National Sawdust || Saturday, October 14, 7:00PM
Short films and a performance carry humans and animals across borders, boundaries, and species divides.
Live-edited experimental documentary? Movement across species and national boundaries? The spiritual aspects of sound? All of these, and more, will intersect in an evening of ritual, cultural identity, and migration like nothing we've ever attempted in the first 10 years of the Imagine Science Film Festival. A truly hybrid program, the night will mix film, performance and music.

Performance and short film program

Opening with a live performance by Paris-based artist Rachel Marks exploring the border-crossing migratory monarch butterfly, the program will then move into film for cutting-edge views inside the chrysalis, animal transformations, the migrations of human populations across the globe, and at last, an unusual bird-eyed view of Puerto Rico's Arecibo observatory and our place in the larger cosmos.

In the meantime, sub-themes of music and the ritual/spiritual elements of sound will prepare us for the feature performance of the second half of the night, Hibridos.
Time and location:

Saturday, October 14, 7:00pm
National Sawdust
80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Films (Total runtime: 65 min)

Buckeye Butterfly Metamorphosis
Painted Lady Butterfly Both Wings
The Flight of an Ostrich
The Great Silence
The Performance - Metamorphosis

Using repetitious gestures like a caterpillar to generate the rhythm of this dance creation, Rachel Marks constructs her cocoon within the space at National Sawdust. Hidden in the cocoon, she transforms herself into a monarch butterfly and slowly emerges. Her dance reveals the story of the migration journey to a hidden forest within the heart of Mexico, where the community of monarchs gather this time each year.
Rachel Marks
Contemporary Artist & Dancer
Rachel Marks is an American artist, performer and dancer living and working in Paris. Her background in dancing with the Oklahoma City Ballet transposes into her performances, using dance as an artistic medium in her work. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art (2010) in Drawing and Painting from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Fine Art (2013) from l'Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design of Grenoble, France.

Rachel's work looks at the relationship between nature and language by investigating identity through integration. Her practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and performance.

Tomsen Su
Tomsen Su is currently pursuing his Bachelor of music degree under the guidance of Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School of Music. His principal teachers include Ronald Leonard, Dr. Richard Naill, Ko Iwasaki, and Robert DeMaine. Additionally, he has taken master classes with János Starker, Gary Hoffman, Lynn Harrell and many others. As an active chamber musician Tomsen has recently participated at the Taos School of Music where he worked under the tutelage of the Borromeo, Shanghai, and Brentano String Quartets. Additionally, he was awarded top prizes at the inaugural M-Prize Junior Chamber Competition, WDAV String Quartet Competition, and Saint Paul String Quartet Competition in 2016 with the Chimera Quartet. Tomsen performs on a 1926 Carl Becker Cello generously on loan from the Colburn Collection and a Giovanni Lucchi bow graciously loaned to him by the Maestro Foundation.
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