Company D (2023)

Documentary - Feature

Duration: 90 mins

Location: Washington, DC

Company D reveals the behind-the-scenes and performance of Dissonance Dance Theatre’s early-COVID production, Diaspora, intertwined with shedding light on the cultural adversity, racial dissension, COVID realities, and economical and personal strife endured against all odds, to create a home for Black classical and contemporary dancers and their supporters in Washington, DC.

Mute: Dance Silenced by COVID (2021)

Documentary - Short Film
Duration: 18 mins
Location: United States of America, Brazil
Showing: Film Festivals 2021/Streaming Fall 2021

Mute: Dance Silenced By COVID is a short documentary of six US dancers and their experiences within the initial months of  COVID. A “light on the other end of the tunnel” story, Mute: Dance Silenced By COVID also speaks on personal reactions to George Floyd’s murder, artist unemployment, new hopes, and creativity.

Director’s Note:
As the world begins to wake from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to be reminded of the joys that kept us going – the arts. The arts laid dark for many months, casting a sector of people from their livelihoods. Mute: Dance Silenced By COVID gives voice to dancers across regions and conversations, as they tell stories of simple life and complex reality. Dance is not solely esoteric, but a digestible and essential part of every culture. This film provides a COVID “time capsule”, one that shares the thoughts of an over-giving (but often undervalued) group of expressive human beings.  

His Eyes Saw Dance (2020)

DocuDrama Series
Duration: 18 - 48 mins Episodes
Location: Washington, DC, Philadelphia
Showing: Film Festivals 2020/Streaming Fall 2021

Award-winning Black choreographer and visionary Shawn Short, navigates the white-dominated world of DC dance. His Eyes Saw Dance is a docudrama series that gives light to the behind-the-scenes of Dissonance Dance Theatre, and The Ngoma School (it’s professional school) as Shawn strives to keeps professional Black dance alive as he operates the only contemporary ballet between NYC and ATL.