Within that Fire
A documentary film by Ashley Fargnoli and Shawn Convey
In Kolkata, India, survivors of human trafficking and children living on the streets, railway platforms and red-light districts are forming an army of social change advocates. Once themselves victims of human trafficking and violent crimes, they are now helping other survivors come to terms with their often horrifying experiences by using a progressive, but natural form of rehabilitation known as Dance/ Movement Therapy.
The Film Within that Fire showcases acts of courage by ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. It will inspire viewers to look inward at their own dormant potential to right wrongs in real ways--whether in the back alleys of India or in their own backyards, wherever hope has been deterred if not lost altogether.
Premiered at Links Hall in January 2017: Sleeptalk is a collaborative, experimental dance work about sleep talking and our relationship to the unconscious. Developed around actual recordings of sleep talking, it explores the revealing, disturbing, and even humorous things that can surface, translating them through an appropriately dreamlike mix of media.
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Chicago, IL: Choreographed by Ashley Fargnoli and Julie Brannen for the Department of Creative Arts Therapies alumni concert
Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia: 3 Notes is a collaborative dance and video performance directed by Ashley Fargnoli (USA), including 30 dancers from Mostar, Belgrade and Sarajevo. These dancers from 3 cities have created choreography together working at first through video exchanges. They came together for the first time 3 days before the performance in Sarajevo. This process was meant to reflect the true nature and power of dance, one that is non verbal and that transcends all words and boundaries. Performances were also held in Mostar and in Belgrade.
Heart of Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: A site-specific piece choreographed in collaboration with the dancers of Genesis:Sarajevo