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Ubben Film Selected for Dance Cinema

Ubben Film Selected for Dance Cinema

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Cornish senior Jenisa Ubben’s [AR’13] film Branches In the Clouds, a collaboration with dancer Sarah Butler [DA ’12], was featured at Velocity’s “Next Dance Cinema.”

Pictured: still from the Ubben/Butler creation, Branches In the Clouds.

Velocity Dance Center teamed up with Northwest Film Forum recently to present “Next Dance Cinema,” a program of short films presenting dance. which they they intended to “dance lovers and film lovers alike insight into how contemporary dance cinema continues to expand the possibilities of the screen.” Velocity’s Executive/Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer curated the series. There, prominently, in the program was a Cornish-bred collaboration, Branches In the Clouds, filmed by senior Jenisa Ubben and danced by recent grad Sarah Butler.

Branches In the Clouds is a piece based on the movement right there in its title. Dancer Sarah Butler’s original choreography explored the natural interplay of wind and tree against the dramatic backdrop of the sky. As filmed by videographer Jenisa Ubben Butler’s ethereal performance is set in the visually spare yet expansive stage of Seattle’s waterfront, at Myrtle Edwards Park. According to Ubben, the piece was inspired by 2011 New Media Hybrids course taught by professors Heather Dew Oaksen (Video) and Wade Madsen (Dance).

“It was a great honor to show my video this week at Northwest Film Forum, especially with film artists and dancers of such talent and interest,” says Ubben. “It is the first time my work has ever been shown publically with a group of non-student artists, and I truly appreciate what Velocity Dance Center and NW Film Forum have done for me and other video artists by hosting this festival.”


Jenisa Ubben is a Video student at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for 2013. Her work has been shown at Cornish’s Main Gallery, The Closet Gallery, The Baltic Room, Interstitial Theater, and Northwest Film Forum. She has received scholarships from the Krielsheimer Foundation, the Cornish President’s Scholarship, Cornish Merit scholarship, and Cornish continuing and departmental scholarships. She is the Cornish Student Leadership Council chair (2010-2013), and was inducted as a member to the Sigma Alpha Pi national leadership society. She has also been recognized as the 2012 WA State Student Employee of the Year by the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators. She was born in Tacoma, Washington and raised in Gig Harbor and Olympia, Washington. She plans to continue her video career in videography for the performing arts.


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