This dance explores methods of merging visual art-making and choreography. Through the process of generating movement, choreographic entanglements were inseparable between both painting and dancer as a relationship developed between the two and shared choreographic agency emerged.

  • Dawn Schultz
  • Dawn Schultz
  • Justin W Phillips
  • Maryann Massa
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    900 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Transart Institute/Liverpool John Moores University
Director Biography - Dawn Schultz

Dawn Schultz is a creative educator, choreographer, and research scholar. Through the language of movement and using one's body as an instrument to construct visual narratives, her work explores the human body and its capacity to convey embodied interpretations of experiences. Focusing on relationships the body makes with things and other people within the environment generates her choreography as the body becomes an extension of threads designing fabric within our society.

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Director Statement

As an artist, I dance because it is a birthright, it calls to me as one of the purest forms of expression. My work creates space to challenge conventional concert dance and investigate alternative modes through a decolonial approach to dance.

At present, my research examines how an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from visual art forms, serves to reimagine physical thinking in dancers. My combined research practice and pedagogical approach investigate methods that explore new movement possibilities in dancers through making visual art images to merge with the process of creating choreographic works through Score reading and improvisational movement tasks. I seek to analyze different levels of understanding and application in various levels of dancers. This practice explores equitable practices through the collaborative development of meaning-making and material reconfiguring as dancers work together through material-discursive practices of entanglements. A shared agency arises in the materiality of the body, visual art, and the intra-action in and through the choreographic process.

Influenced by sensorial stimuli, the imagination motivates questions that guide a process in ways that go beyond western classical approaches to dance technique. Creating a purpose to explore choreography contributes to unity between people, their relationships with one another, and their ability to share their art with the community. My ambition is to arrive at a deeper meaning of choreo-pedagogical forms and functions and inspire future generations to develop ever-evolving, socially engaged performing arts practice.