Where The Sea Meets The Land

Where The Sea Meets The Land celebrates aging, a zero budget experimental movement film.

  • Sarah Swenson, Director/Choreographer/Camera
  • Terence Luke Johnson, Movement Language & Performance
  • Samuel Alty, Composer
  • Sarah Swenson, Terence Luke Johnson
  • Terence Luke Johnson
    Key Cast
  • Sarah Swenson
  • Alessandro Girasoli
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 25, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • North Europe International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    April 5, 2021
    London, UK
    Official Selection Best Experiemental Film
Director Biography - Sarah Swenson, Director/Choreographer/Camera

Sarah Swenson is an independent American choreographer with deep roots in both the classical modern and post-modern dance worlds. This is her first film. Sarah is deeply indebted to her dance elders Simone Forti and Rudy Perez, with whom she has been working for more than twenty years. Their unique treatment of human movement and energy has had a revelatory influence on her as a performer, and as a self-defined neo-modernist choreographer. Sarah has been the principal stager of Forti’s "Dance Constructions" since 2012, as well as the International Performance Coordinator since their acquisition by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2015. As the Artistic Director of Vox Dance Theatre of Los Angeles, she has created numerous original works for professionals, teens, and youth. Choreographic commissions include "Clamor", for Dancing Wheels of Cleveland in celebration of the Americans With Disabilities Act; and "Fire Within", for Vox Femina Women’s Choir of Los Angeles. She is currently working on "Singapore Remote", a collaboration with 10 Singaporean movement artists, as well as a commission by the Harry Partch organization in Los Angeles, both with tentative premieres in 2021. Sarah also directs, teaches, and performs in installations of Heidi Latsky's ON DISPLAY Global in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Seoul, and Monteroni di Lecce, Italy. She is married to Apulian composer Alessandro Girasoli. È sposata con il compositore pugliese Alessandro Girasoli.

Performer Biography: Terrence Luke Johnson has been improvising since 1970. Until the late 1980’s, he did theatrical improvisation in the Second City/Viola Spolin tradition. Later he took a Ph.D at ULCA in Gay Studies/Theater History. In the early 90’s, because of his Contact Improvisation practice, he began working with choreographers. He has collaborated with Simone Forti, Carmela Hermann Dietrich, Sarah Swenson, Caroline Waters, Dana Hirsch, Rudy Perez, and Emily Mast.

Composer Biography: Samuel Alty is an award winning composer, singer-songwriter and performer from New Zealand, now living in Poland. His career has led him through many artistic situations including dancing in the Royal Opera House, physical theatrical performances in the Arctic Circle, being a musical rabbit in touring traditional circus, and winning the Best Music for the Özdemir Nutku Theatre Awards. He has been on Polish regional and national television (TVP3, Echo24 and ATM Rozrywka), is regularly on Radio Wroclaw, Radio RAM and Radio Wroclaw Kultura, and has appeared on BBC 6 introducing with Tom Robinson.

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Director Statement

(Sotto per Italiano)
Creating movement solos for non-dancers using their own movement language has been an ongoing project of mine for more than a decade. In “Where The Sea Meets The Land”, initially proposed by the composer, we brought this particular choreographic approach, along with performance, cinematography, and music, together for the first time, and in the process, found ourselves making a music video/dance film about aging. Thank you, Sam! "Where The Sea Meets The Land" was shot in on location in Laguna Beach and Los Angeles, California, and edited in Italy, under Covid lockdown.
Creare assoli di movimento per i non ballerini utilizzando il proprio linguaggio di movimento è stato un mio progetto in corso da oltre un decennio. Nel "Where The Sea Meets The Land", inizialmente proposto dal compositore, abbiamo portato questo approccio coreografico particolare, insieme a performance, cinematografia e musica, insieme per la prima volta e, nel processo, ci siamo trovati a realizzare un video musicale / film di danza sull'invecchiamento. Grazie, Sam. "Where The Sea Meets The Land" è stato girato in location a Laguna Beach e Los Angeles, California, ed è stato modificato in Italia, sotto lockdown Covid.