PRESENTED BY THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHOREOGRAPHY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON AND DANCE FILM SF
JULY 8-18, 2018
NCCAkron and Dance Film SF (DFSF), with lead support from the Akron Civic Commons, created Dancing Lab: Screendance in the summer of 2018. This lab brought together two teams of choreographers and filmmakers for an intensive creation process, shooting and producing dance films along Akron's Towpath Trail over the course of eight days.
“Chrysalis” was created by choreographer Nicole Klaymoon in collaboration with Tigre Bailando and Micah 'Just Jamz' Abbrey and filmmaker Morgan Wise. “But First…” was created by choreographer Mike Esperanza and filmmaker Erin Brown Thomas with Red Point Digital on production.
This program built local connections outside Akron’s usual operations, as private homeowners and local businesses shared their resources with the film crews as they worked throughout Akron.
For Giving Tuesday in 2019, both films were released for free online as a thank-you to NCCAkron's local and global communities.
“The creation of these dance films was made possible by Akronites, and their distribution was enabled by dance film festivals around the world,” says NCCAkron Executive/Artistic Director Christy Bolingbroke. “Releasing these films for free online is our way of thanking our local and global community at once, and putting a little more dance into the world.”