Pant Suit Power!
As we approach four weeks from Election Day, I can’t resist this opportunity to practice my democratic right to free speech and endorsement… This time through dance and film!
I recently wrote about the work of Celia Rowlson-Hall in ScreenDance Diaries specifically featuring a beautiful short she directed and choreographed called Afloat, but this week I want to point everyone in the direction of a project she helped to jump start inside of a very short time in support of Hilary Clinton. This flash mob made into a dance short took place just this past Sunday in New York City, with a final edit turned around in just a few days. Pant Suit Power included about two hundred volunteer “pantsuit wearing Hillary supporters gathered together to perform a dance founded in unity, love, and inclusivity.”
Flash mobs were tailor made for the internet, with their impromptu quality and the wonder they call forth captured, perpetuated, and relivable again and again on the web. I love the palpable delight of all those gathered in the park, and I applaud the idea, the effort, and the end result of Pant Suit Power which was Directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall & Mia Lidofsky, with Choreography by Celia and Crishon Sanders. The film was Executive Produced by Richard Shepard, Produced by Jillian Schlesinger and Liz Sargent, with Cinematography by Andrew Droz Palermo and Editing by Jillian Schlesinger and Anais Blondet. Please watch, LIKE (if you do) and SHARE in the same spirit.
And please make sure to get out and vote on November 4!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Founder/Director of Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival, Sarah Elgart is a Los Angeles based choreographer and director working under the auspice of Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow. Sarah creates original content for stage, screen, and site-specific venues. Her stage and site-works have been performed at alternative spaces including LAX Airport, The Skirball Center, Mark Taper Forum, Van Nuys Flyaway, The Bradbury Building, Jacob’s Pillow, INSITU Site-Specific Festival NY, and Loft Seven, where she created a rooftop work lit entirely by a hovering helicopter accompanied by Nels Cline (Wilco). Her work has been produced by venues including The Music Center, MASS MoCA, Dance Place, Los Angeles Theater Center, Mark Taper Forum and The International Women’s Theater Festival. In film Sarah has worked with noted directors including JJ Abrams, David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, and Anton Corbijn. Her own films include award-winning music videos, dance shorts, and an Emmy nominated PSA, and continue to be accepted into festivals internationally. In addition to teaching dance and film, Sarah writes a regular column, ScreenDance Diaries that focuses on the intersections of both genres internationally for online magazine Cultural Weekly. Sarah’s work has received support from organizations that include the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, California Arts Council and more. She is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Dance Film Lab, a Fellow of AFI’s Directing Women’s Workshop, and a director member of the DGA.
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