A man walks in the woods, his sneakers crunching on the grass. As he steps onto the mud, he rolls his shoulders and punches his throat. After he tugs at his collar, he steps into the river and folds his hands in prayer. He opens his hands in front of his face, searching. He puts his hand over his face and takes baby steps on the water. He rubs his hand over his face.
On the other side, his girlfriend bends down and stomps her foot. She puts her hand to her heart and splashes the water. She flexes her muscles. With one hand, she makes the chatty gestures and chomps at it with her mouth. She puts both hands near her eyes and then puts her hands behind her head. She bends down again and tosses her hair.
They walk towards the center, doing a variation of one another movements. He puts his hand over his face. She puts her hand on the side of her face, worried that he will hurt himself.
Nearly halfway in the middle, they pause. They take cautious steps and mimic screaming. He kneels down, appealing to her. She punches her cheek and rubs it. As he walks closer to her, she covers her eyes with her hands. She spins around and he gives her some space. Then, he tries again while she screams again in his face.
She bends down, her arms out and he stays up. They meet in the middle and she touches his chin. They puff out their cheeks, draw a line over their mouths and then touch their hearts, pointing to one another. He mimics his heart pounding out of his chest. Scared, she puts her arms out, backing away. He walks behind her and puts his arms around her chest and she falls into him. With her hand, she touches his ear. They reverse and she cradles his head in her arms. Holding onto to each other’s ears, they shake their heads, telling each other that they want a relationship.
They splash the water and he hugs her. She puts her hands on his head and they fall into the water.
In the video, every hand gesture and foot movement represents a piece of the conversation or an emotion. It’s detailed to the point that one gaze away to another link and it’s as though an entire series of episodes have been missed.
The couple work their way back to each other with cautious steps (although the boyfriend is far more willing). She, however, is hurt and angry. She splashes the water and yells. He stays back, keeping his gestures calm and even. He lets her vent but realizes she needs to know that she can trust him.
It seems as though she’s going to fall. He steps behind her and catches her. Finally, she relents and lets him in. She tells him she is in love with him and a relationship is what she wants. Then, they just let themselves be and dive under the water for a private moment.
The choreography is a fully realized silent story, packed with emotion and shares more common traits with a traditional ballet. It is the closest one to get to a free performance and could serve a presentation video to pique donors’ interests.
Director: Andrew Donoho Year: 2016