Sketching Life looks at the process of developing something into a finished work, specifically here in a rehearsal of Elements Ballet’s Artistic Director Mike Gosney’s final work for longtime company dancer Megan Walsh. As Gosney prepares his last ballet featuring Walsh, these intimate moments between choreographer and muse are captured not only on camera by filmmaker Brian VandenBos but (with help from a group of local sketch artists) also on paper.

Created by: Mike Gosney and Brian VandenBos

Cast: Ivan Bruns-Trukhin, Lydia Carpenter, Tiffany McCord, Dani McGowan, Emmanuel Ramirez, Brennen Renteria, Skyler Sward, and Megan Walsh, with sketch artists Natalia Dadasheva, Rodney Dallah, Mary Jo Ernst, Xana Jazmin Juarez, Eric W. Marsten, Adrian Navarro, and Shruti Vijay

World Premiere April 19, 2018 at Elements and Chill, Chicago, IL.

Produced by Elements Ballet and Brian VandenBos. Copyright 2018. All rights reserved.



Elements Ballet's "In the Garden of Atlantis," An Evening of Fashion and Fantasy, Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago, IL. Starring the dancers of Elements Ballet in fashion designs by (in order of appearance) Amara Black, MJ Ernst Couture, and Sky Cubabcub/Rebirth Garments. Featuring artwork by Chloe Feldman Emison and photography by Topher Alexander plus appearances by performing artist ALEXA GRAE. Choreography includes dancer improvisation as well as excerpts from "Atlantis (work-in-progress)" by Mike Gosney, Joseph Caruana, Callie Croom and Tiffany McCord. Lighting by Joshua Paul Weckesser of Bread and Roses Productions. Dancers Lydia Carpenter, Hannah Duncan, April Falcon, Tiffany McCord, Dani McGowan, Emmanuel Ramirez, Brennen Renteria, Skyler Sward, Liz Stillerman, and Megan Walsh. Photo stylist MJ Ernst and make-up designer Erin Hughey. Live performance make-up design by MJ Ernst, Sky Cubabcub, and Amara Black. Videography by Jordan Selander. Video editing by Joseph Caruana. Music: "No Roots" by Singo ft. Kim Greene.


The Circle is a short narrative film by Anna Long and Alexander Perez that follows five individuals who, through coming together, become entangled in a mysterious ritual that appears to awaken a sinister force between them. (Note: The Circle includes some frightening imagery) Choreography: Anna Long Filmography: Alexander Perez Dancers: Daniel Chenoweth, Tiffany McCord, Dani McGowan, Brennen Renteria, and Megan Walsh Produced by Elements Ballet, Anna Long, and Alexander Perez. Copyright 2018 Elements Ballet. All rights reserved.

Montage from Threepieces, May 2017 at the Studebaker Theater, Chicago, IL, featuring Zodiac by Mike Gosney, The Misfortunate Beauty of Joe Danek by James Gregg, and The River by Joseph Caruana.


Elements Ballet's 10th Anniversary Concert, presented Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Studebaker Theater in downtown Chicago, featuring Mike Gosney's "Pathos" and Joseph Caruana's "The Sun King". Video by Jordan Selander.



AYA, An Aerial Ballet, with Aerial Dance Chicago. Choreography by Mike Gosney, Joseph Caruana, Chloe Jensen, and Karen Fisher Doyle. Presented Saturdays, October 10 and 17, 2015 at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre. Video by Jordan Selander.



The dancers and creative teams of Aerial Dance Chicago and Elements Contemporary Ballet on the making of AYA, An Aerial Ballet. Video Directed by Jordan Selander, edited by Yusef Baig, copyright 2015 Elements Contemporary Ballet and Aerial Dance Chicago.


Excerpts from Joseph Caruana's "Angel" at the McCallum Theater Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival 2011. Dancers Joseph Caruana and Megan Walsh.


"The Misfortunate Beauty of Joe Danek". Choreography by James Gregg with music by Chris Garneau. Videography and film editing by Jordan Selander. Performance featuring Tiffany McCord with Liz Stillerman and Megan Walsh at "First Draft" with Winifred Haun and Dancers, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL, February 16-17, 2016.