Ultimate Catharsis 1

Ultimate Catharsis 1
Created and Directed by Lily Selthofner
Edited Show Recording

Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, 2024 in the Movement Lab at Barnard College – ninety minutes

Ultimate Catharsis 1 is an interdisciplinary, multimedia experimental performance art piece, with a dynamic cast of fifteen dancers, actors, and musicians — including both students and non-student collaborators — that lead us through a reclamation of Justice and Truth, amidst the sublime of love, divinity, and awareness. There’s a heavy content warning on this show, even though it is by no means entirely or largely negative, you should know that this show tackles a lot of heavy topics including sexual violence, institutional oppression at Columbia University, familial violence, and touches on some current events. While these topics are complex and painful, they need to be talked about and we are doing that through dance, music, poetry, and narrative, with beauty, towards providing a valuable and growth oriented audience experience, in the name of love. There are also mentions of suicide, homicide, mild flash warning, potential depictions of blood, and loud noises/screaming. Thanks for being here and enjoy the show.

Lily Selthofner – Creator/Director, Actor/Narrator, Dancer, Singer
Justine Dugger-Ades- Actor/Narrator and Dancer
Desislava Kremenlieva – Actor/Narrator and Dancer
Adara Allen – Dancer
Nadia Benes – Dancer
Marissa Caldera – Dancer
Asia Gross – Dancer
Eirik Peterson – Dancer
Daniel Weitz- Cellist and Singer
Maria Shaughnessy- Harpist
Justin Shaw – Guitarist
Ray Baker – Drummer
Izzy Pacenza – Saxophonist
Featured Audio:
Rory Bricca – Composer/Pianist
Jane Meenaghan- Composer/Instrumentalist
Sophia Ling – Lighting Design
Shannon Binns – Lighting, Sound, and Projection Operation, Photographer


Creative Dance Thesis Performance Recording

8th House

Choreography: Improvised by Lily Selthofner

Music: Before the Beginning by John Frusciante

Lighting: Sophia Ling

Date: March 21, 2024

Location: Minor Latham Playhouse, Milbank Hall at Barnard College

Thanks for watching! This is one run of my creative thesis, completed towards my Dance degree at Columbia University.

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Acqua Alta

Acqua Alta show program booklet

Full text – Lido

Images from the Show

Piano Music by Rory Bricca

Movement Lab Event Page

Acqua Alta 

Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Writer:  Lily Selthofner

in collaboration with the cast


Adara Allen

Marissa Caldera 

Nina Kulkarni

Lynn Wilcox 

Dancer and Singer: Maddy Manning-Bi

Dancer and Narrator: Moksha Akil

Cellist and Guitarist: Daniel Weitz

Narrator: Eric Butler

Composer and Pianist: Rory Bricca 

Composer and Musician: Jane Meenaghan

Singer and Musician: Makae Brieschke 

Lighting: Isabelle Cowen, Sophia Ling 

Costuming: Lily Selthofner, Adara Allen, Barnard Costume Closet

Venezia Scalzo film credits

Director, Dancer, Poet, Voice, Editor:

Lily Selthofner

Cinematographer: Anna Kasun

Composer and Pianist: Rory Bricca

Makae Brieshke – Vocal Composer and Singer

Special Thanks to Elizabeth Leake

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This project was made as a part of the Student Artist in Residence program of the Movement Lab in the Milstein Center of Barnard College

Acqua Alta is an interdisciplinary experimental performance art piece that wades through the waters of Venice, Italy, featuring a cast of eight student performers. Acqua Alta uses live ballet and contemporary dance, with live cello, opera in Italian and English, and spoken word accompaniment, as well as film, text, and visual arts, to bring contingent narrative vignettes into a labyrinth flow. Venice’s waters suffuse and lull as a linguistic, corporeal, and reflective motif: mortal and eternal, void and full, mundane and sacred, beautiful and putrid. Desire is mechanized as the decadent pain of acceptance — surrounded by undrinkable water, yet still finding solace and nourishment in the grandiosity of the everyday. Intimate and oceanic, Acqua Alta winds through Venetian canals, provokingly juxtaposed forms, emotions, and experiments of truth.

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Four Seasons

Summer by Lily Selthofner, acrylic on canvas, 16″x24,” 2023
Fall by Lily Selthofner, acrylic on canvas, 16″x24,” 2023
Winter by Lily Selthofner, acrylic on canvas, 16″x24,” 2023
Spring by Lily Selthofner, acrylic on canvas, 16″x24,” 2023

Art From Within

Art from Within 1 by Lily Selthofner, mixed media on paper, 6″x10″
Art from Within 2 by Lily Selthofner, mixed media on paper, 6″x10″
Art from Within 3 by Lily Selthofner, mixed media on paper, 6″x10″

Space, Falling

Space, Falling is a collaborative and improvisatory performance by Lily Selthofner and Gladstone Deluxe. The work is centered around the transposition of pattern and rhythm from the sonic onto the spatial and sensory, and the exploration of extra-logical geometries.

Performed on May 8, 2023

Special thanks to Marjorie Folkman, Zosha Di Castri, Eva Thomas, and the Barnard Movement Lab


Disco Ball Funeral

Created April 2023

This project was made possible through the production and technical support of the Movement Lab in the Milstien Center of Barnard College.

Screened with live performance and installation as part of Performance Arts Course at the Undergraduate Arts Showcase in May 2023.


Caution Wet Floor

Caution Wet Floor

Exploratory response to questioning posed by choreographer Deborah Hay, excerpted from Using the Sky: A Dance. Made for an assignment in the Dance Composition: Form course at Barnard College.

Created February 2023.

Visual Art Component of Caution Wet Floor
Visual Art Component of Caution Wet Floor
Exploration: Pathways

Climbing, Lost by Lily Selthofner — poetry used in sound