Back in August I collaborated on a music video with the very talented artists Micah and Patrick Mason. These brothers are a musician and film maker respectively and asked me if I could choreograph and perform in a music video for a song of Micah's titled "Black and White Pages".The song was inspired by Micah's experience visiting the town where he and Patrick lived in their early lives and it seeks to capture the feeling of nostalgia each of us has experienced when fondly reminiscing about good times for which we are grateful but that we are painfully aware can never be repeated.
Micah, Patrick, and myself met in the Winchester, VA area as teenagers and spent much time together at rock concerts and around bonfires, sharing experiences for which we are now nostalgic, so when they offered me the opportunity to work on this video I jumped at the chance.
We shot the entire video in and around Winchester in two jam packed days that were filled with a sense of artistic purpose and rightness that, for me, is the feeling which continues to drive my artistic explorations: when you know are making something worthwhile. The choreography was created specifically for the sites where we shot in an attempt to capture the spontaneity and rambunctiousness of childhood. In addition, once the steps for each location were created, Patrick planned the trajectory of the camera work to give the intimacy and immediacy of a duet between dancer and audience. Thus, the video is mostly made up of long single takes that carry the audience right up to the action.
The catalyst for all of this is the song itself which, with tenderness and longing, carries the concept through