Dance for Camera
2019 MONK by Aly Rose
A son is brought to a monastery by his parents and left there. He struggles to become a monk and on his journey inward finds protection and solace in 3 imagined immortals. This dance for camera is depicted through five sections: root, heart, will, mind and body. Written and directed by Aly Rose, MONK was shot at two different monasteries in China with actual monks.
2004 Through Wang Lung's Eyes 王龙的世界
Inspired by the Chinese character of Wang Lung in Pearl S. Buck's novel, The Good Earth. Here Wang Lung is torn between his duties in an agrarian feudal society and his desire for Lotus, the foot bound prostitute who was unlike his wife, O-Lan. The Good Earth was first published in 1931 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1932 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.
2006 Phoenix (clips)
Phoenix was invited to close the 2006 Dashanzi International Art Festival at the 798 Art District in Beijing, China. The dance drama tells the story of five characters: Wood木, Fire火, Earth土, Metal金, and Water水. Wood loses her child, Fire love, Earth his sanity, Metal his body, and Water must take shape again. The drama is inspired by the ancient tale of 凤凰涅磐. The actual dance drama is 59 minutes long and here are some clips from each act. Act 5 features Wang Yabin 王亚彬, well-known performer who danced in the film House of Flying Daggers 2004.
2014 ONE in New York
ONE is a first time, one-hour experience of moving sculpture comprised of human bodies for mass public viewing. Conceived, created and choreographed by Aly Rose, it consists of over 100 performers dancing while suspended 100 feet in the air. Made to symbolize the magnificence of man and the oneness of humanity, this event is a collaboration of aerialists, designers, engineers, architects, and crew from 8 different countries.