Abandoned limestone mill was inspiration behind award-winning film of movement and dance

New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grant helps get project off and dancing

Shea and Hahn refer to this as site-specific work, meaning the choreography is unique to the place, and the location inspired the idea for the film. As part of the development and planning process, the team visited a working limestone mill to research its operations, which influenced the choreography and the story the film tells.

Earlier this year, "Breath | Light | Stone" was an official selection in the Utah Dance Film Festival and earned a number of awards, including three first-place finishes for cinematography, sound design and ensemble performance. The film made its European premiere at Exposure, a curated installation of moving art in Fermignano, Italy, and was just announced as a finalist for the Front & Main Dance Festival, Temecula 2018. Shea and Hahn are now working to schedule showings in Bloomington and Indianapolis and submit the film to additional international festivals.

"Film is automatically international, which is different than a live performance. You're in competition with folks from all over the world. It's a global medium," Shea said. "I learned a ton from this project and want to do another film or new media project; I really enjoy that. For now, though, I want to let this one sink in. We did this so fast and learned so much. I want to soak that in for now."