REEL Art: Video Technology + Installation Art
Core Dance presents... REEL ART: Video Technology + Installation Art
REEL Art is a platform for original film installations - a contemporary art form that combines video technology with installation art - making use of the storefront windows of Core Dance’s studio building. Coupled with, all aspects of the surrounding environment of the Decatur Square, passersby/the audience are affected by this ingenious visual experience. As an installation, this work is unique in its use and design for the Core Dance Studio windows.
REEL Art began in the Core Dance 2020-21 season and began commissioning video installations in the 2021-22 season by Felipe Barral, Adam Larsen, Christian Meyer, Douglas Rosenberg and Jennifer Scully-Thurston.
Core Dance welcomes Georgians to join us for REEL Art Movement 5, which features the work of Douglas Rosenberg. His work will stream nightly each day through May 22nd, on our studio windows from dusk until midnight. Our studio is located at 133 Sycamore Street, 30030, on the Decatur Square.
Douglas Rosenberg is a filmmaker working with dance and performance. His films have been screened internationally for over 30 years at venues including, Lincoln Center, NY, Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and elsewhere. He has been a long-time advocate of screendance and he recipient of numerous awards and is also the author of Screendance: Inscribing the Ephemeral Image (Oxford Press) as well as other publications. Rosenberg is a Professor of Art at UW Madison.
Monumental Gestures is a site-specific project made specifically with, for and about the local communities that surround it, and to whom the participants in the project are made visible. For this project, I was thinking about the idea of “heroes”, about care-givers, advocates, activists and teachers and those who have supported the communities in which this work will be displayed. Who gets to be on public view, whose image do we think of when we think about who values, whose life matters? Who has visibility and who does not? The title of this project, Monumental Gestures, has multiple meanings. I think a lot about who is most often the source of public monuments, about who is elevated to the side of a mountain and why, about who makes such choices and who is not a part of the discussion. Monumental Gestures is also about elevating smaller gestures of care and love, faith and grief, to monumental proportions, so we begin to see the intimacy in that which is ordinary or quotidian. Above all, it is about making visible those among us who take care of our communities and do so out of a sense of purpose and in the service of others.
Meet The Featured Artists
Alexia Jones celebrates 26 years in long term recovery the founder and Executive Director of R2ISE Inc. a nonprofit RCO (Recovery Community Organization) in Atlanta Georgia, holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University, and an MBA from Phoenix University. She is a certified addiction empowerment specialist (CARES) and certified peer specialist (CPS) trainer of trainers for trauma informed care and currently studying to become a certified drum circle facilitator. She is passionate about her work with those in recovery from mental health challenges and/or drug addiction, by utilizing the arts and providing a safe place through R2ISE so that wellness can be maintained.
She has performed nationally and internationally and choreographed at the university and professional level. Alexia is a movement engineer committed to helping others walk in recovery, restoration, inspiration, support, and empowerment.
Alexia is committed to sharing the message that Art+Recovery=Freedom and bringing healing and hope to many through her artistic approach called the Beracha Method; a self-directed process that empowers peers to focus on their needs, stimulates recovery focused dialogue, builds collaborative relationships, and encourages connection with others to build a supportive recovery network.
Alexia has worked with individuals, families, and children in recovery for 26 years. During her recovery journey she has written several plays that illustrate the process of recovery, utilizing the unique stories and artistic gifts of the individuals she passionately serves.
Her artistic work includes "Chronicles of Hope” featuring recovering artists in a collaborative effort to share stories of hope throughout the state of Georgia. Alexia helps others connect, the mind, body, soul and spirit as well as advocate, educate and raise, awareness around the power of recovery.
R2ISE Inc instills hope, transforms lives and highlights the strengths of participants so that wellness can be maintained.
Doris Mukangu came to the United States from her native Kenya in 1996 to study Medical Technology. After graduating from Auburn University, Alabama, with a B.S. degree in Biology, she worked in the area of preventative medicine for six years. While volunteering at the DeKalb County Board of Health, she came across an opportunity to work with refugees from Burundi and Congo helping with language translation, health promotion and education. With her extensive work experience in preventative medicine and health promotion, she co-founded Amani Women Center (AWC) in 2006.
As the Executive Director of Amani Women Center, Doris has an MPH from Emory, Rollins School of Public Health and a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School of Non-Profit Management. Doris has over twelve years management experience working with non-profit organizations on refugee affairs. She has a sterling background in initiating and implementing culturally appropriate methods of training, program planning, evaluation, conference planning, and has a strong commitment to promoting wellbeing, advocacy and upliftment to the most vulnerable populations.
Doris initiated Johari Africa; a social enterprise program working with refugee women in Clarkston Georgia through the Amani Sewing Academy and parts of Africa to make beautiful handicrafts that are showcased at the Amani Women Center and now featured in various boutiques.
Doris is a board member of Friends of Refugees (FOR) whose mission is to empower refugees through opportunities that provide for their well-being, education and employment.”
Doris is a former vice president of the board of Tapestri Inc. whose mission is dedicated to ending violence and oppression in refugee and immigrant communities, using culturally competent and appropriate methods.
A change maker for most of her life, Elizabeth Labbe-Webb knew from a very early age she wanted to be an artist and always pushed to be included in the experiences that were commonly given to her classmates but were deemed too hard or inconvenient to provide for her as a person with a disability. Since those auspicious days as a young trouble maker, she earned degrees from Kent State University (Theatre) and Ohio State University (MBA). Along the way she blazed trails in the places where art and the disability experience met, pushing for inclusion when very few people even knew what that meant. Her roles include that of actor, designer, director, stage manager, choreographer. She has helmed every type of running crew and worked on every type of show from the Greek masters to new work from today, from community theatre to opera, gallery design and dance. She boasts numerous awards for her creative work with recognition for her leadership and vision by every community she has served. She helped to found several non-profits, paving the way for “othered” communities to take back their own power.
Elizabeth is considered an expert in inclusive practices and corporate strategy. Her expertise has found its way to the Ohio Arts Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council, Alternate Roots, the NEA, the High Museum among many other. Elizabeth is alumna of the Metro Atlanta Arts Fund Arts Leaders program and the Georgia Center for Non-Profits CEO Central. She adjudicated the Governor's Honors Awards in Theatre for several years and offers mentoring to young women with disabilities around the country as they pursue careers in the arts. She is a long time member of the Leadership in Disability Center's Community Steering Committee and works tirelessly advocating for truly inclusive communities. She is the Executive Director or Core Dance.
Karen Miller is the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (TACC). Clinical pastoral education teaches empathic care skills to chaplains, pastors, and lay people who work in hospitals and social justice settings. Karen’s students work with people experiencing homelessness at various agencies in downtown Atlanta.
Karen brings a diverse career to TACC. After graduating from the first nursing class at UT Knoxville, she practiced in Hawaii, Santa Monica, Santa Cruz, and Atlanta – mostly in labor and delivery.
After raising her kids, Karen enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary to become an ordained chaplain. Karen joined the CPE program at Emory, became an ACPE certified educator, and finally TACC’s Director of CPE.
Karen lives in a 120-year-old house in Decatur, has two grown boys, and a husband, Bruce, who is an author and a marketing professional. With Bruce, Karen sailed the British Virgin Islands on several trips. Karen brings a deep appreciation for the sacred, having studied Sufism, Taoism, Judaism, and Christianity. She spends much of her downtime in a tiny lakefront cabin in Tennessee.
Karen’s greatest pleasure occurs when her students encounter an “aha” moment which fosters a passion for lifelong learning.
Khari Diop is a 4th generation Georgia grower, a community garden educator, urban agriculture advocate, and local food security/sovereignty activist. Over a two-decade career in the Atlanta green industry, he has played a pivotal role in creating a more resilient local food system, cultivating the mind, body, and spirit of growers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, from pre-school youth to seasoned senior citizens. With a keen eye for design, an appreciation and reverence for the beauty of nature and academic training in conservation, ecology and horticulture, from soil science to botany, landscaping and construction, Khari brings abundant offerings of experience, a joyful exuberance and deep insight into the work. He is the Founder and CEO of Think Green Inc.
Ricke L. Willis, Jr. is a Certified Peer Specialist. He is a graduate of Belhaven University, located in Jackson, Mississippi. He is a senior currently completing his Master’s in Divinity, from Morehouse School of Religion, his concentration is Public Spaces from the Interdenominational Theological Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia. He is due to graduate this coming May of 2022.
About Face International Corporation is a vision that came to Ricke Willis as a young man while in prison for a crime he did not commit. He has overcome much, and he is identified by the Department of Behavioral Health, and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) (Certified Peer Specialist).
Living with a mental illness has not stopped him in his pursuit of helping others. He has firsthand experience in understanding some of the obstacles people, like himself, would encounter.
He wants AFIC to advocate on their behalf. Allowing AFIC to receive the funding will be hope for many people like himself.
Jennifer Scully-Thurston has meandered her way in and out of Dance, Movement and the Arts her whole life. She has traveled the world in Off-Broadway shows, small contemporary companies, taught in higher education and found her voice again as "Dancer With An Attitude" writing Dance, Theater and Book reviews. Her work caught the attention of Dance Critics Association and their "Emerging Writer Award". She brought her movement expertise to the world of animation and film with Grasshorse Studios. Continued honing her administrative chops with Core Dance, a prolific internationally touring dance co. based in Houston and Atlanta. Today she is teaching life skills to children through dance and music in the NC public school system with NC Arts in Action whose program is active in 18 Title 1 schools across the state, helping under-served children reach their full potential. This year she rolled out FilmFest by Rogue Dancer, a monthly on-line Film Festival devoted exclusively to Dance.
She is a dance filmmaker, curator and video installation artist. Her works have been featured at ADF Movies by Movers, DepicT!, Frame X Frame, Mad Monster Party Film Festival, Mysticon Independent Film Festival,Colorado International SciFi & Fantasy Film Festival, Tarheel Shorties Film Festival, ScreenDance Festival, FilmFest by Rogue Dancer, Orlando Edge Film Festival, MicroActs Artist Film Screening, 919 Noise, Direct Monthly Online Film Festival, FAD Festival: Film-Art-Dance on Screen, Fieldwork, James River Filmmakers Forum, EYEDRUM, EnCORE: Dance on Film, Dans Kamera Istanbul, Alternate Roots, Movies by Movers, Love/d & Sex/ed & dOORS cAN dANCE, Skwhirlhaus, 3 Minute Film Festival, Avalonia Festival, Small Wonders Exhibition and Festival, Ozark Shorts, Cinematica Festival, Wiper Film Festival & African Smartphone International Film Festival.
Her ongoing collaborations include works with her husband Christopher Scully-Thurston (Composer), HyMettus Woods, Onur Topal- Sumer (Dancer & Filmmaker), Jeff Roll (Filmmaker),Dustin Glasco (Editor) and Robert Epps (Sequential Artist).
Today... Momentum is growing in pulling all of her disparate dance endeavors together through Rogue Dancer Productions. In the meantime, the work is happening and in full swing. So keep an out for all the current and future DANCE happenings!
Movement 1 - Christian Meyer
October 1- November 14, 2021
Christian Meyer is a Berlin-based composer / musician / photographer. He is a prize winning creator of scores for movies, commercials, dance-theatre, concerts and performances. He also builds sound installations and photography exhibitions. www.christianmeyermusic.com and
This video-installation examines the unique movement of wind and water.
It was shot from a boat under anchor on a lake in Berlin.
As the camera was fixed to the boat the video follows the direct movement of the water and wind and captures the indirect motion of the branches and leaves.
A multilayered and meditative movement.
The image processing shifts the time levels and creates abstractions.
I created the sound and music to add a further cinematic layer.
Movement 2 - Felipe Barral
November 20 - January 6, 2021
Felipe Barral is a multimedia storyteller who expresses himself in many ways –through his films, videos and audiovisual works, his music, his art and his writing. He is also a journalist with a Masters degree in Philosophy.
Felipe is an Emmy award-winning producer. He is the Founder and CEO of his own production company, IGNI Productions, specialized on cinematic content for the arts; as well as the Founder and CEO of BELLA, a company that feeds the screens with beautiful cinematic videos produced to reduce stress and improve well-being.
As a filmmaker, director of photography and multimedia storyteller, Felipe specializes in creative, engaging and promotional content for the arts. His cinematography and editorial point of view are always outstanding. He has been helping different organizations, institutions and individuals, creating cinematic content that guarantees engagement in a memorable way through relatable stories and a constant pursue of beauty. Some of his partners and clients are: The Atlanta Opera, the Alliance Theatre, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Arts ATL, Synchronicity Theatre, Actor’s Express, Horizon Theatre, CORE Dance, Eyedrum, the Serenbe Institute for the Arts and the Environment, ImmerseATL, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, HALO Production, DAC Hospitality, Deljou Art Group, Atlanta International School, and many others. Felipe is also an independent filmmaker, producer, director, photographer, musician, artist and writer. He has released seven short films, short and long format documentaries, three books of poetry, and has composed original scores for silent films and documentaries.
For 20 years, Felipe produced outstanding high quality storytelling at CNN as well. Felipe has taught his “Creative Production Philosophy & Style” to producers, reporters and colleagues at CNN, and he also taught it to children in an international school in Atlanta, which led him to be recognized with Time Warner’s Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Award in 2014.
Adam Larsen is a documentary filmmaker and projection designer. Designs include Hal Prince’s LoveMusik on Broadway; Esperanza Spalding’s 12 Little Spells national tour; Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking The Waves at Opera Philadelphia and the Prototype Festival; Lee Breuer’s The Gospel at Colonus at the Athens, Edinburgh, and Spoleto festivals; Watermill at the BAM Next Wave Festival; Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle at the Singapore and Edinburgh festivals; Bernstein’s A Quiet Place at Tanglewood; Janáček’s From the House of the Dead at Canadian Opera; Britten’s Turn of the Screw at Seattle Opera; Bernstein’s Mass at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Mostly Mozart Festival; Britten’s Peter Grimes, and the SoundBox series at San Francisco Symphony. Adam’s documentary Neurotypical, about autism from the perspective of autistics, aired on the the PBS series P.O.V..
The Unanswered Question
a film by
In collaboration with
Sue Schroeder/Choreographic Direction
Erik Thurmond/Dance Artist
Music Written & Composed by Charles Ives
Performed by Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco
While I have practically no formal musical training (I took piano lessons in my youth and never learned to read music fluently) I have had the pleasure of gaining an education experientially as an insider in collaboration with so many incredible musical minds. I first heard The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives in 2017 as part of a project with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony and was utterly hooked. The piece, written in 1908, haunted me with its directness and lack of resolve. Against a background of slow, quiet strings representing "The Silence of the Druids”, a solo trumpet poses "The Perennial Question of Existence", to which a woodwind quartet of "Fighting Answerers" tries vainly to provide an answer, growing more frustrated and dissonant until they give up. I can’t say The Unanswered Question is the easiest music to listen to. It’s challenging and existential but it elicits something in my soul and I was compelled to explore this more deeply in film.
I decided to collaborate with my friend, choreographer Sue Schroeder, because for one I imagined a solo dancer as the protagonist but also because it’s a lot more fun to wade through the deep with a companion. Because the music has two distinct energies - the beautifully seductive strings and the discordant horns - we were interested in exploring contrasts: raw, explosive, self-absorbed movement, contrasted by outward, tender, stillness; a white nebulous manufactured space, contrasted by a lush natural environment; extreme closeups, contrasted by wide shots. By cutting between these differing qualities, places, and framings, we hoped to emphasize the moment when one exhausts oneself and finally wakes to the world around.
In over 40 years of work in the arts, Sue Schroeder has created more than 110 original dance works for theaters, museums, green spaces, architectural works, and water environments. Her work has appeared throughout the United States, as well as Mexico, Israel, France, Germany, Poland, Georgia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Iceland, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Guatemala, and Hungary. Schroeder’s multidisciplinary vision has led to collaborations with major voices in Dance – Amanda K. Miller, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor, Ellen Bromberg, Beppie Blankert, Dieter Baumann & Jutta Hell, Alicia Sanchez, Joanna Haigood, Isabelle Salle & Adolfo Vargas, Susan M. Prins, and Polly Motley – in Music – Christian Meyer, Antoine Plante, Sonja Zarek, Todd Hammes, Yoko Ono, Joanna Duda, Michael Keck, Rich O’Donnell, Stuart Gerber & Jan Baker, and Klimchak – in Spoken Word – Keith Antar Mason & The Hittite Empire, Sarah Turquety, LeRon McAdoo, Marcus Montogmery & the Writeous Poets - and Visual Arts and Design – Adam Larsen, Nancy Chikarishi, Maya Ciarrocchi, Gail Siptak, Charlie Sartwelle, Anne Skupin, Lisa Shoyer, Maya Geffman, Walter “Chip” Morris and Lucía Hernández López.
Schroeder is known for her site-specific, museum and immersive creations for The Menil Collection, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, University of Central Arkansas, Baum Gallery, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Lawndale Art Annex – University of Houston, Diverseworks ArtSpace, Lauren Rodgers Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Varmlands Museum, Karlstad (Sweden). Schroeder’s long-standing relationship with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has led to 12 commissions to exhibitions featuring the work of Sol LeWitt, Diego Rivera, Carlos Cruz-Diez, John Alexander, Pablo Picasso, MoMA’s Heroic Century, the Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art, Jules Olitski, Joseph Havel, Isamu Noguchi, and Dan Flavin. Schroeder has also received 20 site-specific commissions from the Bayou City Arts Festival.
Additionally, Schroeder is recognized as a leading Arts Activist and Mentor and the Founding Artistic Director of Core Dance. As a contemporary artist and Dance Maker, Schroeder focuses on the creative process, movement research & exploration, and dance-making as a catalyst for social change.
Photo by Jerry Siegel
Erik Thurmond is an artist that uses the body in action to disrupt assumed rules and systems of control. His practice is a meditation on how his corporeal presence reshapes the spaces that shape him. His work has been presented by Core Performance Company, Tanz Farm, Dashboard, the High Museum of Art, Mana Contemporary, 99 Scott, Movement Research at Judson Church, and by Kara Walker at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Erik received his MFA in Visual Art from Rutgers University. Currently his main project is his experimental pop art band: Pandemia, which he co-directs with his two favorite people.
This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.