What Never Was
What Never Was (2020) is a 9 minute work made to honor and reimagine the creative work of Alternative Motion Project’s canceled 9th Season Performance. While this film draws inspiration from the work that never got to see the stage, we did not set out to simply recreate choreography that already existed and put it on camera. We wanted to build a new creation that has its own unique identity.
Produced by Kristin Howe + Joanna Lees
Directed + Edited by Joanna Lees
A message about the work......
Six and a half months ago, the entire world as we had experienced it changed with the COVID19 pandemic - and Alternative Motion Project was no exception. Two weeks before we were to go into the Lab theater for our 9th Season Performance, AMP was forced to cancel our show out of the interest of public health and the safety for our artists. 5 months of rehearsals, work, planning, investment and collaboration never met its culminating moment --- to see the stage nor an audience. Needless to say, we were all heartbroken.
As the pandemic has continued to rage on, dance artists are still facing unique and devastating challenges. For How do we move together w/ physical distancing and other major limitations in a form that is based in the collective physical experience? How and where can dance exist in this pandemic terrain? Needless to say, It’s been a bizarre and, at times, very lonely landscape for all of us to navigate.
We wanted to find a way to honor the artists and the work from the past year in the safest way possible and we were able to achieve this through the creation of a screendance film.
We brought together the choreographers of the show, the dancers, cinematographer V. Paul Virtucio, and lighting designer, Tony Stoeri to collaborate together as we returned to the Lab Theater in July to create and film.
While this film draws inspiration from the work that never got to see the stage, we did not set out to simply recreate choreography that already existed and put it on camera. We wanted to build a new creation that has its own unique identity.
We hope you enjoy the film!
Produced by - Kristin Howe + Joanna Lees
Directed and Edited by - Joanna Lees
Assistant Director - Kristin Howe
Cinematography by - V. Paul Virtucio
Lighting Design by - Tony Stoeri
Movement by - The Performers in collaboration with Kristin Howe, Joanna Lees, Erinn Liebhard, Brenna Mosser
Performed by - Alternative Motion Project: Stephanie Flanagan, Harper Foote, Karin Jarvise, Laura K Johnson, Julia Moser-Hardy, Brenna Mosser, Jesse Schmitz-Boyd, Addie Smith, Bridgett Tegen, Lauren Vanchina
Music Score Composed by Michael Wall
Sound Mixing + Design by - Joanna Lees
Filmed on location at - The Lab Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Special Thanks to
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
The Lab Theater
Mary Kelley Leer
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.