Sarah Prinz is a Chicago-based dancer, choreographer, and dance filmmaker exploring interdisciplinary work. She is currently a Film and Digital Media Production major and Dance minor at Loyola University Chicago studying the convergence of the two mediums with Professor Amy Wilkinson.
Having a few years of dance filmmaking under her belt, Sarah is now interested in expanding this medium to more dancers and non-dancers. She is interested in manifesting and nurturing a digital dance ensemble as a means for creating community of diverse populations uniquely redefined through The Virtual Dance Ensemble—ViDEo Project. Although the participants will vary in race, gender, movement ability, sexual orientation, geographical location, and cultural tradition, they will, for the first time, share the body and movement of another in celebration of the world’s one common denominator: movement. Sarah's aim for the Virtual Dance Ensemble -- ViDEo Project is to bring attention to the vast opportunities dance film opens up to its performers and creators.
For more information on Sarah's professional dance background, check out her website.
Amy M. Wilkinson holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago where she is currently a full-time lecturer and where she was recently nominated by the student body as one of eight finalists for Faculty Member of the Year for her commitment to instruction, student development, and innovative programming. She is also the Artistic Director of the After School Matters Dance Ensemble, a summer apprenticeship program that provides arts training for Chicago Public High School students.
Wilkinson is now in collaboration with Sarah Prinz to explore the possibilities of manifesting a virtual dance ensemble. Inspired by Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, she is interested in the building of one body with many--dancers and non-dancers alike. The ultimate research mission is to create and nurture a digital community of dance and non-dance artists collaborating on a multi-layered digital media performance piece, challenge the boundaries of contemporary dance film as an emerging medium of practice-based research, and educate dance film as a qualifiable medium of scholarly research.
For more on Amy's professional dance background, check out her website.
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