Arch of Repose, a poetic, image-rich film choreographed, directed, and produced by Hedwig Dances' Artistic Director Jan Bartoszek, is a rite of passage film that depicts a young woman's internal struggle as she ventures towards independence. Hedwig Dances is re-releasing the 2009 film with a new sound score created by award-winning composer Richard Woodbury. Arch of Repose is scheduled for one screening only at the Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7 PM. A discussion and a reception with the performers and film creators follows the film. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at HedwigDances.Org. Admission includes the film, discussion and reception.
Arch of Repose unfolds in a series of episodes that reveal alliances and fissures
among the six itinerant characters. The dream-like, timeless setting
creates an alternate reality that contrasts a labyrinthine interior
space with a lush, verdant landscape. In creating Arch of Repose,
Jan Bartoszek collaborated with Daniel Kullman (Director of Photography
and Editor) and Nicolas DeGrazia (Producer) of the film production
company Bitter Jester Creative (BJC); costume designer, performer and
vocalist Carol Genetti; and Hedwig Dances' ensemble Victor Alexander,
Justin Deschamps, Jessie Gutierrez, Maray Gutierrez Ramis and Michel
Rodriguez. The addition of composer Richard Woodbury's vibrant, resonant
music underscores the film's psychological and emotional detail.
Jan Bartoszek choreographed and directed Arch of Repose as part of a 2008 Lab Artist Award from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum
wherein she researched and studied the history and production of dance
films, a synthesis between the two artistic genres of choreography and