An abstract dance film inspired by mandala patterns used in cultural traditions around the world, presented at the United Nations and other international venues.

The processed video imagery for Tubae Mundi originated with improvised dance footage choreographed by Lisa Naugle and filmed in a green screen studio. Director John Crawford used digital media software to transform this footage into a series of abstract movement sequences derived from dance. The music by composer Dinu Ghezzo incorporates samples from Tibetan and Byzantine prayers, Indian ragas, Gregorian chants, Islamic calls to prayer from Turkey and Romanian Christmas carols, all interwoven with live music and electronic sounds from the studio. This work explores the concepts of “one into many” and “many into one.” It is dedicated to compassion, peace and harmony for all beings.

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Venues

University of North Carolina Greensboro, ACDFA. March 2013.

University of Rome "Tor Vergata," Multimedia Concert, Rome, Italy. March 2012.

White Nights Festival, Málaga, Spain. May 2011.

Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy. March 2011.

Marianum Auditorium, Perugia, Italy. March 2011.

University of Rome "Tor Vergata," Rome, Italy. March 2011.

TEDx, Fullerton, California, September 2010.

International Festival for Visual Arts, Nerja, Spain. June 2010.

Fine Art Center, Brevard Community College, Cocoa, Florida. April 2009.

Música Nueva Málaga Multimedia Concert, Frigiliana, Spain. March 2009.

UCI Dance Film Festival, Irvine, California. March 2009.

Harmonious Cities: Music, Technology, Culture and Health (High-Level Working Session), United Nations, New York. February 2009.

Multimedia and Film Music, International Composers and Interactive Artists Ensemble, Kefalonia, Greece. September 2008.

Música Nueva Málaga International Festival for Composers, Frigiliana, Spain. July 2008.

Credits

Director & media design: John Crawford

Composer: Dinu Ghezzo

Singer: Christine Ghezzo

Choreographer: Lisa Naugle

Dancers: Melanie King, Caleb Mitchell, Jenna Otter, Alisa Poston

Production assistants: Aaron Cota, Caryn Heilman, Marc Sicignano, Hannah Varga

Production date: July 2008