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Direction and Editing: Janessa Clark
Choreography: Janessa Clark in collaboration with the dancers
Cinematography and Performance: Jasmine Fitch, Taylor Jeffries, Stephanie Moyers, Lily O'Hara
Music Composition: David Shane Smith
Alchemy is a dance film featuring dancers from Old Dominion University's Dance Program. Artist Janessa Clark embarked on a virtual residency with the dancers in which they explored choreography, compositional tools and the cinematic practices related to Clark's video art piece Communion during the fall 2020 semester. Created during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Alchemy explores the dancers' complex emotions and experiences over eight months of social distancing, isolation, and disruption to daily life. Motivated by a desire to dance together in the same 'space', the film brings the dancers closer than they can be in real life so they may perform for one final time in 2020.