Re:assemblance 

(v.)(re-uh-sem-buh-lence)

The act of aggregating the pieces of oneself; to make whole.

A Virtual Reality dance film based on a true story

 

Synopsis

Dancers dance in front of mirrors when they go to classes, rehearse pieces and even when they free style. This is true for professional and non professional dancers. Growing up in the dance world means spending hours and hours criticizing yourself in the mirror. Mirrors are helpful to an extent, but they can also be harmful. They can distract dancers from actually dancing and, in the worst cases, can lead to body dysmorphia and eating disorders. Re:Assemblance is a short feature based on the true story of Juliette and Sarah shot in Virtual Reality that brings the audience into the perspective of two dancers. We will go on a journey into their experience both loving and struggling with their body and dance, especially their relationship to the mirror. We will transform through their perspective from feeling trapped and defined by the mirror to taking control of the mirror and their love for dance. This piece will be approximately 8 minutes long in duration. 

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Main Characters

This short features the perspective of two dancers, one professional ballet dancer named Sarah and one non-professional dancer named Juliette.

Juliette: Juliette is a 27 year old professional therapist and non-professional dancer living in San Francisco. She has previously struggled with OCD and an eating disorder. Since moving to San Francisco, she joined a nonprofit dance organization No Mirror Movement. This organization rehearses their dances outside with no mirrors and therefore frees the dancers of traditional pressures and self criticism associated with the mirror. This group and their dancing has re-kindled Juliette’s love for dance and has become part of her on-going recovery from her eating disorder. 

Sarah: Sarah is a professional dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. The character of Sarah was created as a combination of the true life experiences of the three SF ballet dancers featured in this film. She had to give up a lot to fulfill her dream, like going to college and having a “normal life.” She grew up in Boston and traveled to San Francisco eleven years ago to perform a lead role for the SF ballet. She loves living here and being a professional dancer, but admits its really hard to spend hours and hours inside a room in front of a mirror. Though she has not had what we traditionally consider an eating disorder, she has struggled to love her body and has forgotten why she began dancing in the first place. 

CreDits

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

DancinFlo Productions

DIRECTOR

Florence Lumsden

1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Tiffany Tse

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Cecilia Li

LEAD CHARACTERS/DANCERS

Sarah - Elizabeth Powell

San Francisco Ballet

Juliette - Juliette Chloe

No Mirror Movement

DANCERS:

Lonnie Weeks,

     San Francisco Ballet

Kimberly Marie Olivier,

     San Francisco Ballet

Janus Thomas Gutierrez Ebarvia,

      No Mirror Movement

Seren Pendleton-Knoll

Florence Lumsden

DANCE CHOREOGRAPHERS

Florence Lumsden

BALLET CHOREOGRAPHY

Kimberly Marie Olivier

Elizabeth Powell


ADDITIONAL CHOREOGRAPHY

Juliette Chloe

VR CINEMATOGRAPHER

Brenton Cooper

CAMERA OPERATOR 1 / DRONE OPERATOR 1


Kevin Kunze

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Dylan Curley

MUSIC

China Gates by John Adams, Bruce Brubaker

Froggie by Will Eastman

Free Fall by Will Eastman

ADVISING AND SUPPORT

Steve Kotton

SPECIAL THANKS

Sunset Movement Arts, Revel Paul

No Mirror Movement, Samantha "SammyMac" Ethridge

Nomirrormovement.org

Will Eastman

Kolor Autopano Video

Edythe Poyner

Jim Lumsden

Steve Kotton

Liz Rowley

James Egan

Dylan Curley

The San Francisco Ballet
 

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