Short Film: TURNED TO STONE, 14min,. USA

Directed by Sarah Konner, Austin Selden
A dance horror fairytale. Inside an imaginative queer colorful landscape is space to consider how violent actions are passed from one to another, how different versions of ourselves create our stories, and what natural landscapes may be trying to teach us in post-capitalist worlds. Infatuation with pleasure both leads to depth of experience and connection, but potentially also a loss of connection with the beings and world around us.

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Director Biography – Sarah Konner, Austin Selden

Sarah Konner and Austin Selden are Brooklyn-based dance artists interested in bringing dance into non-traditional spaces. They have been creating dance-theater performance together since 2007. Their work and friendship are intertwined and the dances they make stem from their history together. Sarah and Austin have shown their work at the Detroit Institute of Art, Danspace Project, the Dance Complex, Arthur Miller Theater, Berkshire Fringe Festival, FLICfest, Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, Triskelion Arts, AWARD Show! Philadelphia, and the Kennedy Center. Sarah teaches Contact Improvisation and has recently worked with ChavasseDance&Performance, Shura Baryshnikov, Kendell Geers, and setGo Performance. She is a current MFA candidate at Smith College; holds a BFA in Dance and a BS in Environmental Science from the University of MI; and is certified in Yoga, Pilates, and Body-Mind Centering®. Austin holds a BFA in Dance from the University of MI, a certification in Pilates, and is a Licensed Massage Therapist He worked with Shen Wei Dance Arts from 2011-2017 and currently works with Mimi Garrard.

Director Statement

Our personal lives are woven in with our creative process. Our friendship is deeply rooted in our dance-making and the dances we make come from stories of family, love life, artistic influences, early memories, nightmares, and the wisdom inherent within bodies. We consider the body as a whole, physical, emotional, and social entity, rather than as an isolated abstracted image. We want to treat ourselves, each other, and our collaborators well, in our communication and physicality. Our current and recent works orient around urban tensions, gender, and the ways our culture presents love. We look to unconventional forms of intimacy between humans and between humans and the more-than-human world to consider how embodied collaboration might help lead us toward liveable multispecies futures.

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