tells a story of feminine energy and female unity, envisioning a utopian community based on diversity, warm fellowship and a regal attitude, starring Malaysian musician Yuna.
Creative Direction/ Photo Shelby Duncan
photo: Robert MillardRead More
Passion, Tenacity, Resilience...these are a few of my favorite things. Grover Dale possesses them in spades. His storied career is an inspiration to so many, myself included. I grew up in the country too and although I haven't hit the Broadway heights that he has (YET!) I feel an affinity for his dream realized. Grover has coached and choreographed for the best in the business and mentored generations of young dancers. When I started Hysterica Dance Co., Grover was interested and supportive - for no good reason other than his gut instinct about the value of what we were creating and his generosity of spirit.
About Grover (in his own words)
"In 1953, a skinny young tapper from McKeesport, PA boarded a bus for New York with $130 in his pocket and a desire to see if he could land a job on Broadway. It never occurred to him that he would soon be featured as 'Snowboy' in the original company of 'West Side Story,' be discovered by Noel Coward for a leading role in 'Sail Away,' be fired by Agnes de Mille in New York, swim with Esther Williams on CBS' first color broadcast in Hollywood, beat out Dustin Hoffman for an acting role on a daytime soap, co-star with Gene Kelly in 'The Young Girls Of Rochefort', or be acknowledged with a Tony nomination for his direction of Broadway's 'The Magic Show.' All of this was in store for the skinny young tapper who grew up in a 3-room shack on a dirt road in McKeesport PA."
Grover also founded Answers4Dancers - an amazing online resource for dancers.
balance is critical to beauty.
balance of dark and light. humor and depth. i've enjoyed working hard (also a balance) with some beautiful people along the way.
here is a sneak peek at my beautiful new 'music video' reel / thank you Kim Gouveia!!
COLLABORATION IS KEY!
Choreographing The Wheel for Hysterica was a kinetic adventure! Collaborating with artist/designer Lara Schnitger truly expanded my way of thinking about structure, movement and design.
Friend and collaborator Diana Koenigsberg captured the creativity in a one of a kind photo shoot featuring choreography, design and performance with dancers Reshma Gajjar, Andy Acosta, Hunter Hamilton, Marlon Pelayo, Justine Clark and Tara Brook.
COLLABORATION IS KEY!
So excited to have collaborated with Spanish director Ramon Ayala, who's work is known for its "strong sense of beauty, emotion and raw nature" on BELLY'S Official "Ballerina" video.
I appreciated Ramon's natural and poetic sense of storytelling, the aesthetics are high!
Belly was super generous and kind to us dance folk and star Natalia Barulich is indeed a true ballerina and a great beauty. Our other beautiful ballerinas were Stephanie Kim, Katherine Cowgill, Morgan Quinn, and Jessica Gadzinksi.
I get chills anticipating my return to the beautiful world of OPERA in the spring. I love the scale, the drama and the glamour! I return to LA Opera in February, joining Director Marta Domingo for Tales of Hoffman.
Thrilled to announce that Placido Domingo will conduct.
In April I make my debut at San Diego Opera with my original production of La Traviata.
Some of my favorite moments choreographing at LA Opera
LUCIA DE LAMMERMOOR
with Albina Shagimuratova
ROMEO ET JULIETTE
with Nino Machaidze + Vittorio Grigolo
with Renee Fleming + Rolando Villazon
i'm so honored to have been a part of this incredible short film, Entelechy.
"ENTELECHY is a film about the state of the world, the destruction of the earth, and a dream of a brighter unified future." - Flaunt Magazine
check out the full article and interview with ariana delawari on flaunt.com and view the film below!