WHO WE ARE

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

JEN RAY

PROGRAMMERS

CLARE SCHWEITZER
HANNAH WEBER
STEVEN BUTLER
SCOTTY HARDWIG
DANIELLE JEAL
MARK ORSBORN

INTERNS

DESIREE GURNIAK
ELENA DAVISSON

LEAD CREATIVES OF OUR THEATRICAL

SCREENING SELECTIONS

Charlie Luccini

Helen Rollins

Iwona Pasińska

Jamie Kalama Wood

Magdalena Zielinska

Marie Casimir & Mat Miller

Nathalie de Lopez

Pepper O'Bomsawin
& Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo

Raven Jackson

Sofia Castro

Viktorija Vrublevska

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JEN RAY

Executive Director & Producer

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Favourite Dance Box Office Films/Movies:
Metropolis and Center Stage

The New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker

Favourite short screendances from past programming:

It's so difficult to just pick a few! 

Colorwise - The Seaweed Sisters

Ingrid Silva - Ben Briand

Confrontation - Shannon Janet Smith & Steven Butler
 

Favourite dance documentaries:
Again, very diffucult to pick only a few but here goes...
Rare BirdsLet's Get the Rhythm, Uprooted

 

Favourite Musical Movies: 
West Side Story and Singin in the Rain

DESIREE
GURNIAK

Intern

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Favourite Dance Box Office Films/Movies:
Dirty Dancing (1987) 
Black Swan 

 

Favourite Dance T.V. Shows:

The Next Step
 

Favourite dance documentaries:
Ballet 422

 

Favourite Musical Movies: 
La La Land

ELENA
DAVISSON

Intern

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Favourite Dance Box Office Films/Movies:
Black Swan 
 

Favourite Dance T.V. Shows:

Dance Academy Shake It Up
 

Favorite shorts from past programming:
Ingrid Silva - Ben Briand
Isolations - Talia Shea Levin


Favorite dance documentaries:
Ballet 422

 

Favourite Musical Movies: 
La La Land & Teen Beach Movie

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CLARE
SCHWEITZER

Frameform Podcast Collaborator

Dancinema Programmer

Festival Alumni

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HANNAH
WEBER

Frameform Podcast Collaborator
Dancinema Programmer

Festival Alumni

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SCOTTY
HARDWIG

2021 Festival Panelist & Programmer

Festival Alumni

Scotty Hardwig is a movement artist, performer, and teacher originally from southwest Virginia. His research practice stems from the confluence of sensory media and the moving body, creating movement-based artwork through live performance, installation/site-specific, and cinematic frames. As a freelance performer and company member of AXIS Dance Company, he has had the honor of working with internationally recognized choreographers like Marc Brew, Stephen Koester, Johannes Wieland, Joe Goode, Amy Seiwart, Eric Handman, Yannis Adoniou, Satu Hummasti, Stephan Koplowitz, Damien Muñoz, and Virginia Garcia. As a choreographer, his processes are collaborative, experimental, and queer, investigating the existential in-between spaces of meaning and metaphor inherent to the human body in motion. He has created stage works for companies like the National Ballet of Ecuador (EC), LEVYdance (San Francisco, CA), La Revuelta Laboratorio Escénico (MX), the Dance Company of Middlebury (Vermont), and with his own collaborative teams under the moniker anatomy zero. Recent projects include Body, Full of Time (2019), Time Garden (2019-2020), ENGRAM 4 (2020), and Cloud City Collage (2021), which all investigate the chimeric relationship between digital and physical versions of self. Using motion capture technologies, immersive sound, animation, and virtual and augmented reality, these research works exist at the intersection of humanity and the digital.

 

In addition to being a choreographer and performer, he is also an award-winning videodance artist and director, with his dance for camera works frequently screened internationally in North America, Europe, and Asia. As a teacher, he frequently holds open workshops in performance, movement and media across the United States and internationally. He received his MFA in Dance from the University of Utah, and has served on the faculty at the University of Utah and Middlebury College, and is currently an Assistant Professor in Movement, Performance and Integrated Media at Virginia Tech, where he is experimenting and creating choreographic and cinematic works at the intersection of technology and the body.

Personal Faves:

Pina [2011, Wim Wenders]

Baraka [1992, Ron Fricke]

Satyricon [1969, Frederico Fellini]

there is a place [2010, Simon Fildes & Katrina McPherson]

Book of Days [1990, Meredith Monk]

Black Spring [2002, Benoit Dervaux]

a study in choreography for the camera [1945, Maya Deren]

The Cost of Living [2004, DV8 Physical Theatre]

Strange Fish [1992, DV8 Physical Theatre]

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STEVEN
BUTLER

2021 Festival Faculty & Programmer

Festival Alumni

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DANIELLE
JEAL

Dancinema Progammer

Danielle Jeal is a creative soul who has made her life in Vancouver, BC. At this time she is working on developing her historical knowledge of ballet and the Cecchetti method in her teaching practices.

 

In her personal creative pursuits Danielle is forever interested in the marriage of words and movement in storytelling, and most recently in the stories we tell and are told about motherhood, maternal instincts, and the postpartum period.

 

Finally, Danielle is the founder and Exult Dance Association which creates opportunities for young artists to develop their creative process and skills.

 

When she's not thinking about dance, you can find Danielle moming it up with a book and cat in tow. 

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Favourite Dance Box Office Films/Movies:
Mao's Last Dancer and White Knights

Favourite short screendances from past programming:
Babelian Circles by Emma Villavecchia and Ferran Romeu
Waiting for Colour by Kosta Karakashyan

because they both distinctly represent the

particular capabilities of screendance for me.

Favourite dance documentary, again really everything I see.

One that I enjoyed recently was Ballet 422 which goes over c

horeographer Justin Peck's creative process.

 

Favourite Musicals: 
Sweeney Todd or Easter Parade

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MARK
ORSBORN

Dancinema Progammer

Festival Alumni

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