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Spatula: A Dance Film, Expresses Creativity

Nancy Alkire Nancy Alkire Spatula: A Dance Film, Expresses CreativitySpatula, a dance film, premieres online and in-studio April 10th. Photo by Doug Carraway, Lady Friend Productions.
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“An enormous thank you,” says Russell and Filippo Lepley-Pelacchi, choreographers and owners of Flux + Flow Dance and Movement in Clintonville. During 2020, they used Zoom and socially-distant rehearsals to create “Spatula: A Dance Film” which will premiere online and in-studio on April 10, 2020.

“This project got me through last year. It was amazing to have something creative to do each week. It was really special, and I feel a strong bond with everyone involved not only going through a pandemic together but also a dance performance,” says Stacie Sells of local videography company, Lady Friend Productions.

In Spatula, an ill-equipped platoon teeters between unease and valor. Their enemies are unclear, but then so are their alliances.

“The ground shifts and the faint-hearted fleet drives forward,” says Russell Lepley-Palacchi.

They created Spatula by meeting twice a week from March through August in 2020. Then the filming was done at the Park of Roses over the course of 10 weeks in the Fall. Russell Lepley-Palacchi was no stranger to long dance pieces as he also choreographed “Ursula” which showed at the Wexner Center in 2019.

The Lepley-Palacchis have owned and operated Flux + Flow since 2017. They met in Germany where they worked for a contemporary dance company. After years dancing professionally in Europe, they decided to relocate to Clintonville.

“My favorite aspect of being at Flux + Flow is the chance to escape,” says Michelle Herman, a Slate advice columnist and writing professor at OSU. Herman and other dance/yoga students participated in a previous Flux + Flow projects at the Columbus Dance Theatre. Herman wrote about her participation in Spatula for American Scholar. “Russell and Filippo are the kind of magical teachers who transform people’s lives.”

Tickets for the online version of Spatula are available at flux-flow.com. It will be shown online and in the Flux + Flow studio beginning April 10, 2020.

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