Synopsis: Shaking in your chair after your first cup of coffee because it’s the only thing you had to look forward to that day. Jamming to music that you should have been listening to with friends. Slipping off your chair feels like slipping off the edge of a cliff, except inside you aren’t dead, just surrendering to this reality.
In this dance film we explore anxious isolation within the mover’s connection to her apartment. Flashes of outside fantasy instill a sense of dream-like desire. Her body craves something. We feel a wink of her longing as she slides down a door frame and smiles; imagining. Then music fills our ears, and these indoor and outdoor women say hello. Two realities blur together—both halfs yearn for the other. In the end, we are left guessing which side of the door she is on.
I strive to blend my passions for film and photography with the dance and performance art community to create professional work. I am constantly studying movement and reflect on youthfulness, the limits of the body and the emotional and physical potential of our flesh. I want to investigate, ingest, and ask questions without the intention of finding answers. I seek infinite research through my work, even the unconventional.
Elyse Mertz is a videographer and photographer based in New Jersey / NYC. She received her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and is also an educator. Her love for dance feeds her work in film and photography. Elyse has studied photography under Whitney Browne and Rose Eichenbaum and photographs for WAXworks, Princeton Youth Ballet, and other various artists. Elyse has created videos for Javier Padilla, Micayla Wynn, and Wear Your Feelings. The short film “how to become an escape artist” featuring Javier Padilla premiered in 2021 through Chop Shop Dance.