Some Captures from Project Mariposa

by Lindsay Schaefer

AIU’s Project Mariposa has wrapped with its filming and now post work is in the finishing up stages.  Round #1 of edits and review came in yesterday and after a day of deep reflection and relooking at files from our filming in early Spring we are fine tuning in the editing room to give our audience the best art possible with our work in dance and film.  

I always find with each project and with every artist that comes into the pile of AIU there are truly new discoveries as an Artistic Director.  We have accomplished so much with Project Mariposa so far from bringing a new cinematographer and artist into  the mix  Angelo Vasta.  To going with a more traditional stage/concert dance idea with music and using classical music with an opera twist for Mariposa.  I guess, my classical days are coming back pretty strong as we wrap with Project Mariposa.  I can honestly say I even had thoughts of finding a way to bring this choreo to the stage to set on professionals in dance.  The choreo is saying so much through film.  But, now my heart almost wants to see the film being placed behind dancers on stage with projection of the film behind them.  I am only seeing six dancers working the choreography for stage.  And yes, this whole idea came to me in a night vision as the next day I awoke to an email that was asking me to come and stage some of my work at a Charter Arts Performing High School outside of NYC.  We shall see what this next year brings and if the returning to stage with an AIU film in hand will happen.  I always say it is best to keep every door as an artist open.

I am blessed with many diversified talents from being a dancer, yogi, to a choreographer, to a director, producer, writer, and truly what defines me the best is Artist.  I am the artist that continues to grow each and everyday that a project, a collaborator, a student, or life situations come before me.  I am inspired to always dig deep and to push the boundaries to places I never have gone before.  That is what Project Mariposa was all about.  It was placing the trust in a small space.  It was placing the trust in another and new collaborator.  It was placing the trust that I would find the budget and the drive to make this project push through till the end.  The inspiration from Project Mariposa I will share with you all in some beautiful stills from our final day of shooting.  And I hope you will continue to follow my work and the work of AIU as we continue to share our love and passion for the art of dance and film.  

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Project Mariposa

Director, Producer, Choreographer~ Lindsay Schaefer

Cinematographer and Editor~ Angelo Vasta