Slice of Rain

Shot in the forests and fields of Ripton, VT during a residency at Goldry Hill, “Slice of Rain“ is inspired by the essence of the natural occurrence when it is both sunny and raining at the same time. There is a contrasting of sharp and dry with bright and dewy, and a beauty in what seems like alternating slices of rain and shards of sunshine coming from the sky.  There is a crispness and cleansing, a sparkling quiet, and a depth to the dimension that evolves with the passing shadows.

Abstract in nature, this film conjures moments of clarity that evaporate into the aether.

  • BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT
    Produced by
  • Kyla Barkin
    Artistic Directors
  • Aaron Selissen
    Artistic Directors
  • Aaron Selissen
    Director
  • Kyla Barkin
    Choreography
  • Kevin Keller
    Music
  • Marie Dousenard Strevens
    Key Cast
  • Kristi Ann Schopfer
    Key Cast
  • Kendra Isobel Samson
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,450 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Aaron Selissen

Aaron Selissen is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT, a New York City based contemporary dance company founded in 2009 with partner Kyla Barkin. Originally from Green Bay, WI, he received his B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Butler University.

He has directed several short films, including Slice of Rain, The Sun Never Came Out Today … And Other Melancholy Statements, Seven Armed Mind, and Concrete Illusion, which premiered on Martha’s Vineyard as part of Sally Taylor’s ConSenses, to name a few.

His choreographic work has been presented live at such venues as the Inside/Out Series at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Staller Center for the Arts, Main Stage at Stony Brook University, Bryant Park, the 92 St. Y, West End Theater, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Flea Theater, and more.

Aaron has taught master classes and workshops in public schools throughout New York City, the United States, and abroad. He can be found teaching at the Limón Institute, as well as giving private lessons.

Selissen’s performance career has taken him around the world. He worked with Dance Kaleidoscope and Ballet Internationale of Indianapolis. He has performed with the Martha Graham Ensemble, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, and Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends, among many others. He was a member of the Limón Dance Company from 2010 to 2016 and can currently be seen performing with Janis Brenner and Dancers (since 2007) as well as Barkin/Selissen Project.

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Director Statement

We dance to express that which cannot be expressed through words. As an artist working with both film and live performance, I strive to blur lines between the emotional and intellectual, dream worlds and waking states, logic and intuition. With dramatic shifts between subtle nuance and explosive athleticism, my choreography and filmmaking aims to infuse fresh perspective on subjects ranging from mathematics to the complexities of human nature.

As a working artist, I continually strive to forge new pathways through explorative, thought provoking, multi-layered work. I seek challenges to my assumptions by cultivating a diverse community of artists with whom I work, whose unique strengths and experiences bring divergent perspectives to our process. I aim to inspire audiences and meet people where they are by connecting them to and through dance. I believe it is important for artists to reach out to the youth in our communities, creating space for educational experiences that expose them to new ideas and perspectives while encouraging them to develop and trust their own voices.