RAREdancework is a dance collective and non-profit organization that creates conversations about the world we live in, relying upon physical movement to sustain a dialogue about how we understand human experiences individually, collectively, and historically through performances, collaboration and educational programming. Based in New York City, the collective has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Barnes Foundation, Dixon Place, The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Constellation-Chicago. Working with text, mixed media, live music and abstract narratives, RAREdancework creates unique, textured performance experiences.
SHORT DANCE FILM
Our short dance film, Prohairesis, has grown out of the ideas of Stoic philosopher Epictetus’ term of the same name surrounding the faculty of choice. Imogen Holst’s Phantasy Quartet, brought to life by the musicians of Red Riding Hood String Quartet, supports the dancers of RAREdancework located in the United States, Canada, Germany and Greece.
The film—a montage of the dancers and the Chicago-based musicians—captures the varied perspectives of the artists, commenting on notions of space, time, direction, environment, and connection. Prohairesis demonstrates that our destinies and futures are not fixed, and that choice is not an illusion. Reason, beauty, and love make us irrefutably human, and reminds us that the cosmos is pregnant with possibilities awaiting our decisions.
Rebecca Arends is the creative director and choreographer, as well as a dancer and co-producer. Nora Williams is a producer and musician. The film is slated to be released in 2023.
We are honored to be the recipients of grants from both the Musicians Club of Women (MCW) and The Cliff Dwellers Foundation in addition to being recipients of generous donations from private contributors. The finished film will be distributed globally to educational institutions, museums, galleries, and short film festivals, as well as to MCW and Cliff Dwellers members.
Prohairesis (Ancient Greek: προαίρεσις; variously translated as "moral character", "will", "volition", "choice", "intention", or "moral choice") is a fundamental concept in the Stoic philosophy of Epictetus. It represents the choice involved in giving or withholding assent to impressions (phantasiai). The use of this Greek word was first introduced into philosophy by Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics. To Epictetus, it is the faculty that distinguishes human beings from all other creatures. Read more on Wikipedia.
Epictetus born c. AD 50; died c. AD 135
Imogen Holst b. April 12, 1907, d. March 9, 1984
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Mary Kate Sheehan
Director of Photography JULIA C. LIU
Camera Operator (NJ) KEITH HEYWARD
Cinematographer (Berlin) PETER REINBOTHE
Cinematographer (Athens) CHRYSANTHI BADEKA
Cinematographer (Montréal) JONATHAN BRISEBOIS
Cinematographer (Chicago) ALEX BRESCANU
Film Editing (London) MARK WEATHERSMA
MANY THANKS TO OUR PROHAIRESIS DONORS:
DON & ANN JENKINS
HARRY & GWEN MIRIJANIAN
LARRY K. SNIDER
MOLLY & TARRE HAYES
D.R. ARENDS FAMILY
KATIE & KEVIN BENNETT
MARY ANN CARLSON
ROBERT W. ARENDS
DR. STEPHEN MALAMUD
GIFTS IN MEMORIUM:
KAY and TOM WILLIAMS
THE UNWRITTEN LAW
"The pure pleasure of the language, the dancing, and the music add up to 65 minutes of the most powerful theater I've ever witnessed." -BROADWAY WORLD
"Passionate, difficult and engrossing, The Unwritten Law is a searing depiction of triumph over adversity." -THEATER SCENE
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