an “Other Life” screening

 Did you miss Other Life at the Source Festival this summer?  Now is your chance to see it on the big screen at the Roundhouse Theatre in Silver Spring, MD, November 7-8 at 8pm and November 9 at 3pm. Tickets are only $15. 

Other Life will be screened as part of an evening with Contradiction Dance.


Reviewed in the Washington Post!

Other Life was reviewed in the washington post today!! Click here to read it! So very exciting! Three cheers!

Be sure to come see the last screening of Other Life at the Source Festival tonight at 8pm. 

Next up: November 6-9 at the Roundhouse Theatre, we’ll be screening Other Life along with some new works, and of course the night will be featuring Contradiction Dance.  Check back for more details.


the review…. by Celia Wren in the Washington Post

“To look on the bright side, one of the evening’s three offerings was an elegant and winningly mysterious stylistic melange. “Other Life,” a 15-minute movie by Austin Elston, Emily Gallagher and Kelly Mayfield, told a wistful love story through balletic modern dance and stylish black-and-white footage.

Choreographed by Mayfield (founder and artistic director of Contradiction Dance), the film interwove an intense, closely embracing pas de deux sequence — Mayfield and Boris Willis, in resonant interpretations of two lovers — with sequences evoking an elegant boudoir and (shades of “Anna Karenina” here) a 19th-century train station. Terence Nicholson’s melancholy original score, with its minimalist arpeggios and yearning string sounds, gave way now and then to suspenseful footsteps and ticking clocks. With enigmatic silent-movie-style captions (along the lines of “Doubt returns!”) and resonant imagery — billowing train-station steam, faces captured in an ornate hand mirror, fleeting glimpses of subsidiary characters portrayed by other dancers — the piece was stirring and poignantly open-ended.”

Other Life opens tomorrow!

Come see the premiere of OTHER LIFE featuring the choreography of Kelly Mayfield, the camera skills of Austin Elston, and the editing styles of Emily Gallagher!  Only $15 for tickets.  Buy them here.  July 1 – 3 at 8pm – at the Source Theatre on 14th NW and T St NW.

Next Up: Source Festival


premieres at the Source Festival

July 1 – 3


buy tickets here. only $15!

Art-o-matic: This Friday and Sunday!

Contradiction Dance: An Exchange Between Life & Dance

and short films by Chop Shop Studios

Artomatic 2008

June 6: 7pm cocktails, 8pm concert
June 8: 2 pm concert

5th floor, Dance Stage


Emily Arden, Jasmine Artis, Josh Gilmore Dustin Kimball, Kelly Mayfield

Shooting Complete!

We completed the shoot for the Other Life last night! The Other Life is the brain child of Kelly Mayfield, Austin Elston and myself (Emily Gallagher) and will premiere at the Source Festival the first week of July.

Our dancers were oh-so-tired, but they pulled it off with grace and style (and only a few hilarious tumbles). Here is a shot of Josh Gilmore, Dustin Kimball, Jasmine Artis, and Emily Arden as Doubt.