Collaborators

Lydia Soueidan

Dancer

 Lydia is from Williamsburg, Virginia. She trained in a multitude of styles at Virginia Regional Ballet and at 15 moved to New York City to train in The Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary program where she was trained by dance educators such as Michael Blake, Bradley Shelver, Adrienne Hurd, Lauren Cox and Daniel Madoff. She performed in works choreographed by Rena Butler, Manuel Vignoulle, Sekou McMiller and Tyler Gilstrap. Since graduating in May, 2018, Lydia has been freelancing and currently dances with Elizabeth Burr Dance and The Open Dance Ensemble.

Sarah Gottfried

Dancer

Sarah Gottfried holds a BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Studies. She is originally from Michigan where she studied under Betsy Carr as part of Company Dance Traverse. Her choreography has been selected to perform at the 2014 Michigan Youth Arts Festival, and she was an artist-in-residence at The Sable Arts Project in 2018 as both a dancer and visual artist. She’s had the privilege of performing works by Bobbi Jene Smith, Jack Gray, Elizabeth Coker, Crystal Pite, and Trisha Brown. Currently she is a company member of One Day Dance which focuses on creating dance films - so far she has been involved in films choreographed by Kelly Todd, Corinne Shearer, Peter Cheng, Kelly Ireland, Alexis Robbins, and Mari Meade.

Arzu Salman

Dancer

Born in Izmir, Turkey, Arzu Salman grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina where she received her primary training from Piedmont School of Music and Dance. She continued her education at The Ailey School & Fordham University where she graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance and minor in Communications in 2018. She attended intensives of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Juilliard School, and The San Francisco Conservatory. Salman has worked professionally with the 9ndY, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, Monica Hogan Danceworks, Queens Ballet Center Company,  Spaces of Fontana, Bryce Dance Company and Jiemin Yang. Her commercial dance accolades include features in music videos for artists Wilai and Melody English. She is looking forward to the premier of of Cellophane, directed by Lizz Burr with videography & editing by Sean Velasco-Dodge.

Sean Valesco-Dodge

Videographer/Editor

Sean Velasco-Dodge is a Hispanic-American, San Francisco born, NYC local who went to San Francisco School of the Arts to study Theatre and then went on to graduate from NYU Tisch Drama. Less than a year after graduation he began working as a self-taught cinematographer, photographer, editor, and writer. With several short films, a web-series, two music videos, and two feature films in pre-production under his belt he began freelancing full-time in 2019. He is now a member of The Creative Group, a newly founded independent film production company.

Julian Julien

Musician/Composer

Julian Julien is a composer and a saxophonist. Before to start composing and forming his own projects, he had played in various jazz and rock bands. He composed several albums jazz, electro and world.

Julian created the band « Fractale » with progressive music. Fractale draws its inspiration from various influences : literature (Javier Marias, Moravia, Buzzati...), cinema (Kubrick, Fellini, Ettore Scola) and visuals (Comic strips Corto Maltese, Hulet, Schultheiss). Fractale played in Paris and in USA.

Julian composes for many shorts, films, plays, investigative journalism documentaries for Arte channel, for cultural centers included Georges Pompidou Museum in Paris and for contemporary dance companies in New York, in France, in Switzerland, in Germany or in Israel. He also collaborated with Chris Steele-Perkins, Magnum Agency photographer.

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