News: Short Film "In This Life" to Air on WNET All Arts Beginning August 5


Robbie Fairchild in "In This Life." Photo Credit: Giacomo Belletti

Bat-Sheva Guez's short film In This Life will be released for free on TV and online on WNET ALL ARTS beginning on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. View In This Life here.

In five acts, In This Life explores the language of loss, conveying the complexity of grief in the often-wordless way that it impacts our lives. The film is a leap of faith for former New York City Ballet principal and Broadway star Robbie Fairchild as he embarks on an ambitious collaboration with the director, choreographers, and dancers. Sharing the roles of writer and producer with Bat-Sheva Guez, Fairchild imbues this odyssey with the very personal experience of one man going through this rite of passage, which is as universal as it is unique.

The work stands outside the boundaries of genre: part narrative film, part dance film, and part video art. Each act illustrates a different phase of the grieving process, as choreographed by a different choreographer: James Alsop, Warren Craft, Robbie Fairchild, Andrea Miller, and Christopher Wheeldon.

"When there are no words to speak, you sing; when there is no song to sing, you dance," said Fairchild. "I'm fascinated by the concept of dance having the ability to convey our humanity when words fail - and what part of our humanity is more powerfully complex than loss?"

"My drive as a dance filmmaker is to liberate dance from the confines of the theater and to re-imagine it in the world," said Bat-Sheva Guez, "creating a work of art in and of itself, a piece that goes far beyond a flat documentation of a performance. During trying times, the arts uplift us. They add meaning and significance to a sometimes chaotic world. And with dancers and their audience separated from each other during this time, we felt it was important to share our film in a way that it can be experienced by all, regardless of location."

IN THIS LIFE
Directed by: Bat-Sheva Guez; Written by: Bat-Sheva Guez and Robbie Fairchild; Starring: Robbie Fairchild; Executive Producer: Robbie Fairchild; Producers: Jeanette Bonner, Bat-Sheva Guez; Choreographers: Warren Craft, James Alsop, Andrea Miller, Christopher Wheeldon, Robbie Fairchild (in order of appearance); Performers: Kathleen Laituri, Heather Lang, Rico Lebron, Martha Nichols, Michael Rosen, Ahmad Simmons, Ryan Steele, Cassandra Surianello, Abby Stephensen, Julien Valme; Director of Photography: Giacomo Belletti; Editor: Bat-Sheva Guez; Production Designer: Karen Weber; Mask Designer: James Ortiz; Costume Designer: Becky Bodurtha; Score: RIVKA; Sound Designer: Eric Brown; Consulting Producer: Emily Branham

New York-Area TV Channel Listings
Digital Antenna: 21.4 
Comcast: 958/1156 
Optimum: 144
Spectrum: 1276
Verizon Fios: SD 497/HD 498

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