“We wanted to shoot at the beach, but it was way too windy and sand was blowing everywhere so we had to find a new location,” said Culver City High School junior and AVPA dance student Sophia Binder. “It might even be better than what we originally imagined.”
Summing up the title of this year’s AVPA Dance Concert, Sophia is one of 50 students from both AVPA Dance and Film who worked in partnership to put together “Unexpected, An AVPA Collaboration with Dance and Film.”
This year’s Dance Concert is about living and responding to life during the pandemic. All students were outdoors for their dances, all masked and socially distanced, in multiple locations around Culver City. Seeing the upside of the pandemic circumstances, freshman dance student Zaria Jefferson said, “It was fun to dance outside and see my classmates in person for the first time.” Victoria Montenegro, a sophomore dance student said, “The film kids were really nice. It was cool to watch them work, how they set up the cameras and got different kinds of shots.”
True to the Unexpected title again, the artists had to postpone the dance concert because the small group film shoots were rained out. Airing via YouTube for one night only on Thursday, December 3, at 7 pm, there will be a live Q & A after the show with the choreographers and filmmakers.
“This dance-for-camera is a first experience for all of the dance company members,” said Carol Zee, AVPA’s Creative Director for Dance at CCHS. “The filmmakers were so great – each dance will take on a different life with the vision of the directors and the editors. It’s a true and very exciting collaboration.”
The students are excited to see the end product as well. Senior dance student Kaylee Lee said, “This is the first time I’ve done a collaboration with film. It will be cool to see their visual interpretation of my movement and vision for the piece. I have no idea how it’s going to turn out so I’m excited to see it!”
In addition to Dance and Film, AVPA and CCHS Art students will be featured as transitions between the dance films. “I wanted to highlight all the great visual art that is happening on campus, both day classes and AVPA” added Carol Zee.
To see the full Unexpected collaboration, grab the webinar link at AVPA.org and join us on December 3 at 7pm! We encourage you to join the show that night, and stay for the live Q&A, but the show will continue to be viewable after the fact on AVPA.org/dance.