January 14th, News and Guide Article, Dance Filmmakers Celebrate New Partner

Click the link below to read Katy Niner’s article about our Fundraiser and Special Performance


and a local blog entry about the evening as well!


An After Dinner Drink Recent Press

Click the link below to read the News and Guide article written about Hole Dance Film’s production of An After Dinner Drink at Rendezvous Bistro in Jackson, Wyoming. The article goes well into our choreographic process, details about the actual shoot and there are some great photos included as well!

New Film Explores Restaurant Choreography

Winter Migration has been awarded the Visual Arts Award from ARTCORE in Casper, WY. The award will be presented to Hole Dance Films on January 14th when Repertory Dance Theater performs in Casper, WY.

Hole Dance Films in the ARTCORE catologue & 2010 season

Blue’s not the word… is playing May 8th in Temp, AZ!

See the flier and article below:

Blue's not the word... is screening May 8th

Arizona Dance Film Festival

Dance for Camera Jury Selections

for the Arizona Dance Film Festival

Exile – Eric Handman (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Lil Dancer – Liliana Gomez (Phoenix, Arizona)

Ricochet – Greta Schoenberg (San Francisco, California)

DanceDownRiver – Jayne Lee (Flagstaff, Arizona)

Mahjong – Angelina Allen & Fernando Melo (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Blue’s Not the Word… – Carrie Richer & Kate W. Kosharek (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)

Deere John – Mitchell Rose (Oregon)

Lello – Mimi Cave (San Francisco, California)

The Picture Gallery – Jessica Mumford (Tempe, Arizona)

Premiere – Harper Piver (Tempe, Arizona)

What is Dance Film?

Through the eye of the camera, choreographers extract dancers from their traditional venues and place them into unexpected settings where they can fully interact with their surroundings. Along with expanding possibilities for narrative, film and digital video open exciting new dimensions for dance: as the laws of physics seem no longer relevant, as gravity is defied, or as movements are manipulated, both dance and the resulting document are transformed. What emerges are smart, unique works of art that benefit from exploiting the similarities between choreography and filmmaking such as rhythm, dynamic movement, dramatic performance and experimentation. (description by Motion Pictures)

STEPPING OUT Jackson Hole News & Guide,

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 – 7
Films find Real in the Surreal


Director Carrie Noel; choreographer Kate W. Kosharek
What: Dance Film Showcase
When: Shown daily through June 15; reception
5 to 7 p.m. Friday
Where: ArtSpace Main Gallery, Art Association,
Center for the Arts
How much: Free
By Katy Niner

Individual ingredients seem familiar:
five women in snow pants, hats, gloves, goggles; a wintry alpine setting with snow falling and piled high. But when the women start dancing, and movement mixes the elements on camera, the scene becomes surreal. It’s a new way of seeing modern dance.
Winter Migration is one of three short films in the Dance Film Showcase
by Jackson filmmaker Carrie Noel.
The showcase opens Friday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Art Association’s ArtSpace Gallery. The reception ends in time for Noel’s rehearsal dinner – she is getting married Saturday. The films will play on a loop through June 15 during gallery hours. The gallery staging will accentuate the surreal by recreating the living room setting of another film, Blue’s Not The Word…. Viewers will sit on the same couch the dancer cavorts on, with the same empty red picture frames on the wall. The three films explore the emerging genre, Dance on Camera, through the direction of Carrie Noel and, in the case of Winter Migration and Blue’s Not The Word… , the choreography of Kate W. Kosharek. The pair recently formed their own production company, Hole Dance Films.

“Everybody knows how to watch a movie,” Kosharek said. “Not everybody knows how to go to a modern dance concert and interpret what they are seeing.” In their films, the camera becomes an interpreter. “We work really hard to incorporate a narrative and help people watch dance and show them how to read it,” Noel said. It allows the audience
to “watch a dance piece in a way that you cannot do on stage.” Each artist brings experience from outside Jackson. A dancer herself, Noel pursued her Master of Fine Arts in cinema from San Francisco State University. Now, she works for the Jackson Hole
Wildlife Film Festival. Before joining Dancers’ Workshop, Kosharek performed with a site-specific dance company in Milwaukee. Because the company performed in unconventional settings – warehouses, empty swimming pools, museums – seating an
audience always posed a challenge. Sometimes, the company had to revert to a traditional stage format. Choreographing for the camera freed Kosharek of seating hurdles and allowed her to fully embrace the three-dimensionality of dance. “You can take them on a journey to places they recognize,” which makes the dance more relatable, Noel said.

On a snowy, sub-zero weekend in February, they filmed Winter Migration in the web of trails at the base of Teton Pass. At one point, the camera froze.
The five dancers – Margaret Breffeilh, Heather Best, Jennifer Walker, Erin Roy and Kosharek – hung puffy jackets on a drying rack. The film merges the two Jackson
worlds of art and extreme sports. Its score, composed by Kosharek’s brother, Joe Westerlund, accentuates the harsh beauty of the environment. Pre-snow, Kosharek led studio rehearsals, which Noel observed, even filling in for absent dancers, and filmed for angle study. Moving the choreography outdoors required adjustments.
“That’s the beauty of working in different environments: it informs the choreography and the movement,” Kosharek said. “It was an organic transition from studio to snow.”
The 7-minute film recently placed in the top 11 of the second Wyoming Short Film Contest. Noel recruited film-school friend Natalie Newman as the cinematographer.
She shoots live traffic reports for a TV station in Oakland, Calif., and also filmed the third film in the showcase, The Bird Has Flown, which debuted at last year’s Jackson Hole Film Festival. To maximize Newman’s time in Jackson, they filmed both movies in one weekend. Blue’s Not the Word… stars a woman – Kosharek – and her television. Edited as jump cuts, the 3-minute film spotlights the woman’s TV-induced moods. An array of outfits suggest a sweep of time. For dance to tell a story without words, movements must be overexaggerated. “We explore the characters through movement before we even talk about them,” Noel said. “As that movement comes out, they get quirkier and quirkier because you are talking about them through movement even before you talk about their personality or name.” The physical hyperbole allows the audience to adjust to a world without dialogue.

“It makes more sense in a surreal environment to have them [moving instead of talking],” as compared to a realistic setting where people suddenly start dancing, Noel said.
“It helps the audience accept it.” Noel and Kosharek are already working on their next film – on needing less. “It’s the first time I’ve really been moved to comment on world event through dance,” Noel said. Seeking grant funds, they hope to employ Jackson artists affected by the recession.



May 27, 2009


Carrie Noel

Kate W. Kosharek

Calendar Information:

Dance Film Showcase featuring three films by Carrie Noel

Artspace Main Gallery in the Center for the Arts

June 5-10, 2009

Artist Reception: Friday June 5, 2009


Carrie Noel presents Dance Film Showcase

Local Jackson filmmaker, Carrie Noel brings Modern Dance and Film together in the emerging genre of Dance on Camera.  Each film utilizes intricate choreography, challenging the age-old tradition of watching dance on stage.  This collection of dance films encourages a keen awareness of the magical ways to interpret time, space, energy and story telling.  Two brand new short films, recently shot in Jackson with local choreographer Kate W. Kosharek, will premiere in this show: Winter Migration and Blue’s Not the Word… Also included in the showcase is Noel’s This Bird Has Flown.

Winter Migration was funded in part by an Individual Artist Professional Development Grant from Wyoming Arts Council (granted to Kosharek).  It was also just recently selected as one of the top eleven films in the 2nd annual Wyoming Short Film Contest.   Winter Migration was shot in February 2009 (Wilson, WY) and features a quintet of local Jackson dancers through the starkness of a Wyoming winter landscape.  Directed by Noel, Choreographed by Kosharek, performed by Margaret Breffeilh, Heather Best, Jennifer Walker, Erin Roy and Kate W. Kosharek. Produced by Hole Dance Films.

Blue’s Not the Word… was also shot in February 2009 (Jackson,WY) and is a film depicting one woman’s relationship with her television. Directed by Noel, Choreographed and Performed by Kosharek. Produced by Hole Dance Films.

This Bird Has Flown was shot in 2007 in San Francisco, CA. This short dance film tells the story of the night, and then, the morning that John Lennon wrote ‘Norwegian Wood,’ the Beatles ballad. The story takes place in 1963 when the heroine of this story, Katerina, meets John Lennon on her way home.  Directed by Noel, Choreographed by Rachael Lincoln.


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