I hope that you will follow this blog to stay connected to the project- I will share updates and process here along the way. I am excited about the next chapter of this story and eager to see how it will develop and take shape!

I hope that you will follow this blog to stay connected to the project- I will share updates and process here along the way. I am excited about the next chapter of this story and eager to see how it will develop and take shape!

about the loneliest part of here is now

We begin again and again… until we return to the beginning:
I didn’t cry
I just sighed heavily and began to breathe.
I was ready because I knew that all beginnings are endings.

the loneliest part of here is now is an immersive dance film experience which explores the dichotomic nature of desire for human connection and an endless struggle with self. It is a biomythographical assortment of abstracted memories embodied by a collection of women - connected yet alone. Through a synthesizing of our own lived histories to the greater collective memory, and a deconstruction of the collective memory to manifest story as individuals, the loneliest part of here is now is a magical reinvention and retelling of the self through connectivity with others.

The first phase of the loneliest part of here is now has taken shape as a 30-minute dance film. This work has already been shared in the Bay Area (Process Dance Festival) and San Diego (40 North Dance Film Festival) in an immersive format. I will continue to present at film festivals in 2018... But that isn't the end of this project. My vision for the loneliest part of here is now still has room to grow and I am excited by how this work continues to inspire me.

Phase two: With the support of community, we just concluded a Kickstarter campaign that garnered $5,000 in funding that will be used to develop a live performance component of the loneliest part of here is now. These new dances will be presented in Mexico and San Diego in spring 2018. The dances will be three live performance sections; short dance solos developed using the same process and premise as the solos in the film. These performed sections will live side-by-side with the filmed components to further cultivate the experiential nature of the work. With the film, I was curious as to how the medium could enrich and shift the meaning-making experience of the dances. With the live sections, I am eager to explore the ways in which these performed expressions can re-activate the kinesthetic connection that is unique to live dancing humans.

Project Collaborators
Sound Score: Geminelle Rollins
Film Dancers: Sarah Clark & Tenaya June, Sarah Navarrete, Sarah Larson, Sandra Ruiz
Live Dancers: Desiree Cuizon-Fejeran, Chelsea Zeffiro, Zaquia Mahler Salinas
Immersive Installation Collaboration: Trystan Loucado & Zaquia Mahler Salinas
Direction, Filming & Editing: Zaquia Mahler Salinas (special thanks to Cory Ring)