Dorothy wrote, directed, and edited her first film, Prelude, in the summer of 2015.
Prelude is a story of a dancer preparing for an audition, battling pressure and self-doubt. Inspired by the documentary Pina, (about the legendary dance maker Pina Bausch) and the dance films of Pontus Lidberg, this is Dorothy’s first foray into filmmaking. In contrast to classical ballet, the stories in this genre of film will not be told with abstract and formal dance steps, but with body language and natural human movement. Shared with classical ballet is the musicality - movement in the film is coordinated with the score, both physically and thematically.
Prelude was written in a day and shot in 10 hours as part of a Film Production Workshop at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Radio-Television-Film. She is currently working to obtain music rights so it can be submitted to festivals. Please get in touch if you are interested in viewing the 7-minute film.
Dorothy's interest in filmmaking began on November 30th, 2012, as she was attending a concert of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring given by the Austin Symphony Orchestra in Austin, Texas. In the months before that time, she was influenced by the film Pina, as well as the mainstream silent film The Artist and Pontus Lidberg’s dance film The (Labyrinth) Within, performed alongside live dance performance at the Joyce Theater in New York.
Absorbed in this concert, reflecting on the parallels between Rite of Spring and her personal life experience, a story appeared in her mind, complete with music, visuals, choreographic ideas.
This revelation was an exciting answer to the question of how to integrate Dorothy's varied skill sets as a dancer, musician, visual artist, actor, and teacher.
With the intention of gaining experience and expertise in this medium, Dorothy is currently developing Crone, a short film that explores the origin story of a main character from her larger project. She has received funding from the City of Austin Cultural Division and will be launching a crowd-funding effort in Spring of 2017.
Photographs by Josiane Amezcua from the set of Prelude