Wednesday, June 22, 2022

2022 Films: Pandemic Survival and Revival

Pandemic Survival and Revival by Catey Ott Thompson
Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 9 minutes
Screening Time: Saturday, Sept 10 at 6:30PM
Experimental/ Dance

This 9 minute film was taken and edited by videographer Christal Wagner and choreographed by Catey Ott Thompson in collaboration with the Catey Ott Dance Collective (CODC) dancers. This film is an imagistic and abstract manifestation of the emotional landscape through the Covid-19 pandemic. The underlying tones and movement investigations include managing and eventually overcoming feelings of isolation, separation, anxiety, petrification, being tethered, and monotony. The original sound score was composed specifically for CODC by Tim Nohe. The dynamic and expressive CODC dancers include Sarah Chomeau, Rebecca Johnson, and Natasha Posey. The choreography clearly highlights the dancers' strong modern technique, physical endurance, emotional expression, as well as their unique interpretations of the atmospheric movement scores created for this piece.

Director Bio:

Catey Ott Thompson (CODC director, choreographer, dancer in MKE) has spent 38 years dancing,15 of which included performing, choreographing, and teaching in NYC. Ott Thompson received a MFA and BFA in Dance from UWM. She studied ballet with Christine Wright in NYC for 10 years. Catey Ott Dance Collective started in Milwaukee in 2005. The collective has performed in NYC at Danspace Project at St, Mark’s Church, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, DNA, Solar One, Dance Conversations at the Flea, White Wave, WAX, Green Space, 92Y, BAX, Hatch at Muller/The Works, UWM, DanceNOW, Panetta Studio, Spoke the Hub, and Gowanus Arts Building. As a professional dancer in NYC (1995-2012,) she performed with Heidi Latsky Dance, Allyson Green Dance, Bill Young and Dancers, Soundance Repertory Company, Gotham Group Dance, Sean Curran Company, Chris Ferris, Molly Rabinowitz, Cora, Holly Twining, Carrie Ahern and a variety of others. She is currently working on her 24th self-production of her own choreography. She has performed with Milwaukee Opera Theater, Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space, DanceCircus, and Milwaukee Dance Theatre in MKE. She currently teaches at Milwaukee Ballet and Marquette University.

Director Statement

CATEY OTT DANCE COLLECTIVE (CODC) is a MKE based professional company that embodies modern/contemporary technique, intriguing qualitative movement, and vulnerable yet fierce emotions. The choreography features realness in relationships and clear intention, all inside of an imaginative dimension. The company dancers often collaborate in the investigation of movement. CODC also embraces interactive relationships with composers and visual artists/set designers.

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