This Land

'This Land' is the story of individuals who believe in a future filled with prosperity. However, days turn into nights and nothing has yet come into fruition.

  • Ariel Monticure
  • Anthony King
    Bill Nye the Science Guy, Revlon and Almay cosmetics, Feral Creature, South Korean music labels
  • AJ Seferlis
    Bill Nye the Science Guy, Revlon and Almay cosmetics, Feral Creature, South Korean music labels
  • Abby Marchesseault
    Key Cast
  • Ariel Monticure
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • SPARK Summer Film Fest
    United States
    August 4, 2017
  • Lone Star Film Festival
    Fort Worth, TX
    United States
    November 7, 2018
Director Biography - Ariel Monticure

Ariel Monticure is a Ft. Worth native. She began her training at age 5 with former North Pacific Ballet soloist, Victoria Fedine. Since then she has studied at School of Texas Ballet Theatre, Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Milwaukee School of Ballet, The School of American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Center of Ft. Worth, and STEPS on Broadway. Monticure has performed works in the fields of musical theatre with Casa Mañana’s Bass Hall Productions, ballet, and modern. She has been fortunate to be cast in an original work by former New York City Ballet soloist, Mel Tomlinson. For the 100th anniversary of the Rite of Spring, Monticure was given the opportunity to perform Dutch choreographer Joost Vrouenraets’s premiere. The performance was awarded “Best Dance Performance in Dallas” in 2013. Monticure graduated in 2015 from Southern Methodist University with a B.F.A in Dance Performance. She choreographed, directed, and performed in a dance film staged in New York City. Currently she is a full-time faculty member at Ballet Center of Ft. Worth, an arts writer for Theater Jones, and a founding member and co-creator of Avoir Motion Dance Project.

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Director Statement

Avoir Motion Dance Project is dedicated to preserving the versatility of classical dance forms while challenging their traditional inaccessibility. We strive to remove "high art" from its conventional caste system and to create works that celebrate the human juxtaposition of rural and urban, gritty and sophisticated, nature and industry. We accept any emotion, reaction, or thought our art provokes as valid; acknowledging that each audience member is also shaped by a unique history and perspective. We believe that dance is not simply an event to see -- “voir” -- but an experience to have -- “avoir”.