Produced by Victor Catano
for Queens Theatre At Home
Festival Video Production by Jay Rogers
1. Crying On The Island They Own
Director/Choreographer: Joan Dwiartanto
Co-director/Choreographer: Cyrie Topete
Joan Dwiartanto is in her fourth and final year as a Dance major at The Juilliard School. She has taken a keen interest in Dance filmmaking and wishes to continue exploring herself both as a dancer and as a creator for film. Other than creating her own short films, Joan has worked closely with principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre James Whiteside in creating his own Ballet film Marilyn’s Funeral in 2021. And she has worked on a film as a co-dircector alongside director Maggie Scranton representing Juilliard in the Park Avenue Armory’s virtual film event 100 Years | 100 women in 2020.
SFX and Foley Artist
Choreographer: Hannah Straney
Hannah Straney is a New York City based dance artist born in Little Falls, NY. She studied at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Taipei National University for the Arts and received her BFA in dance performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. She has toured nationally with the Broadway show Dirty Dancing, and is now a company dancer with Company XIV in Brooklyn, NY. Hannah has taught across the United States and performed works by Aszure Barton, Tom Weinberger, Matthew Neenan, and Sidra Bell. Dust is one of three other films in a series that are still in production, these films will be available to view on Vimeo under Hannah Straney.
Dust is an exploration of the reunion of bodies in space. Created out of a long period of worldwide isolation, Dust imitates the awkwardness and serendipity of social interaction. The movement was created collaboratively between Hannah Straney and Nathan Nirschl, during a residency at Justdance Studios in Little Falls, NY. Dust was filmed and edited by Adam Muro, with an original score created by Evan M. Marré.
3. In Memory Of...
Choreographer: Song Ravinian
Song Ravinan from Bangkok, Thailand, is a choreographer, dancer, director, filmmaker, painter, and teacher. She is pursuing her MFA/MA dual degree in Dance and Dance Education from NYU Tisch and Steinhardt. During her time at The New School, Ravinan studied with Neil Greenberg and performed with Rebecca Stenn at New York Live Arts. Ravinan is also a rehearsal director for HeadandCompany since 2017 and has performed at various venues in New York City such as Mark Morris Dance Center, Arts On Site, Martha Graham Studio, Wax Work, and Dixon Place. Ravinan also choreographed works for Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School and is currently choreographing for the Dance & Technology project this March.
Director, Choreographer, Performer
Director of Photography
Forget Me Nots
by Patric Rushen
Courtesy of Elektra Records Label of Warner Music Group
4. supercodex 05
Choreographer: Tati Nuñez
Tatiana (Tati) Nuñez is a generous and wellrounded multidisciplinary artist, recognized for her profound physical instrument that articulates at the highest level in the techniques of contemporary, ballet/pointe, and tap dance. A few highlights of her career include being a featured dancer in Ally Bank’s TV Commercial “Anthem”, collaborating with artist Diana Shpungin in her solo exhibition Always Begin At The End at Smack Mellon as a pointe soloist, performing at The Joyce Theater, and Battery Dance Festival. Tati has had the opportunity to work with Camille A. Brown, Ayodele Casel, Anthony Morigerato, Molissa Fenley, Francesca Harper, Milton Myers, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, Derick Grant, Ray Mercer, Diana Shpungin and many more. She is also an alumna of various dance programs; The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispánico, and Joffrey Ballet School. Tati is completing her B.F.A (2022) in Dance at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and remains devoted to continue learning throughout her journey as an artist while furthering her artistic and professional career.
Filmed, Directed and Danced by:
5. The Trolley Song
Choreographer: Demi Remick
Demi Remick is a NYC-based dancer and choreographer. She is a YoungArts Gold winner, Dance Magazine’s Top-25-To-Watch and a Capezio Athlete. Demi tours worldwide with Postmodern Jukebox and has performed with Company XIV, Caleb Teicher & Co, Dorrance Dance, Susanne Bartsch and Jason Samuels Smith. Demi teaches at BDC and earned a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory. Demi Remick & Dancers have presented work at Queens Theatre, the Empire Rooftop, Battery Dance Festival and more.
Demi Remick, Sydney Burtis
The Trolley Song
by Judy Garland and the MGM Studio Chorus
6. In Capsule
Choreographers/Directors: Chelsea Ainsworth and Jessica Smith, Dual Rivet
DUAL RIVET is a women-led dance company focused on creating and sharing highly physical contemporary dance to a wide audience. Based in NYC, Dual Rivet creates work for stage and film that exchanges a cinematic and visceral language to influence both platforms. Directors Jessica Smith and Chelsea Ainsworth have been making and presenting work since 2017. They come from an international background of creating and performing work in places such as England, France, Germany, Japan, Philippines, West Africa, Canada, and the United States. Dual Rivet has performed at venues such as West End Theatre, Kittery Maine, Musikfest Pennsylvania, Peridance Capezio Center, CreateArt, and Arts On Site. The company teaches a myriad of classes, throughout the United States, with an emphasis on contemporary partnering and floorwork. Dual Rivet is currently on faculty at Juilliard, Gibney, Peridance and DanceWave. Dual Rivet aims to share what it means to be female leaders in the arts. For more info: www.dualrivetdance.com
Company: Dual Rivet
Danced by: Maggie Joy & Jennifer Payan
Filmed by: Retrograde Studios | Jake Kruty & John Rodrigues
Choreographed by: Chelsea Ainsworth and Jessica Smith | Dual Rivet
Edited by: Jessica Smith
Color by: Alejandra Cedeno
Music by: Nicole Davis, Jessica Smith and "Dream" by The Pied Pipers
Box design: Kyle Netzeband
Set/Costume design: Chelsea Ainsworth & Jessica Smith
Line Producer: Lauren Flack
Executive Producer: Lawryn Lacroix with Pinkhouse Productions
Co-Producers: Clifford Brody with NPAFE & AAlchemy
7. Hurts Me to My Heart
Choreographer: Anneke Belman
Anneke Belman started dancing at the age of three and honed her dance training at the conservatory program at the Charlotte Ballet. While there she also discovered a love of composition and movement discovery. After graduating high school, she spent her gap year in Dayton, Ohio working with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2. In 2019, Anneke graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance with a concentration in composition from SUNY Purchase. During her time there she served as Freshman Class Representative, worked as Student Rehearsal assistance for Norbert de la Cruz, and co-produced Purchase Cares, a Dancer’s Responding to AIDS/Broadway Cares program, for two years. Anneke choreographed many new works while in school, going on to earn the School of the Arts Scholarship and the Merit Scholarship for her achievements. She enjoys focusing her works on the LGBTQ+ experience, exploring various elements of acceptance, love, and growth. Anneke currently performs with Emergence Dance Company and Universal Studios Florida. She has performed works by George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Mark Diamond, José Limon, Ana Maria Lucaciu, Patricia McBride, and Sarah Beth Oppenheim.
“It Hurts Me to My Heart”
Composed by Rose Marie McCoy and Charles Singleton
Performed by Faye Adams
Choreographer: Nicole Caruana
Nicole Caruana is a freelance dance artist originally from Buffalo, NY. She is an alumni of the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase College under the direction of Nelly van Bommel. Nicole has trained formally with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, London Contemporary Dance School, The School at the American Dance Festival, Arts Umbrella, and has studied gaga intensively alongside Batsheva Dance Company in Israel. She’s had the opportunity to perform the works of Ohad Naharin, Saar and Lee Harari, and Doug Varone. As a freelance choreographer, Nicole has been commissioned to create new works for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater, Joffrey Ballet School, and BalletX. Her choreography has been chosen and presented at dance festivals globally. Her work “Arba” was awarded first prize in Choreography at The International Competition for Choreographers in Hanover, Germany. She received “best performer” prize at the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition. She is a recipient of the Technos International Prize for her international efforts in dance. Her faith is in Jesus.
“But they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shaLl mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 ESV
Through thactively rest. Alive, but seated, in a certain hope that cannot fail. His nature is too good to not do what He promised. So I came to the end of my self effort and am learning to yield to His compassionate promises. He alone is the comforter.
9. and sometimes i wish
Choreographer/Director: Garet Wierdsma
Garet Wierdsma earned her BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch in May 2021. Her performance experiences include pieces by Shamel Pitts, Chuck Wilt, Patricia Hoffbauer, and Cari Ann Shim Sham*. Garet was selected as the Choreography Fellowship Winner for Sacred Heart University in January 2022. Her choreographic work has been showcased in Ku-Yang Lin & Dancers Inhale Series, EXCHANGE Choreography Festival, The Craft NYC, Anyplace Anytime Festival, the Jack Crystal Theater and as the winner of Nacre Dance Group’s “So You Think You Can Choreograph.” Garet’s dance film work has won the Dance Cinema Award at Frostbite Indie Film Fest, 3rd Prize at Emotion & Soul Film Festival, and was showcased in WADEinto Activism and Rogue Dancer Film Fest. When not dancing and creating, Garet also teaches as often as she can. Garet believes that art changes the world and is passionately and actively working to be a generator of light.
Other sounds created by Garet & Company
Choreographer: Rebecca Allen / Animus Movement
Animus Movement is a project-based dance company that focuses on providing artists a chance to "perform" through dance films and other alternative mediums. The company was born out of the cage of the pandemic with the purpose to continue providing opportunities for artists to move freely and share their craft and love of dance to audiences. The company loves to collaborate with their dancers, as well as other choreographers, musicians, visual artists and beyond. Animus Movement was started by Rebecca Allen in February 2021. Beck, a NYC native and a Laguardia Arts HS & SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance graduate, is able to combine her love of dance, choreography, film direction and production through Animus.
Fremd by Olaf Bender
11. Full Build
Choreographer: Mackenzie King / Moonwater Dance
Moonwater Dance Project is a contemporary repertory company founded by Artistic Director Mackenzie King in 2018. This all female-identifying company is based in Chicago, IL.
In the first stages of building her company, King strived to uncover what qualities she values most in a dancer: artistry, individuality and vulnerability. King created a company that produces high-quality concert dance and compensates the dancers for the hard work they do. Artists are often taken advantage of, receiving little or no pay. Integral to the mission of Moonwater is to educate the next generation of artists to know their worth. The company strives to nurture a new generation of contemporary artists who have been trained at the highest level and have a honed sense of individuality.
The aesthetic of Moonwater Dance Project is similar to water and has a captivating duality. Both are soft yet strong, both nurturing and destructive; a force to be reckoned with and unpredictable.
“Just as the water reflects the stars and the moon, the body reflects the mind and the soul.”
Moonwater Dance Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Choreographer/Diector: Hannah Garner (2nd Best Dance Company)
Hannah Garner (she/her/hers), recently named ‘25 to Watch’ by Dance Magazine, is a NYC based dancer/choreographer making dance theatre work that “tackles topics like death and queer identity through rigorous, inventive movement and wit” (Dance Magazine). Having graduated SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance Performance and Composition, minor in Arts Management, and semester at the Beijing Dance Academy, Hannah has gone on to work with Doug Varone, Raja Feather Kelly, Sue Bernhard, and Megan Williams, in venues such as The Joyce Theater, NY City Center, the Park Avenue Armory, and New York Live Arts. Her work as 2nd Best Dance Company has been commissioned by GroundWorks DanceTheater, Gibney’s ‘dance-mobile’ series, Triskelion Arts, Kizuna Dance, GALLIM x CreateArt, musical artists (Snail Mail, Frankie Cosmos, and Half Waif), and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, among others. Hannah is currently on the contemporary faculty at Gibney Dance Center. 2nd Best works in person in NYC and lives online at 2ndbestdance.com.
Performed by: Runako Campbell, Nicole Hennington, Annie Morgan, Jake Nahor, and Channce Williams
Commissioned, performed, and produced: GroundWorks DanceTheater under artistic direction of David Shimotakahara
Dramaturg/Consulting Director: Ann Noling
Director of Photography: Darby Irrgang
Editor: Colleen McLaughlin
Sound Editor: Kevin Etherson
Colorist: Prannoy Jacob
Costumes: Janet Bolick with Hannah Garner
Lighting designer: Dennis Duggan
Location: Ingenuity Labs, Cleveland, Ohio
Music: Stabat Mater: 12. Quando Corpus - Amen composed by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and performed by Dame Emma Kirkby, Christopher Hogwood, the Academy of Ancient Music & James Bowman, and The Beatitudes composed by Vladimir Martynov and performed by Conspirare & Craig Hella Johnson
Premiere: virtual premiere on April 24, 2021