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STAINED GLASS is composed of two provocative short films with self-perception as a central theme. FRACTURES follows a young woman confronting her paralyzing struggle with body image. 
NUDIS ANIMIS finds several strangers fighting against their own reflections, forcing them to experience an embodiment of their truths. 

 

created, choreographed & directed by RICH LUGO
score composed by CRISTHIAN ANDREWS
director of photography LINDA KÄLLÉRUS   
'FRACTURES' edited by DIANA PANFIL

'NUDIS ANIMIS' edited by AARON DWORETZKY
starring ANDREA PALESH, AMY LENOBLE, DEJAYE JOSEPH, KELSEY MILBOURN, RICH LUGO, SCOTT CURLEY, ARIELLE BENDORY, MARY LINEHAN, ARIEL FRANKS, LAQUELLE MILLS

MOVEMENT TAKES ACTION

 

Through a sophisticated use of film and stage elements, DANSPIEK ("dance speak") embodies a distinct and innovative dance expression.  Specializing in narrative dance filmmaking, our in-house projects explore complex themes to develop an accessible, universal movement language. The body of DANSPIEK's work includes micro-fiction, short films, music videos, bts featurettes and feature films.

 

founder & artistic director RICH LUGO
director of photography LINDA KÄLLÉRUS

photography by GREGORY ADDISON
edited by AARON DWORETZKY

original music by DOT

When you look into a mirror, "What do you see?" 

A REFLECTION IN PIECES is an inside look into the making of DANSPIEK's first dance film, FRACTURES. Learn about the creative process directly from the artists involved, chronicling early developments through to production.

Created, Choreographed & Directed by RICH LUGO
Starring ANDREA PALESH, AMY LENOBLE
Director of Photography LINDA KÄLLÉRUS   
Edited by DIANA PANFIL  

FEATURED MUSIC:
"Breeze in Monochrome Night"- Akira Yamaoka
"She Never Sleeps"- Hans Zimmer
"P is for Piano"//"Confused Images"//"The Academy"- Massive Attack

(We do not own the rights to this music)   

URBAN VITALITY is an ongoing music video dance project featuring post-high school youth from The Bronx exploring their voice through dance. Through this platform they express their struggles, fears, and triumphs, along with all the emotion.

 

created & directed by LUGO
choreography by LUGO & DANCERS
director of photography GREGORY ADDISON
edited by LUGO
creative advisor MARVIN AVILA
the dancers SHANICE ANDERSON, YANELY COYOTECATL, JAHMYRA ESTEPHANE, JAYLEEN MALDONADO, SABRINA OLAVARRIA, NICOLE ORTIZ, STEPHANIE RODRIGUEZ
FEATURED MUSIC: "Ultralight Beam" by Kanye West
(We do not own the rights to this music)

filmed at Gibney Studios | New York, NY

Dark & delicious tales of sex, addiction, violence & vanity.

 

Inspired by the medieval allegory, "Dance of Death," DANSE MAKABRE is a narrative dance anthology music video series which explores the dynamic relationships that exist between men.

 

created by RICH LUGO
choreographed & performed by RICH LUGO & SCOTT CURLEY
director of photography GREGORY ADDISON
music videos edited by GREGORY ADDISON
studio footage edited by RICH LUGO
creative advisor MARVIN AVILA
FEATURED MUSIC:

"Thaeter"//"Cruci-Fiction in Space"//"Count to Six & Die"

by Marilyn Manson
"05 Ghosts I" by Nine Inch Nails
(We do not own the rights to this music)
filmed at Gibney 280 Broadway | New York, NY

REFLECTION IN PIECES Photobook

This beautiful photobook visually chronicles the behind-the-scenes journey of creating STAINED GLASS through a tapestry of its thought-provoking themes.

 

SPECS: Color, Softcover, Landscape (10"×8"), 32 pages

 

Created by Gregory Addison & Rich Lugo

$30.00

A young woman confronts her paralyzing struggle with body image as multiple aspects of self-perception control her psyche.

 

FRACTURES is the first part of the narrative double feature dance film, STAINED GLASS. 

 

created, choreographed & directed by RICH LUGO
score composed by CRISTHIAN ANDREWS
starring ANDREA PALESH, AMY LENOBLE
director of photography LINDA KÄLLÉRUS
edited by DIANA PANFIL

Based on the first part of Dante Alighieri's epic poem, The Divine Comedy, this contemporary re-imagining tests the will of an ordinary man as he journeys through the Nine Circles of Hell to save his true love-- and alter the fate of humanity.

 

Using Manhattan as its backdrop, the full cinematic vision interweaves striking stage and film elements to create an immersive and captivating alternate world not unlike our own.

 

created, choreographed & directed by RICH LUGO

performed by RICH LUGO
original music composed by MICHAEL CULVER
director of photography LINDA KÄLLÉRUS     
additional camera REBECKA EKHOLM
photography by GREGORY ADDISON     
edited by DIANA PANFIL

"DANCE SPEAKS" Keychain

This double-sided, acrylic keychain is custom made to include the company's signature logo. 

$12.00

STAINED GLASS

One-Sheet Poster

This stunning official 11"x17" poster promotes DANSPIEK's debut double feature film.

 

Edited by Diana Panfil

$7.00

PAST PRODUCTIONS

Stained Glass film poster Edited by Diana Panfil

Promotional Material Designed by Rob Sampogna

 

2014 | 'STAINED GLASS' ONLINE SCREENINGS  DANSPIEK's premiere dance film vision is released to the public in the form of regulated free online screenings designed to make dance accessible and start a meaningful dialog. STAINED GLASS consists of a 45 minute double feature of narrative short films: FRACTURES tells the story of a young woman paralyzed by her own reflection. NUDIS ANIMIS immerses four strangers into an alternate world where they must confront their individual demons. Using mirrors as a central motif, the films explore self-perception exclusively through movement, evolving the way the world thinks about dance. (Running time: 45 minutes) 

Promotional Material Designed by Rob Sampogna | Photo by Gregory Addison

Promotional Material Designed by Rob Sampogna | Photo by Gregory Addison

 

2016 | THE 'STAINED GLASS' EXPERIENCE  DANSPIEK's premiere dance production consisted of a 45 minute film, a live two-man anthology show, guest performances followed by a Q&A. STAINED GLASS, a double feature of narrative short films, uses mirrors as a central motif to explore ideas of self-perception exclusively through movement. The multimedia DANSE MAKABRE--inspired by the medieval allegory, "Dance of Death"-- indulges in dark & delicious tales of sex, addiction, violence & vanity. As a whole, this premiere experience is designed not to make a one-sided statement but to offer an open perspective on what it means to be human. (Running time: 2hrs, including one intermission) 

 

"We are not what we appear to be..."

DANSPIEK was created to communicate the human experience by framing movement in narrative forms.


 

Fulfilling our mission means expanding our reach to include the visions of dance artists worldwide.

In welcoming all perspectives and experiences we open a dialog to promote a global sense of compassion. 

 

 

OUR WORK

short films

Our filmmaking journey began with STAINED GLASS, a double feature of narrative short films with self-perception as a central motif. This project inspired the launch of our first movement, Beyond the Glass, where we invite dance artists to submit their own pieces which further explore themes in our films.

 

multi-media

Our current production, DANSE MAKABRE, is the beginning of an anthology series expressing the often damaging dynamics that exist between men. The film and stage elements are interwoven to serve a larger narrative as well as stand on their own. The series will include male choreographers and performers whose work reveals and challenges these relationships.

 

feature films

Our future production, THE INFERNO, re-imagines the classic poem by Dante Alighieri into a feature dance film. The final vision demands full-scale production elements, and will provide an unprecedented cinematic experience which elevates narrative dancemaking to new heights.

 

micro-fiction

As our movements and projects continue to take shape, DANSPIEK is collaborating with young dancers to create short micro-fiction pieces that convey story elements in under 2 minutes. It is an ongoing exploration of finding meaning in movement, and framing it in a way that communicates clearly to audiences.

 

Please browse THE WORK to learn more about our projects.

T H A N K  Y O U

MARC ACHILLES

JUNE AFSHAR

ARIELA ARNON

LINDSEY ASHCRAFT

KARA & GREGORY ADDISON

ERIN BARKER

ANNE BASU

JOHN BROWNELL

BRYNNE CALLERAN

JANICE & BOB CURLEY

CHUNG-FU CHANG

CARRIE DEMOS

ELIZABETH DURAN

MARIA FRADE

ARIEL FRANKS

ROBIN GALLO

EDNA GLASSMAN-LACKOW

ELLIOTT GOODMAN

THOMAS GRANT JR.

LINDSAY GRIFFIN

MARY ANN HAGEN

CHRISTOPHER & JOCELYN HAYES

GEMMA HUTCHINSON

JASON & JUNE INGRAM

KURT KELLEY

LINDA KEY

EMMA KIMBALL

DARIUS JOURNIGAN

BELA LAKATOS

JOSÉ & THERESA LUGO

SHANA LIN

TORY MANCE

JANETTE MARTINEZ

ITA MATIAS

MARLENE MAY

PATRICIA MEDINA

VICTORIA MEDINA

OLEVIA MIKHAIL

SCHLOMO MELMAN

GLORIA MILLER

CHARLES & MARGARET PLATT

BRITTANI NAGLE

SHANNON O'CONNOR

DIANA PANFIL

MICHAEL PAVANO

RAQUEL PATTERSON

LISA PETRO

DARRIN POLICAR

PHYLLIS SHAKES

ROBERT SHERIDAN

JEAN STINNETT

TARA SULLIVAN

ANNETTE VACCARO

KEVIN VALENTIN

LAUREN VEGA

MARIA VODOLA

DAWN WOODS-KING

ASHLEY WOOL

photo by Linda Källérus

photo by Gregory Addison

photo by Bill Cotton

photo by John Suhar

photo by Liz Schneider-Cohen

DANSPIEK company promo reel

CHOREOGRAPHY BY RICH LUGO

EDITED BY AARON DWORETZKY

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY LINDA KÄLLÉRUS

‘#52Tuesdays- 52: SZA' (2018)

SHOT & EDITED BY GREGORY ADDISON

SONG PERFORMED BY EARTHTONE

CHOREOGRAPHY BY RICH LUGO

PRELUDE TO 'THE INFERNO' (2017)

CHOREOGRAPHED & PERFORMED BY RICH LUGO

ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY MICHAEL CULVER

DANCE EDUCATORS COLLECTIVE CONCERT

BRONX BOROUGH ARTS FESTIVAL (2018)

fhsa dance performance

CHOREOGRAPHED & PERFORMED BY JEANETTE ALVARADO,

SERRINITY BROWN, & SABRINA OLAVARRIA

This piece was collaboratively created by the students and MR. LUGO

'CSU DANCE SENIOR CAPSTONE CONCERT (2009) choreography excerpt

CHOREOGRAPHY BY RICH LUGO

Photography by Gregory Addison

Stills by Linda Källérus

Company Founded by Rich Lugo

 

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