All of Us is an experimental screendance that further's milkleaf's exploration of spatiotemporal displacement, personal memoir, accumulation, and repetition emphasizing the singular to illuminate the universal.
In response to COVID, we transformed an excerpt of This One Then into a short experimental screendance that features romantic partners, roommates, family members, and duets dancing "at home" amongst accumulating domestic objects. The duet cycle's continuous lyricism is framed, disrupted, and propelled by improviser Corey Scott-Gilbert dancing with the powerful narration of the late and beloved Gus Solomons jr. The montaged repetition across disparate scenes illuminates the collective experience of “alone, together.”
We now ask—what could emerge by retaining the poignancy of the duet format while multiplying the number of dancers? What does an ensemble duet look and feel like? Through the collaged displacement of people, how might we examine the tensions of social hierarchies, the harshness of exclusion, the warmth of belonging, and the interdependence of humanity? Our research is rooted in the democratic discourses of post-modern and experimental concert dance practices, which emphasize the collective voice.
Producer, Director, Choreographer, Editor: Charlotte Griffin Producer, Editor: Johanna Witherby Producer, Dramaturg: MiRi Park Composer: Milica Paranosic Mezzo-Soprano: Hai-Ting Chinn Assistant Editor: Jonathan Mora Sound Design: Andrew Moreno Color provided by: Nice Shoes Color Grading: Oscar Oboza Finishing Artist: Alex Hartley Color Assists: Nicole Luttrelf and Glenn Weidlich Color Producer: Tiffany Gale Administrative Associates: Quinicie Hydock and Minga Prather Narrator: Gus Solomons jr Solo Improvisor: Corey Scott-Gilbert Dancers: Jessica Clay and Terri Clay, Ariel Freedman and Harvest Shira Shiloah, Benjamin Holliday Wardell and Charissa Brun, Abdiel Jacobsen and Kristine Bendul, Krystal Matsuyama-Tsai and Waeli Wang, Nyama McCarthy-Brown and Kasim McCarthy-Brown, Jorge Miguel Soriano and Meredith Webster, Selene Aguirre and Mauricio Nava, MiRi Park and Grant Regalado, Harumi Paula López Gallardo and Cinthia Pérez Navarro, Hadassah Perry and Kira Fargas, Paul Sarvis and Gwyneth Jones, Luisa Trigo Mendoza, Aylar Roufa, Mila Roufa, Jesus Vidal, Chuck Wilt and Kyle Filley Made Possible by milkleaf donors, Paracademia, UCI 21C, Pentacle Administrative Support Program, Unique Projects, Inc., Certain Bird, The Cambrians, West LA College, Nice Shoes, Dance Films Association Production Grant Honorable Mention
Produced and directed by Charlotte Griffin with co-producers Johanna Witherby and MiRi Park and with an original score by Milica Paranosic for mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn. The screendace was awarded an "Honorable Mention" for its promise by the Dance Films Association Production Grant.
Initial choreographic research for This One Then focused on the intimacy of the duet form with the internationally acclaimed dancers Ariel Freedman and Meredith Webster and emerged from a commission by The Cambrians founder Benjamin Wardell. Early material was included in The Cambrians multi-choreographer project Empress Archer.
All of Us is a milkleaf production fiscally sponsored by Pentacle’s Unique Projects Inc. with previous support from The Cambrians, The University of California, Irvine, LINES Dance Center, and Certain Bird.