Monica is a choreographer and filmmaker. She danced as a company member with dance companies Winifred Haun and Dancers, Mordine & Company, and Striding Lion Performance Group. Her dance film works have appeared in film festivals nationally and internationally, recently winning best of fest at Utah Dance Film Festival.
This summer she was a resident artist at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for their Performance Lab program. For this program she developed several dance films around the museum as well as a site-specific evening length performance in their Chihuly Forest exhibit.
In May of 2017, she co-produced the first annual MANA Contemporary Body + Camera Festival. She received Mordine and Company's Choreographic Mentorship in 2013. In 2010, she was a High Concept Laboratories Sponsored Artist.
She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in dance.
As a dance filmmaker, I interweave cinema and choreography. Film and dance share two important fundamentals: Space and Time. In my work, I search for the natural overlap of the two art forms. I believe that through their thoughtful combination, each medium can be pushed into new territory.
As a choreographer first, I have a fresh perspective for dance film. I draw on my dance background to experiment with filmmaking conventions. I look for novel ways to depict the moving body in film that would not be possible in live dance performance. I push beyond typical approaches to create dance film that is more than mere documentary.
Choreographically, I create contemporary dance that follows a postmodern tradition. I enjoy contrasting pedestrian gestures with expansive movement exploring the weighted body. With dance film, I am able to choreograph both the movement of the dancers and the movement of the camera to enhance the performance. Based on the goals of the piece, I experiment with the angle, framing, and point of view of the camera to heighten the piece’s themes.
My work in more than merely recording dance on film. My ultimate objective is to create striking, evocative imagery with layered meanings. For each film, no matter its individual theme, I strive to make work that is potent and affecting, posing multiple questions rather than providing a single answer.