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Nature's Walk

In 2014, I directed a Summer Dance Festival in Homer, Alaska and invited guest choreographers from Homer, Anchorage, AK and New York City to showcase their work. The festival culminated in a performance that featured my piece "Nature's Walk." In the first "Nature's Walk," I incorporated footage of Alaska's wild natural beauty by projecting the images behind the dancers. The images motivated me to think about how I could use a different medium to integrate movement and alongside an opportunity to explore a new creative process.
In "Nature's Walk" I am re-imagining the original performance and fusing it into a modern dance video. I am excited to move dance out of the theater and into the nature that inspired this work. Within this project, some elements I have been exploring are: light, color, and space in the different seasons of the Alaskan landscape. In summer, the dancers wore red dresses to represent forest fires in color contrast with the deep green vibrancy of the forest. In "Snow Song," I experimented with the contrast of a tight knit group movers in their winter years against the expansiveness of the textured snow. As an underlying theme, I was exploring the idea of how the seasons represent the different stages of life. I chose dancers in their distinguished years for winter to juxtapose the young sojourner who dances through all four seasons. I am examining birth, growth, death and rebirth. I am interested in the intentional manipulation of time through the editing and post-production process. By exploring a new medium I am able to map bodies in nature and explore movements of those bodies in relation to the camera. I have been fortunate to work with an exceptional group of camera operators to help in this regard.
Lastly, but most importantly, in "Nature's Walk," my purpose is to suggest and emphasize how important it is for us to appreciate our natural surroundings and preserve our precious earth.

  • Breezy Berryman
  • Ireland Styvar
    Key Cast
    "Main Character"
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  • Runtime:
    26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Breezy Berryman

Thirty-one years ago, her mother Jill Berryman directed and Breezy Berryman performed in the very first Homer, Alaska Nutcracker. She is so grateful that her mom bestowed her knowledge and love for dance to her at such a young and impressionable time. Years later she graduated with her BFA in Dance from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and attended graduate school at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She directed her own dance company in NYC where her work was showcased at: the Joyce-Soho, Dance Now, In The Company of Women and The Dance Sampler at Symphony Space. Teaching and choreography residencies include: The Yard at Martha's Vinyard, The Silo, Northstar Ballet Summer Dance Festival in Fairbanks, AK, The Homer Summer Dance Festival, and Alaska Dance Theater and The University of Ak-Anchorage. She has toured nationally and internationally with Ririe-Woodbury/Nikolai Dance Theater, Sara and Patrik Widrig, Marie-Christine Giordano, and Rhombus Dance. Her creative spark has been added to many local musicals including: Godspell, Little Orphan Andy, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story and Spamalot. She was thrilled to receive an Individual Artist Award as well as an Artist Fellowship from the Rasmuson Foundation in 2017 to create a dance for camera work inspired by Alaska’s landscapes titled “Nature’s Walk." She recently had her debut of "Nature's Walk" and is excited to share it with the community and dance film festivals in the upcoming year.

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Director Statement

Breezy would like to especially thank her mother Jill Berryman and the many teachers and mentors she's been blessed to know that have nurtured, inspired and encouraged her to create dances. Branching out into a different medium to express her art form through a new lens has been both a challenge and a wonderfully rewarding experience.