Drift #13

Live performance of group improvisation, repertoire, and solo self-choreographed work in Paris, France during the Barnard Dance in Paris Summer 2022 showcase.

Deer Tracks

Deer Tracks by Lily Selthofner, watercolor and colored pencil on paper, 5″ x 7,” 2022.

The Mystery of the Future

A poem by Lily Selthofner, 2022.

Photo by Lily Selthofner, 2022.

cyclical, seasonal

what burden to bear?

the weight may sparsely disappear

ease

spots trouble in the distance

the telescope of uncertainty 

smeared with the fog of conditioning

sticky fingers wiping away 

attachment to the good, bad, looming and lingering

in favor of a lighter next time.

Concrete Talons

A poem by Lily Selthofner, January 13, 2022.

Photo by Lily Selthofner, 2022.

scavenging

little moments of daydream escape.

from school bus to subway train

I travel

to and from the same location.

roads paved, from rural hometowns

to massive Manhattan highways

everyone waits

for the light to change.

We are all the same.

Fill my backpack with your labored desires,

so you may rest. sweet relief 

remains submissive

to the beck and call of heavy traffic.

Sis

Sis by Lily Selthofner. acrylic and pastels on paper, 12″ x 14″

I painted this piece while sitting in front of a pond.

An Optimistic, Nostalgic Tree

An Optimistic, Nostalgic Tree by Lily Selthofner. watercolor on canvas, 5″x7″

The piece reveals dualities: of evergreens and deciduous reds — youthful in death, floating away, or falling, awaiting rebirth. From near and far, the trees see and know each other.

A Portrait of Three Cats: Milo, Gold Dust, and Dewey

A Portrait of Three Cats: Milo, Gold Dust, and Dewey by Lily Selthofner. Watercolor on paper, 16″x12″

This is a portrait of three cats that I know: Milo, Gold Dust, and Dewey (from left to right). The inquisitive and optimistic Milo, the energetic and feminine Gold Dust, and the wild, yet deeply caring Dewey.

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