Upward Spiral

Upward Spiral is an experimental Screendance documentary that navigates the subjective embodiment of selves, objects, and spaces, forging paths between aloneness and togetherness.

I created Upward Spiral to explore the subjectivities of embodiment that hover in the gaps between aloneness and togetherness. First, I worked with my cast members one-on-one to create single-shot films that explored how sacred objects, spaces, and routines are embodied within aloneness. Woven together, these individual experiences portray collective rituals and moods of identity and grounding – as represented by the “object-altar” – the materialities of embodiment.

I also collected 43 drawings, where I asked people to draw their response to the question: “How do you feel in your body right now?” During the rehearsal process, my cast and I explored how movement can influence, represent, and be inspired by the “body-drawing” lens of embodiment as a shared mode of articulation. We also played games and journaled to explore where the self changes between aloneness and togetherness – these processes culminating in a song and series of audio interviews in the film.

All together, the culmination of many subjective experiences, articulated progressively deeper through various mediums, guides the audience through a fundamentally human Upward Spiral towards a more articulately-embodied togetherness.

December 2022

Screenings:

CoLab Performing Arts Collective Fall 2022 Showcase

Pop-up: Screendance Showing

Satisficing

Satisficing explores resistance, interjection, and compulsion in everyday routines.

October 2022

Screenings:

Pop-up: Screendance Showing

Species Loneliness

In reflection of the COVID-19 pandemic, this video explores ‘Species Loneliness’ as defined by Robin Wall Kimmerer in Braiding Sweetgrass: “a deep, unnamed sadness stemming from estrangement from the rest of Creation, from the loss of relationship.”

Spring 2022

Screenings:

CoLab Performing Arts Collective Spring 2022 Showcase

Kala

This experimental dance film was made as an assignment for Text, Magic, Performance at Columbia University, relating to shadow puppet theater in Java, Indonesia, specifically Kala, the demon of time.

Created Spring 2022