PROJECT – THROUGH AN APERTURE (Exosphere): Fringe Review 62

Excerpted from a review on thINKingDANCE. Republished by kind permission.

This project consists of six short dance films—three by collaborators Ashley Searles and Wim Winklewagon, and three by Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Company with Carmella Vassor-Johnson. Only the crickets accompany the dancing images, occasionally joined by the blaring beats of passing cars.

project-through-an-aperture-fringeThe films featuring Searles are experimental and utilize time-lapse, making the subject’s movement appear jilted and staccato. Through repetition, the images gradually overlay each other, blurring the lines between each frame. Her limbs become transparent and her red dress smears across the screen. Mulgrew’s films feature more concrete concepts and storylines. “The Kitchen Dance” (2001) evolves out of task-based movement and into a swirling duet between Melissa Bessent and Joseph Cicala. In “Citrus Limon” (2003), the lens focuses on lemons. Words describing the health benefits of citrus flash onto the screen—”cures” “cleanse” “contraceptive.”

“When life gives you lemons, make… a dance film.” Read the full review on [Surface Arts, 966 North American Street] September 12-20, 2014;

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Kalila Kingsford Smith for thINKingDANCE

Philadelphia native Kalila Kingsford Smith is a performer with Dancefusion and Underground Dance Works, a teacher at Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center, a facilitator for Dance4Life Philly, and a choreographer in her spare time. A graduate of University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Cultural Anthropology, Kalila is curious about the ambiguity of experience. Guided by this interest, she completed a thesis entitled Body, Mind, and Frustration: Navigating Dance in the Context of Academia. A passionate advocate of the arts, Kalila’s choreographic process embodies concepts that emerge from multiple artistic practices. She relishes the challenge of creating movement and experiences that are accessible to audiences from a variety of backgrounds. She’s had the recent pleasure of performing with Dianne McIntyre, Peter Sparling, and Javanese choreographer FX Widaryanto. Kalila spends her free time watching film noir and researching the ideas that inspire her obsessions. Visit for pictures, videos, and more.