Pinned To The Pine
a dance film

PINNED TO THE PINE investigates the relationship between mind and body, especially when that relationship is compromised by experiences of great affliction. We cannot neglect the bodily awareness necessary for healing. We cannot forget: The body keeps the score.
— Elyse Mertz

Concept, Choreography, Cinematography, and Direction: Elyse Mertz
Music: "Arrival in Nara" by Alt-J.
Performers: Alex Rosenberg, Alex Grina, Megan Amen, Jade Salzano, Shannon Murphy


Angel Food For Thought

Choreography: Chien-Ying Wang, in collaboration with the dancers
Music: From the album "Angel Food for Thought" by Meryn Cadell
Video Direction and Editing: Chien-Ying Wang
Camera Work: Paul C. Ocampo and Chien-Ying Wang
Lighting Design: Joshua Schulman
Costume Design: Cleo Mack
Rehearsal Assistant: Margaret Shue

Performed at DancePlus Spring with the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, USA on December 3rd, 2016.

Performers: Jeeseon Chung, Alexandra Dalli, Kennyth Montes De Oca Mercedes, Jaclyn Priore, Alex Rosenberg, Charlotte Stout, Sharie Taluba, Jenna Zielinski 

Photos courtesy of John Evans.


With Alligators in the Bayou- You Waterski Real Good (1998)

Choreography: Randy James
Assistants to the choreographer: Jada Cunningham, Lindsey Rizkalla, and Alexa Sanniola
Music: "Beast of Burden" and "Ma Tit Fille" by Buckwheat Zydeco
Costume Design: Megan Woods
Lighting Design: Jacqueline Reid

Performed at DancePlus Spring with the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, USA on May 2nd, 2014.

Performers: Anna Gichan, Samantha Lore, Chelsea Rocha, Elias Rosa, Alex Rosenberg, Adriana Santoro, Lindsey Silvera, Helen Snelgrove, Niesha Syphrett, Christina Trautwein, Madison Wiggins, Micayla Wynn

Photos courtesy of Christopher Duggan.


Clover (2014)

Choreography: Meghan Frederick
Costume Design: Cleo Mack
Lighting Design: John Evans

Premiered at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theatre with Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, USA on November 19th, 2014.

Performers: Jacqueline Carelli, Caitlyn Farrell, Lauren Karow, Dominique McDyer, Molly McGrath, Elyze Mertz, Javier Padilla, Jennifer Payan, Kiana Rosa, Alex Rosenberg, Jacqueline Sacco, Madison Wiggins


GRIP (2015)

Choreography: Paul C. Ocampo
Assistant to the choreographer: Deanna Carlucci
Original Music Composition: Robert Benford, with assistance from the musicians:

Robert Benford and Vincent Pierce Smith, percussion;
Brianna Tagliaferro, cello;
Seth Van Embden, viola

Costume Design: Cleo Mack
Lighting Design: John Evans

Premiered at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theatre with the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, USA on April 22nd, 2015.

Performers: Jacqueline Carelli, Mallory Galarza, Lauren Graham, Nia Imani Jackson, Lauren Karow, Hyunjin Kim, Sara Martino, Abraham Meisel, Elyse Mertz, Sean Murphy, Alexis Palasciano, Jaclyn Priore, Shannel Resto, Alex Rosenberg, Christina Trautwein

Photos courtesy of Christopher Duggan.


Hello Hermann Hess (2015)

Choreography: Randy James
Assistant to the Choreographer: Kelley Arney
Music: "In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus," "Tiroler Hozhackerbuam," "Olympia Marsch," "Ambopolka" performed by Platinier Isarspatzen; "Leersten, Ich Dich Grüsse!" by Wolfgang Roth

Costume Design: Meagan Woods
Lighting Design: John Evans
Set Design/Construction: Claudia Barragan, Kasey Knaus, Fiona Malone, Shannon White, Cassandra Zeugin

Premiered at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theatre with the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, USA on April 22nd, 2015.

Performers: Gabriela Alvarado, Shawn Brush, Sara Crayne-Dedrick, MaryAlice Crelin, Caitlyn Farrell, Noelle Giorgi, Spencer Grossman, Turiya Ingram, Emilia Iorillo, Sean Langford, Molly McGrath, Abraham Meisel, Tenacia Morrissey, Sean Murphy, Javier Padilla, David L. Parker, Neal Rodgers, Elias Rosa, Alex Rosenberg, Jacqueline Sacco, Andy Santana, Madison Shalloo, MariaTeresa Volpe, Ashley Yehoda, Yuri Yoo

Photos courtesy of Christopher Duggan.