Snow Song

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.
"Snow Song" is an excerpt from the winter section of "Nature's Walk" in which 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 nature that inspired this work. With this project, a few of the elements I have been exploring are: light, color, and space in the different seasons in Alaska. 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 of movers 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 "Snow Song" and in the larger work "Nature's Walk," my purpose is to remind us to appreciate our natural surroundings and preserve our precious earth.

  • Breezy Berryman
    Breezy Berryman Dance Company
  • Jill Berryman
    Key Cast
  • Joy Steward
    Key Cast
  • Ireland Styvar
    Key Cast
  • LuAnne Nelson
    Key Cast
  • Polly Hess
    Key Cast
  • Cameron Segura
    Camera Crew
  • Eric Lange
    Camera Crew
  • John Whittier
    Camera Crew
  • Ross Radcliffe
    camera crew
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Modern, Dance, Video, Nature, Seasons
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Breezy Berryman

Breezy hails from Homer, Alaska where she studied with her mother, Jill Berryman. She is eternally grateful to her for her tutelage and inspiration. In 2000 she graduated from New York University- Tisch School of the Arts with her B.F.A. in Dance. In 2006 she moved to Salt Lake City, UT to attend graduate school for dance at the University of Utah. She directed her own dance company for six years in New York and has been showcased at venues that include: the Joyce-Soho Presents, Dance Now and The Dance Sampler-Symphony Space. She has taught and been a guest artist for the following residencies : The Bessie Schonberg at The Yard in Martha's Vinyard, The Silo, Northstar Ballet Summer Festival, the Homer Summer Dance Festival, Alaska Dance Theater, and the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Along with choreographing, she has toured nationally and internationally with Ririe-Woodbury/Nikolai Dance Theater, Sara and Patrik Widrig, Marie-Christine Giordano, and Rhombus Dance. Musicals in Homer, Ak she has contributed choreography to include: Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, West Side Story and Spamalot. She has had the great honor to receive a Rasmuson Individual Artist Award in 2014 and a Rasmuson Fellowship in 2017 to create a dance video inspired by Alaska’s landscapes titled “Nature’s Walk." She has co-directed the magical Homer Nutcracker Ballet with Jennifer Norton for the past seven years.

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Director Statement

Breezy would like to especially thank her mom Jill Berryman and all others who have nurtured, inspired and encouraged her to create dance works. Branching out into a new medium to express my art form through a new lens has been both a challenge and a wonderful rewarding experience.