Female Faces is a project addressing women's rights through a series of female video portraits created by directors and composers from across the globe.
Full Length Film Coming Soon
This is the preview for the full length project premiering on 9/12/2021
The full film can be viewed lived at Silver Towers in New York City on September 12th from 11AM-6PM
Finleigh Zack is a dancer/choreographer and the artistic director of Finleigh Zack Dance Inc, a not for profit contemporary dance company based in New York City. She has studied in many classical and contemporary styles of dance including Horton and Graham, Release, and Cunningham techniques. She has worked with various companies and artists who have influenced her work including Rena Butler, Jennifer Archibald, Heidi Latsky, Alonzo King, David Parsons, and many more. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Here she has been exposed to different forms of collaboration and creative projects that have sparked her interest in dance choreography and creative research. Her work as the artistic director of FZD circles around mental health advocacy in the arts industry and how we as artists can flip this narrative. Finleigh wants her work to influence others and how they view dance and performative art as a whole. With her creations, she strives to leave the audience inspired to change the world.
Messy Mind 1. Description
Messy Mind 1. Is a comment on the battle of eating disorders in today's society. With the standards we have in the world, more than 28.8 million Americans have been diagnosed with an eating disorder sometime in their life. This short dance film is a way to shed light and express that the stigma must be broken in order to make a change. Messy Mind 1, the first section of a two part dance film created by Finleigh Zack Dance is the struggle between the mind and body and how they can come together as one.
Finleigh Zack Dance Website HERE
"Use Your Words" is an experiment with collage poetry through film. The piece is composed of four poets (QiQi, Vaishnavi, Kline, and Elisabeth) reading their own poetry. The edits to their work within the first part of the film are a reflection of tone, pause, and inflection.
I hope their words have as many meanings for you that they do for me.
When I was younger, I had a vision of myself performing on a stage in
front of a big audience. Beautiful music was playing and while taking in
the sound of the chords, I was moving so simplistically and from my
soul. That image in my head has stuck with me throughout the years and
shown me that stage presence and vulnerability are two huge components
to my work. Artistically, I hope to show raw human emotion, show the
most simple but complex interactions between people, and express
vulnerability in my performance choices. I enjoy telling wild stories and
individual deeply rooted stories through my dancing and choreography, I
also enjoy the process of choosing music and how it influences the piece.
I like taking risks with sound, as long as it speaks to me, and I love to
compose my own scores as well. Dance, choreography, music and film
for dance are my greatest passions and loves, and I learn more about
them every day inspired from those around me.
The Performativity of Disgust Description
We were inspired by a variety of texts about shame/disgust and the ways in which society has created stigma surrounding “dirty bodies”. We were interested in finding an alternate way to imagine beauty. We took this concept and first decided on our music. We selected three different pieces and gave each one a theme/concept. The first was disgust and stickiness, the second explored shame and feeling this as a collective rather than an individual, and the third concept was about coming into your own skin and recognising that we have control/agency over our own bodies.