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Project Summary – Hannah Straney returned to Little Falls with Retrograde Studios this Fall 2023 to embark on another project. This time, they have collaborated with world-renowned dancer Asha Benjelloun, Emmy award-winning producer Joe Hill, and accomplished creative directors Baylie and McCall Olsen out of LA.

Straney aims to raise $5,000 for the fall project in Little Falls. “While we partner with Huron Studios in Brooklyn, NY, we hope to gather additional support from within Little Falls. All donations will be greatly appreciated,” she stated.

Project Artists – Hannah Straney, Asha Benjelloun, Joe Hill, Baylie, and McCall Olsen.

Community Partners/Donars – The Creative Outpost, Zeman-Vdoviak Family, Linda Vincent, Megan Heller.

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Megan Heller

Hannah, my parents, Bert and Marilyn Andresen were your neighbors! We now live in Sarasota, FL near each other. My sisters and I graduated from LFHS. Your projects are beautiful and meaningful, and we all wish you the best!

Vacsora Parti

Project Summary – Vacsora Parti is a dance film that follows two dancers and a jazz musician as they work on an elegant, yet eerie dinner party. The short narrative film explores the disappearance of the arts throughout the pandemic and examines the space left by the loss of cultural events, such as dinner parties, banquets, live music, and performance. The film aspires to ignite hope for a future that values arts, culture, and entertainment.

Project Artists – Hannah Straney, Elizabeth Szendrody, Szesco Szendrody, Jake Kruty, Garrett Parker, Dan Maddalone

Community Partners – Nancy Ellen Long, Charles T. Straney, The Creative Outpost, Five Points Public House

ACT 1: ICU

Project Summary – ACT 1: ICU is an excerpt of a longer film that explores the loss of different senses through site-specific dances. ICU follows two dancers as they explore a foreign space without the sense of sight.  The film is a collaboration between the dancers and videographers, who have separately taken on the task of conveying the absence of a sense. Together, the artists are investigating awareness, perception, disorientation, and reality through the exploration of foreign spaces.

Project Artists – Jacob Kruty, Garrett Parker, Quaba Venza Ernest, Hannah Straney

Community Partners – The Creative Outpost, The Little Falls Youth and Family Center, Just Dance Studio, Utica Dance, Mark Regan, and David Casullo.

Awards – It has been selected for the 2023 ADF’s Movies by Movers Film Festival as one of 15 films presented during its online showcase. It was also chosen for the 2023 DANCE CAMERA ISTANBUL- Impro Dance Fest.

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