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"Occurrence (Schaefer St)"... a movement series

This month I've worked with Anthony Rosado, a Brooklyn based performance artist/choreographer on a new series with photo/video content called "Occurrence". The idea is to take desolate, but visually striking and thematically dense spaces and capture moments of free form and dance inspired movement.

A moment of controlled flight during Occurrence. ©Melanie Gonzalez

A moment of controlled flight during Occurrence. ©Melanie Gonzalez

Portrait of Anthony Rosado at the start of our shoot.  ©Melanie Gonzalez

Portrait of Anthony Rosado at the start of our shoot.  ©Melanie Gonzalez

Not deriving from a trained dance background but a theater/film/photo one, it's an interesting experience what a person using technical tools of expression (me) and one using solely the physical and inner self (Anthony) creates when put in a space together. For projects like these I like the idea of using subjects that are totally comfortable, trained, and instinctual when it comes to moving their bodies in a barren, urban space (like my Flight on Castle Hill series). The platform a space like this part of Schaefer St becomes is impactful. Throughout the shooting process I would pause and give specific directions and tell him to portray a certain feeling, or interact with the space in a certain way.

Rosado on Occurrence: "This first presentation of our Occurrence series
allowed me to inhabit this nostalgic part of Brooklyn. In essence, the more I got dirty the more I felt cleansed. Trusting my body and instincts, I spun as fast as my momentum could allow; fell without fear of pain; climbed without hesitation." 

All of the pictures from this shoot can be seen right here.

Get to know Anthony and his works/current happenings.