Friday Film Break: GroundWorks DanceTheater in "Pony" by Hannah Garner

On a carpet of pink Easter grass, the silly and the serious grip GroundWorks DanceTheater's dancers in "Pony." Choreographed, written and directed by Hannah Garner, of 2nd Best Dance Company, the 18-minute dance film, says Garner, "is an absurd, nonsensical, useless coping mechanism for the moment... it's about being inflexible but learning to change."

More than that, "Pony" evokes smiles with its whimsy and heart pangs with its emotional honesty.

It was filmed at Ingenuity Cleveland Labs by cinematographer Darby Irrgang with lighting by Dennis Dugan, costumes by Janet Bolick and Garner, and editing by Colleen McLaughlin. It features GroundWorks dancers Runako Campbell, Nicole Hennington, Annie Morgan, Jake Nahor, Channce Williams, along with an eclectic soundtrack ranging from The Boswell Sisters to composer Giovanni Battista Pergolisi.

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Inside one of Interlochen's brand-new dance studios. Courtesy Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen’s New Breathtaking Dance Center Is Ready for Class

After months of practicing in a cramped space at home, young dancers have dreamed of training in a spacious, airy studio. And when the facilities are as resplendent as the brand-new dance center at Michigan's Interlochen Center for the Arts, everyday technique class is to be savored.

The recently renovated and vastly expanded 26,000-square-foot Dance Center at Interlochen is now a world-class facility on par with those of premier conservatories and professional companies. Joseph Morrissey, Interlochen's director of dance, says a lot of careful thought went into the architecture: "This could not just be a building that dance is going to go into. This is a building that is made for dance." To build the best facilities for his students, Morrissey sought out Flansburgh Architects, the group behind the beautiful Perles Family Studio at Jacob's Pillow.

July 2021