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ABOUT THE FILM

SubRosa Dance Collective, Dylan Wilbur Media, and Design By Goats have come together in creative collaboration with musicians, cinematographers, and artists for a creative melding that is to become this 30 minute dance film. The theme of this project came from SubRosa in 2013 when they told their personal stories through original choreography on a stage in-the-round. Our small team has since trimmed and crafted what was once meant for stage into a cohesive narrative ready for screen before our director, director of photography, and their professional film equipment capture the stories in a way an audience could not experience in a live theater setting. The final step was for 7 local musicians/composers to do something different in the dance world: score their own music over existing choreography. As we bring all the pieces together we look forward to submitting this film to festivals around the world and as well as hosting a local showing here in Portland.

 

 

The story: This film is a collection of personal and inherently human stories. It begins with an empty 103-year-old house. Six tidy rooms are distinctly empty except for their echoes of life. When the camera settles in the living room the first chapter unfolds; a sextet, a quartet, a trio, two duets, and two solos take place in the living room, bedroom, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and foyer to bestir some stories of this house and its people.

Humans as individuals often get stuck in routine without realization – just as each of the women in this film continue on with their cyclical processes. Sometimes outside forces and relationships can push / pull a person to new places and experiences, but the home, as a place of comfort, ownership, and things, often perpetuates routine. As such, during the film all sense of chronology takes a surreal effect: day and night are switched and order-less, dances will often happen in the background of other pieces, dancers to be in two places at once, and phrases and props are often recurring causing a disconnect to time. Perhaps all of the dances are occurring simultaneously. Perhaps the story is an endless loop.

With this film we are able to capture emotions and details that are easily missed from stage. Also unlike live performance, film can be shared easily and find its way into homes across the world to inspire any young dancer, artist, or musician; any brother, sister, child, parent, lover or friend; and because dance is a universal language it can be understood by everyone.

MEET THE COLLABORATORS

SubRosa Dance Collective

SubRosa Dance Collective

Choreographers/Dancers

Peddecord Photo

Peddecord Photo

Co-Producer

Design By Goats

Design By Goats

Producers

Duke Stebbins

Duke Stebbins

Music Director

Dylan Wilbur Media

Dylan Wilbur Media

Director/Editor

Patrick Blevins

Patrick Blevins

Director of Photography

MEET THE ROSIES

Lena Traenkenschuh

comes from Washington’s faint & quaint Quimper Peninsula. With the ache of the sea and German in her blood [Traenkenschuh =Drinking Boot!], Lena was destined to be a curator of both Whim & WHAM!- a duality seen in Lena’s education with a BS in Exercise/Sport Science, a BFA in Dance from Western Washington University, and most recently an education & licensing in the Massage & Bodywork field.

These days Lena’s story can be peered into, as her golden 1983 Benz holds a microcosm of her life: Bodywork texts, worn dance shoes & socks, crocheted paraphernalia, concert ticket stubs, & a soundtrack that inspires her to cruz & move from that place in her where the aching sea and the keen blood churn out her empowered life.

Recently, Lena has been dancing not only with SubRosa, but also with WolfBird Dance & Portland dance veteran Tere Mathern. Travel, on all levels of consciousness, is on the horizon, but for today Lena is sufficiently spinning her web of art & science throughout Portland, over the bittersüß bridges & Sub the Rose.

Lena Traenkenschuh

Choreographer/Dancer, SubRosa Dance Collective | Wolf Bird | Tere Mathern

Zahra Banzi

was destined to be a creature of allure with her roots in Madrid, her half-Moroccan blood, & her general propensity for being a walking work of art. Upon her return to the Northwest from CalArts, her BFA in Dance on the dash of her beloved ol’ Volvo, Zahra set the Portland dance scene afire dancing with numerous choreographers, in numerous festivals, Co-Directing Friendly Pheromones as well as SubRosa Dance, sharing the stage with her family’s band the Al Andalus Ensemble, & teaching classes throughout the city.

Zahra often wears her hair in a delicious bun, her dresses artfully, & with endless generosity shares her kind and magnetic spirit through dance & personal connection. Currently, Zahra lives in Berlin where she is dancing and riding la vie Boheme. Wherever she finds herself, she is certain to be casting a wondrous web of sensory splendor.

Zahra Banzi

Choreographer/Dancer, SubRosa Dance Collective | Freelance Dancer in Berlin

Kailee McMurran

spent her first years in Alaska, the last frontier as it were, as a pint-sized pixie with booty-long locks whose happy place was being in a handstand. After training & competing as a gymnast for 11 years, Kailee switched to ballet full-time until the proper Northwest beckoned & she ventured to Oregon.

She holds a degree in Graphic Design from Western Oregon University[’10] where she also danced nationally & internationally as a Principle with Rainbow Dance Theatre under the co-direction of former Pilobolus dancer Darryl Thomas & former Merce Cunningham dancer Valerie Bergman.

These days she is not only dancing with SubRosa, but also molding young spirits doing acrobatic school shows with Do Jump!, and touring with RDT. Oh, & did we mention that she is the leading lady of her design firm Design by Goats? Yeah! This is where she does a galactically magical mixture of graphic design, photography, video producing/editing, & web design. Often upside down. Where she is happiest.

Kailee McMurran

Producer/Choreographer/Dancer, SubRosa Dance Collective | Design By Goats | Do Jump!

Jess Evans

came of age in the mist & wind of the Southern Oregon Coast, where she began dancing with Mary Bonasera Matthews at the age of 14. With curls splaying, Jess danced throughout high school, & despite her relatively late start, earned a reputation for being a born performer & an intuitive, graceful mover.  She moved inland to attend Western Oregon University, studying dance and creative writing & landed a principle role dancing nationally & internationally with resident company Rainbow Dance Theatre under the co-direction of former Pilobolus dancer Darryl Thomas & former Merce Cunningham dancer Valerie Bergman.

Jess came to Portland in 2011, only slightly conscious that her life was going to change in ways that would remind her spirit of what it is the be alive with Love and to have faith in the Greater Yes. She fills these brimming days tending to her Bodywork & Energy Therapy career, drying her hair by biking, facing herself by hiking & climbing with her Love, spinning Chakras & mobilizing Qi, dancing dancing dancing, & digging in deep to the colorful earth of wellness & wild freedom.

Jess Evans

Choreographer/Dancer, SubRosa Dance Collective | Jess Evans Bodyworks

Tia Zapp-Palomino

how can you NOT be a dancing/tumbling/maneuvering tour de force with a name like that? At her parent’s gym in Colorado, Tia was balancing on beams & loving the stage from age 3 on up. After high school, she left her closet full of velvet unitards and off-the-shoulder apparel for an off-the-grid gig entertaining sunburnt & sloshed Royal Caribbean Cruise Line guests. Finally, Tia moved out to Portland where she has left her glistening sweat-mark on multitudes of stages, trapezes, trampolines, & swooning hearts.

It is safe to say that Tia is in high demand as an entertainer and instructor these days.  She is the School Director for Polaris Dance Theater, teaches physical theatre, trapeze, & acrobats, and helps bring SubRosa’s works to a level of technical prowess & rich artistry.

Tia Zapp Palomino

Dancer, SubRosa Dance Collective | Polaris Dance | Do Jump!

Carlyn Hudson

Carlyn Hudson hails from Nyack, NY. A daughter of a dancer & a visual artist/woodworker, Carlyn transitioned mid-upbringing from earning her Black Sash in karate to being a dancer. She earned her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase (2008) & danced with Connecticut Ballet before breaking from the east coast swarm, letting loose her flock of dreams, & following them to The Rose City.

Carlyn’s level of dedication to dancing & dance-making cannot be overstated.  One can see the desire trembling inside of her, frequently overflowing into the form of a Dance. She is prolific and bursting, & while her dance technique is rooted gorgeously in Ballet, her work breathes into this world in all manners of the peculiar, the curious, the whacky, the ironic, as well as with aching prettiness and sweet honesty.

When the jet stream is smooth & dreamy, Carlyn choreographs.  When the head winds oppress, Carlyn choreographs.  Whether her inspirations come from the sweet or the sad, Carlyn moves from that place, creating an ode to her life & times that renders her courageously vulnerable & undoubtedly heard.  Listen for this impassioned voice, & you will not be disappointed.

Carlyn Hudson

Choreographer/Dancer, SubRosa Dance Collective

PHOTOS FROM THE SHOOT

DONORS & SUPPORTERS!

JENESSA RAABE • MISSY & GRANVILLE • MARYLOU STEBBINS • LATOYA SHANTIA LOVELY • KATELYN WYATT • GANDALF THE WHITE • PAUL BRADDOCK • JOHN & LEASEIA MCMURRAN • M. TADASHI HAVEY • DONNA M. HUDSON • VICKIE ESTABROOK-EVANS • FRANKY STEBBINS • CERRIN LATHROP • SKYLOR POWELL • KATHLEEN HANSEN • THIRTY CIRCLES • GABE WEISS • ALEX PEYTON – LEVINE • MARIE MCMURRAN • CHRISTOPHER PEDDECORD • ALASKA WAGONER • TONY G. ZAPPAMINO • OLIVIA MIA OROZCO • KATE & JEREMY STINSON • PRESTON RENCHER • ALANA SANCHEZ • THACHER & KATE • BETHANY SMALL • SARAH DAVISON • MEGAN CORNELIUS • LAUREN M. WHITEBREAD • ALEXANDRIA BECKER-BLACK • POLARIS DANCE CENTER • JOSÉ MONTALVO • NICHOLAS CROFT • JIM & PEGGY GILBERT • JAMES TURNBULL • SAMANTHA BEASLEY • BARBARA H ROBERTS, MD • NECESSITY ARTS COLLECTIVE • PORTLAND HEALING SPACE • MISSISSIPPI CHIROPRACTIC • JEFFREY SELESKO GOLDBLATT • KRISTIN, EMMA AND SVEA SMITH • MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS • PORTLAND COLUMBIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • AMY LEHMAN & RICHARD GRESSLE • KELLY & LEONARD TRAENKENSCHUH • KATHERINE LEIS, TAYLOR GRANDY, & SHELBY GRANDY • FOOTLOOSE DANCE STUDIO OKINAWA, JAPAN • CEDAR & MOSS • TERE MATHERN • EMILY GOWN • MOCK • PAT KOHAN • EILEEN MARIE • MILLS FAMILY • JENNA MOSER • BERNIE MIGLER • KATE DIEBELS • JANE STEBBINS • BETSY LIPES • TEUS KAPPEN • MIKE JOHNSTON • STACY EVANS • EMILY CROCKER • SONDRA HOLT • THE BELLS • RON SPENCER • JACK LENEHAN • DESIGN BY GOATS • AMBER BEYER • MISS DELTA • TYLER • NINKASI • KYLE MESSING • JOHN S. JAMES • STUMPTOWN • LOVEEARCANDY • KRISTA KREBS • TODD TSCHIDA • LEE MARTIN • JOCELYN FONG • DESSA BINGLEY • AMY POMBO • JAMES MAPES • CORY JONES • EDGAR BADUA • HANK SMXXX • MATT HUDSON • SIMON SINEK