Stephanie Acosta is one of the artists creating a film for Edition 24 of Dances Made that will be inspired by the themes chose by our audience: vintage cartoons and synonym/antonym. Get your tickets for the exclusive digital premiere on May 29.
Why are you interested in making dance film?
I have always had passion for dance and filmmaking, that these two things found each other in my practice was inevitable.
Tell us a little about your creative process…
Each project is different, the research sometimes brings us to the page first, other times making and finding images steers the process. For this piece we began with a desire to collage movements and sites that my collaborator and I have gathered from working together for the past year, we wanted to collage the cutting room floor and bring the elements into a new piece of eye candy.
Name a film that changed your life:
Uncle Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) really shifted my relationship with film. At the time I still had a youthful compulsion to separate genres and interests into their happy piles. The simple rebellions of this film adaptation really freed me to think between the lines, and then I just kept going. Until one day I found the in-betweens were my favorite parts.
Name a dance performance that changed your life:
The first time I saw Pina Bausch’s Cafe Mueller changed and inspired me along with an entire generation of movement makers and I am glad to share that creative birthplace with so many.
If we were going to spend the day with you hanging out with you, what would we do?
On a Chicago spring day all I want to do is to be on the streets bumping, watching and hiding from the many faces of the city. Taking a long walk or ride up the lake front path with breaks to eat fruit and cheese from our bags, pausing to look at the changing skyline as we continue on our way. Lunch at the Handlebar Patio in Wicker Park where we would connect with some people from my creative community and make plans for late night shows and early night art walks. A nap in the park and dinner at our courtyard, which I share with some of the thriving Pilsen creative community, followed by beers on the roof top over looking the sky line for the last time before we ride out to cool the night with some live music.
What is your favorite drink and where do you get it?
I am a whiskey neat with a beer back at the SKYLARK (a bar in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago) kind of woman on most nights. These days that is a Jameson and a Prankster (a North Coast beer) on the side.
If you could live in another time period, which would it be?
I would honestly not want to live in any other time. As a woman we have never had comparable freedoms and we are still working towards more. I can wear a throw back outfit if that’s what I want to do but I would never romanticize any other time. There’s never been a more exciting time to be alive and a more necessary time to be aware.
What are some things you can’t live without?
After the basic human needs of food and shelter I can’t imagine an existence without room for creative expression and exploration.