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dir Marta Renzi


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In a school auditorium, two groups of students move, meet and part. Innocence and experience on seemingly parallel paths.

words from the filmmaker

I was invited to make Tumult by my long-time colleague in the arts, Angelica Vessella.
Early in my transition from stage choreography to dance-filmmaking, Angelica understood that it would be a great experience for college
students to experience dance film from the inside. So she commissioned me to make work for her students, beginning in 2011 with Year, Make & Model and continuing through 4 more projects, with a new one one scheduled for January 2024. Despite the fact that we only have 5 days to audition dancers, create the work and shoot it, the students at Rhode Island College are always a pleasure to work with - committed, comfortable in front of the camera, able to contribute their own personalities and movement material. The theme costumes - and then the theme - developed out of the location,
which was a private Catholic school in Providence Rhode Island, where a former RIC
student was teaching dance. As for the cinematographer, this was my 3rd time working with Jennifer Keller, a screendance teacher at Slippery Rock University, where I had also made work with students in the past, beginning with Plow Plant Reap.

why we love this film

Quirky in the best way. Fantastic locations and costuming, and some challenging camera angles that push the envelope of dance filmmaking.




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as well as

Produced by

Company Made Possible by

Marta Renzi

Jennifer Keller

Lucas Ruderman

Emily Holden

Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin

Alexander Crespo-Rosario

Autumn Guilbault

Jonathan Klos

Jaden Scott

Brooklyn Toli

Madison Rea

Alexis VonMaluski

Olivia Aguiar

Elyse Ayers

Emily Healey

Cassidy Huftalen

Sarah Johnson

Sam King

Victoria Lane Drew

Leonard Taylor Santoro  

Angelica Vessella as part of the Rhode Island College Dance Company 

Performing and Fine Arts Commission at Rhode Island College

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