UNCSA premieres two dance films choreographed for drone

Faculty member Ashley Lindsey and student Yu Yao Sutherland developed “Volant Make a difference” and “Zephyr,” 1st-ever functions to be filmed by drone at UNCSA.

The University of Dance at the College of North Carolina University of the Arts (UNCSA) has premiered two
quick dance movies online, choreographed by school member and alumnus Ashley Lindsey and senior ballet college student Yu Yao Sutherland, shot outdoors using a drone. “Volant Make a difference,” by Lindsey, is a modern day operate that includes 11 senior contemporary dance college students
Zephyr,” by Sutherland, is a classical ballet work that includes two high faculty and two undergraduate
ballet students.

The operates have been conceived particularly to be filmed by drone with 360-degree footage
of the dancers, and they are the initially dance films to be shot by drone at UNCSA.

Volant Issue” is established around the legendary sculpture regarded as the “Elephants” on the UNCSA campus.
Intended by former UNCSA visual arts instructor Robert Costelloe and focused in
1971, the sculpture was in actuality inspired by hippopotamuses he experienced witnessed in Africa.
It has since develop into a beloved accumulating location for college students. The movie was highlighted
as Dance magazine’s “Friday Film Split” on April 1.

Zephyr” was filmed on the tennis courts around UNCSA at Salem Academy and School, a school
for gals established by Moravian settlers, which celebrates its 250th anniversary in

Lindsey described the title of his do the job declaring, “’Volant’ signifies traveling or able
of flying, which encompassed the flight-like cinematography and in general aerial really feel
of the film. And ‘Matter’ represents the dancers as the Earth and their collective
electrical power and energy.”

Complete sections of the perform, which examine various methods to move with and from
the sculpture, are based mostly on improvisation duties, Lindsey explained.

​On generating choreography for drone, Lindsey claimed, “The problem is understanding that
the digicam is also a dancer in a perception. And in contrast to developing for the phase, the digital camera
captures the movement in a 360-degree perspective. The digital camera also permits the viewer to see
a a lot closer look at, so further than the dancing, it really is about the focus and intention of the
dancers simply because the digital camera picked up on the compact details.”

He continued, “These are sights that are frequently skipped in the theater. Facial expressions
and feelings were as important as the choreography.”

Through my procedure I was normally considering about what it would appear like from the standpoint
of the drone. I was actually interested in patterns and how different shapes could be
formed and considered from a length.

Yu Yao Sutherland

“Zephyr” indicates “a relaxed and mild wind.” Sutherland selected it to reference the lovely
climate on the working day of the filming, in spite of dire forecasts. She choreographed the function
holding the filming process in mind, explaining: “During my process I was generally contemplating
about what it would glance like from the perspective of the drone. I was genuinely intrigued
in patterns and how unique styles could be formed and considered from a distance.”
As for the tennis courts, Sutherland additional, “I assumed the distinction in between the dancers
forming designs even though the choreography as they danced on something that had a visible
sample would insert a pleasant layer to the piece.”

She continued, “One of the factors that I like about ballet and dance in typical is
the unique designs. No matter whether that be the movements in choreography, or the spacing
the dancers variety on the stage, those people styles hold true no issue what angle you are
viewing the piece from. I cherished that I was ready to show the patterns and formation
of the choreography from distinctive angles that you wouldn’t generally see from simply just
viewing the piece from head on.”

Director/cinematographer Adam Witmer discussed how the drone permitted for improved
storytelling. “Shooting these is effective by drone allowed us to attract out themes and strategies
in unique methods. By switching amongst a bird’s eye vantage and 1 that is very low to
the floor we had been able to assist illustrate the motif of duality in “Volant Make a difference,”
exactly where dancers appear capable of flight even though also remaining bound to the earth. That
theme and the conflict among the two is what drives the tale arc of the movie.”

He ongoing, “In Zephyr, the uniformity of the tennis courts allowed for the dancers’
shadows to turn into more stars of the film. I identified the kinds and dimension they
articulated mesmerizing. We ended up centered on producing a temper that emphasized that desire-like
high quality.”

These dance films be a part of some others created in the course of and considering that the pandemic at UNCSA, these
as “Waiting in the Wings,” choreographed by Larry Keigwin “Pretender,” choreographed by faculty member Kira Blazek-Ziaii “By yourself Alongside one another” and “Pink Place,” collaborations with the School of Filmmaking as properly as the unforgettable “Swan Lake Cancelled,” developed by alumnus Garen Scribner (B.F.A. Dance ’03) and Danielle Rowe.

Credits for “Volant Matter”

Ashley Lindsey (B.F.A. Dance ’07), choreographer Adam Witmer (B.F.A. Filmmaking ’16),
director/cinematographer Joe Linford (B.F.A. Filmmaking ’20), editor. Dancers are
senior contemporary students Kendall Ramirez, Kerry Sheehan, Religion Fidgeon, Sive Egan-Djurovic,
Elizabeth Iwasko, Josie Moore, Shelby Coon, Taylor Pinney, Julia Shoffner, Sydney
Truitt and Ethan Digby-New.

Credits for “Zephyr”

Yu Yao Sutherland (B.F.A. ’22), choreographer Abigail Herron (B.F.A. ’22), rehearsal
assistant Adam Witmer, director/cinematographer Joe Linford, editor. Dancers are
Rebekah Fedele (B.F.A. ’22), Natalie Taylor (H.S. ’23), Eleanor Faub (H.S. ’23) and
Tess Cogley (B.F.A. ’25).

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