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never blinded by the absence or overabundance, it lets in just enough (2017)

image: Tom Daly

Focusing solely on the physical forces of push and pull, this work muscles through the possibility that dance is not about self-expression or “the body” but instead defined by the surrender of the self and the over-conceptualized body. Here, the dancers move their individual anatomies in an effort to resist concept.

Presented at University of Virginia’s 2017 Spring Dance Concert in collaboration with musician Jordan Perry.

ONE NEO EON (2015)

images: Whitney Browne and Gui Caron

Performers and collaborators: Peter Scarbo Frawley (poet) and Jordan Perry (musician) with Jason Mears, Zena Bibler, Julia Handschuh, Athena Kokoronis,Hannah Krafcik, Ben Van Buren, Lailye Weidman, Rishauna Zumberg

ONE NEO EON was presented at Fleet Moves Dance Festival 2015.

More than (2015)

images: Jack Looney

More than considers the interplay between affect and constructed space, both imaginary and real. The work moves through questions stirred up by the recent refugee crisis and the increasing construction of physical borders around the world. What barriers do we build around our own bodies as a result? To whom do we owe what? How far out do our hands reach?

Presented at University of Virginia’s 2015 Fall Dance Concert.

faith enough to disbelieve (2015)

images: Tom Daly

faith enough to disbelieve is a unique collaboration between Katie Schetlick and local musician Marie Landragin that draws parallels between the transformative powers of sacred practices and rock concerts.  Arbitrarily derived gestures, both physical and sonic, find palpable meaning through faithful repetition and steadfast interpersonal relations. The final resulting gesture brings the felt, bodily experience of profundity into focus and questions the importance of our separate paths.

Presented at University of Virginia’s 2015 Spring Dance Concert.

For Now (2015)

images: Jennifer Lauren Smith

For Now is a site-specific, cross-disciplinary work in space, movement, and sound by Katie Schetlick, Rachel Devorah Trapp, and Jennifer Lauren Smith which attempts to find determined ways of being within an evolving environment.

Featured performers: Sérgio Andrade, Kristin Clotfelter, Hannah Krafcik, Rishauna Mari, and Zoe Rabinowitz

Presented April 4th on a dilapidated jetty in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Duo For Many (2014)

Duo For Many is a meditation on the imperfections that arise when two divergent bodies attempt to find simultaneity.  Seeming oppositions –repulsion and attraction, comfort and neglect, give and take, harmony and dissonance– collapse into a shared time and space whose complexity can only be understood by the two bodies that inhabit it. In the end, these gathered imperfections become the shared moment the duo never expected.

Presented at University of Virginia’s 2014 Fall Dance Concert and the 2015 American College Dance Association Mid-Atlantic Conference.

WoodEar (2014)

images: Matt Mazano

WoodEar is a video and sound installation designed by digital artist Peter Traub that uses sensors embedded in a tree to generate real-time content. Part of the installation includes a vertical projection on raw wood collaboratively designed and constructed by Katie Schetlick, Jennifer Lauren Smith and Peter Traub. The projection features a dancer “performing” a series of movements directed by the changing conditions of the tree throughout the day. Shot from above and crossfading over the course of 24 hours, the kinetic image, derived from chance sequencing of still shots, resembles our distant ancestors’ arboreal movement. Every variation in the tree’s air pressure results in a new configuration of a body in flux.

The opening at Ruffin Gallery included a newly commissioned piece choreographed by Katie Schetlick.

Performers: Zena Bibler, Ben Van Buren, Brad Stoller, and students of UVA’s Dance Program

HERE (2014)

images: Whitney Brown

Disparate landscapes sourced from natural phenomena experienced and documented by various artists during a week long residency in Wellfleet collide and result in a place and time that may only be described as HERE. Dancers and live musicians simultaneously navigate a condensed new world made up of their individual, intersecting cartographies.

HERE was presented at Wellfleet Preservation Hall as part of Fleet Moves Dance Festival 2014.

The Plait (2014)

images: Emily White

The Plait is an exploratory evening of music and dance–guitars, quick feet, electronics, hair, old samplers, investigative spines, amps, tapes, anatomical inscriptions, ears, you, seeing, compressing, shadowing, listening, reshaping, connecting. The quartet, dancers Kristin Clotfelter and Katie Schetlick and musicians Erik Deluca and Adam Smith, put together 2 sets based on simple progressions: pulses to ambient textures; loud to soft; slow to slower. The result– unexpected audio/visual configurations.

The Plait was presented at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and the Green Building in Brooklyn, NY.

I’ll Dance While You’re Dancing and We Will Have Danced Together

I’ll Dance While You’re Dancing and We Will Have Danced Together, can best be summed up as a nonlinear game of (dance video) telephone. Using handheld technology, participating performers respond to each other’s movements across time and space. Each performer is instructed to create an instant composition in response to the particularities of their own location and subjective experience, filming resonant elements to share with other performers. As video accumulates, performers are invited to respond to the contributions of others, tracking the flow of inspiration and the manner in which ideas get taken up, transported, developed, and recycled.

…and We Will Have Danced Together was presented at the 2013 International Dance Theatres Festival in Lublin, Poland and adapted for the 2014 Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo, Egypt. Presented in partnership with CulturehubThe Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, and Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival – Cairo.

A Dance Score for the Downtown Mall (2014)

images: Keith Alan Sprouse

A Dance Score for the Downtown Mall, was presented as part of the 2014 Tom Tom Founders’ Festival and supported by University of Virginia’s Office of the Provost and Vice-Provost of the Art. This project grew out of a desire to reveal the Downtown Mall’s lesser-known connection to dance and to reinvigorate Lawrence Halprin’s design as a score for moving bodies. In this booklet, you will find seven dance scores designed by seven community members for seven different locations along the Downtown Mall. The locations chosen for the scores follow two paths: Lawrence Halprin’s original path for the Take Part community workshops, and the path created in the first rendition of A Dance Score for the Downtown Mall in 2013.

(–v–)^ (2013)

images: Jen Cashwell

(–v–)^ was created through a unique collaboration with the Virginia Center for Computer Music, the University of Virginia Dance program and the McIntire Department of Music. Sampling sound through motion and motion back into sound, (–v–)^  postulates and distorts the dynamic relationship between the collective voice and artistic vision.  (–v–)^ was developed by composer Erik Deluca, choreographer Katie Schetlick and members of the Movement Party.

(–v–)^  was presented at the TechnoSonics XIV: Motion concert at the University of Virginia.

Landscape #6: …will set (2013)

images: Whitney Browne

Landscapes beckon our bodies to enter, to forge ahead and simultaneously urge us to step back, to realize perspective. In Landscape #6: …will set  the moving bodies of the performers share time with the other elements that surround them. They disregard the inevitable as such; the disappearance of the sun behind the trees, the drying of their pond soaked clothes, the falling of the pine needles to the ground and instead place their physicality within the dynamic relationships of light, water, wood and sound.

 Landscape #11: with circumstance (2013)

images: Tom Daly

Using the preposition, an expression of spatial and temporal relations, as the impetus for movement and experimentation, Landscape #11: with circumstance ignites the potential of the stage space and invites viewers to do more than simply see. Live microphones lining the front of the stage amplify the lesser heard stories that we often share collectively and kinetically.

Landscape #11: with circumstance was presented at the Helms Theatre as part of the University of Virginia’s Spring Dance Concert.

Landscape #4: …will set (2013)

How might we refigure our perspectives so the inevitable doesn’t simply pass but rather remains a site for contemplation? Developed and constructed at the Ruins of Liberty Hall, Landscape #4:…will set removes, with the help of a Go Pro camera, the dancer’s body from the choreography and leaves the viewer with clips that set the crumbling structure back in motion.

Landscape #4:…will set was commissioned by Washington and Lee University’s Dance Department and presented at Lenfest Center for the Arts.

Landscape #5: No Body Knows (2012)

images: Jack Looney

Landscape #3: No Body Knows (2012)

Presented at 1st annual Fleet Moves Dance Festival 2012.