Choreographer Michael Spencer Phillips to Immediate Environmental Dance Movie in Sedona

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Acclaimed New York Town Choreographer and Fashion Movement Director, Michael Spencer Phillips is building a new web site-specific work, which he will be filming in destinations all over Sedona. Phillips has been a professional dancer for around 22 yrs and has performed with RIOULT Dance NY, Robert Battle of Alvin Ailey, New York City Opera at Lincoln Middle, and Merce Cunningham. He has also created a lot of choreography commissions including parts for Carnegie Hall and the San Francisco Conservatory of Songs. Mr. Phillips also choreographs and directs motion for vogue films and composes bodies in however pictures for editorial publications and brands together with VOGUE and Harper’s Bazaar, SAKS and Zara.

Internet site-Specific Dances: Sedona will be the 2nd of five dance films set versus the vastness of American wilderness landscapes. Sedona’s landscapes, which include the purple rocks and juniper trees, will become backdrops for movement as perfectly as inspiration for movement. Phillips’ staff will be filming in Cathedral Rock, Soldier’s Pass, Birthing Cave, as effectively as Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, and locations at Purple Rock State Park and Slide Rock State Park.

Site-Precise Dances: Sedona’s score is a new composition by Darian Donovan Thomas. Phillips will be working with Arizona-primarily based dancers and partnering with regional businesses Convergence Ballet and the Sedona Chamber Ballet. In his new perform, Phillips is fascinated in checking out the bodily conversation of the dancers with many organic environments and hopes to use the challenge to carry consideration to troubles struggling with our organic landscapes.

“Instead of preparing get the job done for the theatrical stage, this new operate appears to be like to pure landscapes as a collection of web-site-precise levels,” says Phillips.  “We often begin by examining the web site for exclusive features: styles, geometries, slopes, various surface area sights, and levels of cultural and normal histories. Sedona offers us with a fascinating array of characteristics to place into discussion with dance. Exposing the connections concerning a landscape and the dancers who inhabit it is my target in these films. Highlighting the
scale of the human physique relative to the vastness of mother nature reminds the viewer that human beings are just 1 part of the ecosystem and not the centre of it. The conversation amongst the bodies of the dancers and the web pages they will traverse is a refined meditation on the impression of humans on the natural ecosystem, and invites the viewer to ponder our imprint on the earth.”

Phillips and area Arizona dancers will be rehearsing at the Ballet Theatre of Phoenix at the stop of November and filming in Sedona in early December. The film will be introduced in the wintertime of 2021.

The movie is made achievable through the generosity of The TRIP Foundation, ArtBridge of New York, Sedona Reál Inn & Suites, Joseph and Judy Reddington of Sedona, and Winifred Muench of Sedona Chamber Ballet.


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