Elements Ballet presents original short dance films at Elements and Chill: A free one-night dance film festival / by Joseph Caruana


As part of Chicago Dance Month, Elements Ballet will present a free mini film festival featuring new original short dance films by local choreographers and filmmakers. Titled Elements and Chill, the event will take place on Thursday, April 19 at WeWork Kinzie (20 W. Kinzie, 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60654) from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. While there is no cost to attend this event, guests are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance here as space will be limited.

To produce the films, Elements paired five choreographers with five local filmmakers. Each duo was given a modest budget to produce an experimental dance film, approximately 5 minutes in length, that showcases Elements artists and explores the company’s unique movement vocabulary on camera. Participating artistic teams include:

Choreographer | Filmmaker

Mike Gosney & Brian VandenBos

Anna Long & Alexander Perez

Tiffany McCord & Jordan Selander

Callie Croom & Anna Castelaz

Joseph Caruana & Topher Alexander

Four of the five participating choreographers are Elements artists. The fifth, Anna Long, is a Chicago-based choreographer and teacher of the Gaga movement language, developed by Ohad Naharin of the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel. Later this season, she will be setting a new work on the Elements dancers. All five films feature Elements dancers.

“The concept for these films is to see dance on camera, specifically dance that follows Elements’ mission and vision,” explains Joseph Caruana, Executive Director of Elements and a participating choreographer. “Each filmmaker was free to experiment and showcase his or her take on our work, but the artistry of the dancers and choreography are at the core of each film.”

Guests will also enjoy complimentary draft beer, fresh juices and body-nourishing snacks. Staff members from InVision Online School of Psychic Abilities will join Elements on site to offer energy readings themed in growth and vitality.

Elements and Chill is part of the company’s new series of free and low-cost community gatherings, Elemental Events. Featuring stripped-down, improvisational dance and multimedia collaborations in informal spaces, the series aims to engage new audiences and remove barriers to participation. With this series, Elements seeks to present dance through the lens of popular media and other art forms, promoting it as an accessible, vital, and human means of expression.

More information is available at https://www.elementsballet.org/elements-and-chill/