FloArts presents “Images in Motion: A Drive-in Dance and Film Experience”
By Penny Powell
Coming to the newly-constructed parking lot stage at the Florida School of the Arts is “Images in Motion: A Drive-in Dance and Film Experience” featuring live dance performances and films created by FloArts students, alumni and faculty. The event is free to the public and will be held on April 16 and 17 at 8:00 p.m.
According to FloArts dance instructor Jessica Mayhew Borrero, this year’s spring dance concert is another one for the books. “After dancing in our living rooms and producing a fully recorded concert during the shutdown in 2020, we are back to performing in a live setting, just with a special twist,” Borrero said. “It shows our ability to adapt to change and creatively think outside the box to continue producing quality work for our community.”
The scenic and design shop students have been hard at work creating the outdoor stage for the dancers, who will perform dances ranging from contemporary pointe, to jazz and pop. Borrero said that the piece, “Kiss the Sky,” is a full-blown party on stage incorporating elements of funk and pop. The dance cast includes Tara Cooper, Caley Costello, Suzannah Gaston, Austin Hoyt, Morgan Johnston, Rebecca Miller and Hannah Seyler.
Choreographers for the event are faculty members Borrero and Herman Ramos, as well as student choreographers Costello, Johnston and Miller. Borrero said that Johnston’s piece, “The Machines,” was created and revamped from a dance composition and improvisation study that Johnston built in the spring of 2020.
“It is a very athletic and detailed piece of choreography, reflective of time standing still when the pandemic first sent us into remote learning,” Borrero said. Additionally, “Through the Woods,” by Ramos, is a contemporary piece based on the concept of shape shifting and being a witness to change. About her own newly-created contemporary trio choreography, “Seeing Red,” Borrero said that it is “an in-depth reflection into the ever-changing complexities we are currently living.”
FloArts director and acting instructor Kevin Kelly said that the film festival content includes the original short films “Forced Perspective” by student Madeline Gamel, and “Memento Mori” by alumna Dana Cox. Both films were produced by student Noah Mastoridis. Actors include Izzy Asma, Courtney Burnett, Liam Carroll, Logen Cheatham, Kwabena Flewellyn, Kira Heuring, Dante Jones Soto and McKayla Whiteside. “We have also reached out to the FloArts alumni community to include short submissions, which we're very excited by,” Kelly said.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Arriving early is recommended; parking spaces are limited. A small number of socially-distanced outdoor seating spaces will also be available. Guests must provide their own chairs. All films and music will be broadcast through FloArts’ sound system and transmitted through audio streaming via an FM transmitter. Patrons will receive instructions upon arrival.
While the dance segment of the event is family-friendly, the film festival contains adult language, content and violence. A short intermission will be provided for guests who want to leave prior to the film festival.
Guests are encouraged to please be patient upon arriving and leaving the parking lot. Attendants will be available to assist with patrons’ entrance and exit.
The following are not allowed at the event: idling engine, pets, alcohol, rowdy or dangerous behavior, buses, recreational or oversized commercial vehicles.
Masks are required at all times when outside of personal vehicles.
Restrooms are located in the main FloArts building. The restrooms are socially-distanced and sanitized for safety between guests. Guests should walk to the restrooms instead of driving to the building.
Florida School of the Arts is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards two-year associate degrees. The School serves the entire state of Florida and is located on the SJR State Palatka campus. For more information, call 386-312-4300 or visit www.floarts.org.
FloArts students Terri Castelli, Elijah Richardson-Grant, Rhianna Kirkland, Nicole Barnes and Peyton Kalaczynski work on the School’s new outdoor stage in preparation for “Images in Motion.”
FloArts dance students Rebecca Miller, Morgan Johnston, and Caley Costello rehearse the dance “Seeing Red,” on the School’s newly-constructed parking lot stage.
It will be the School’s first public performance since closing for COVID-19 last spring. The event, “Images in Motion: A Drive-in Dance and Film Experience,” is free to the public and will be held on April 16 and 17 at 8:00 p.m.
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