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Reviewed in the Washington Post

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Our dance film, Other Life, was reviewed in the WASHINGTON POST this morning!  Click HERE To see it! Can you guess that Austin, Kelly, and I are dancing around our apartments, giggling like mad fools?  Yes, yes we are.

Be sure to come see the final night of OTHER LIFE at the Source Festival tonight at 8pm. Tickets are only $15!  

Next up:  We’ll be screening Other Life in early November at the Roundhouse Theatre in Silver Spring with Contradiction Dance!


the review…. by Celia Wren in the Washington Post

“To look on the bright side, one of the evening’s three offerings was an elegant and winningly mysterious stylistic melange. “Other Life,” a 15-minute movie by Austin Elston, Emily Gallagher and Kelly Mayfield, told a wistful love story through balletic modern dance and stylish black-and-white footage.

Choreographed by Mayfield (founder and artistic director of Contradiction Dance), the film interwove an intense, closely embracing pas de deux sequence — Mayfield and Boris Willis, in resonant interpretations of two lovers — with sequences evoking an elegant boudoir and (shades of “Anna Karenina” here) a 19th-century train station. Terence Nicholson’s melancholy original score, with its minimalist arpeggios and yearning string sounds, gave way now and then to suspenseful footsteps and ticking clocks. With enigmatic silent-movie-style captions (along the lines of “Doubt returns!”) and resonant imagery — billowing train-station steam, faces captured in an ornate hand mirror, fleeting glimpses of subsidiary characters portrayed by other dancers — the piece was stirring and poignantly open-ended.”

  1. how/where can i see the film?

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