The Decay Project is a series of movement-based short films born out of broken down and/or decayed spaces in our everyday landscape.  From natural disasters to spaces left in ruin by years of neglect, The Decay Project finds beauty in unexpected places through collaborations with local artists. Rather than focusing on the issues that caused these stages of decay, it is the project’s goal to focus on beauty through rebuilding, sustaining, or reflecting. In today’s social climate, beauty tends to have ridged constraints, and this project seeks to shine a new light on unconventional beauty in both the space and the performers.

Each of the five dance films in this project will start with a residency between NYC based BODYART and local movement artists, composers, musicians and videographer(s). For each of the films it is BODYART’s goal to work with artists who reside in the area close to the filming venue. Drawing on local experiences, these films will be a culmination of a creative collaboration, leaving everyone in the creative team as much an author of the story as the next.  With so much history embedded in the skeletons of many of these locations, The Decay Project seeks to bring new generation of audiences to these striking spaces.


After the Final Curtain

Set in the once opulent Majestic Theater, originally completed in 1917 by the Lowes family, this 3,500-seat movie palace has sat empty and completely untouched since 1968. Now at a crossroads, the Majestic awaits it’s death sentence as the community that surrounds it cannot afford to revitalize the space.

With boarded up windows and decaying tapestries, BODYART uses this cavernous space to tell a story of light as a metaphor for the souls that once inhabited the theater, in a short dance film. The hauntingly beautiful music was created by area composer/pianist Benjamin Shelton and cellist Matthew Frey with movement creation and performance from BODYART Dance Company..  In addition to this film being a part of the Decay Project, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has endorsed this project and will use this film in a campaign to help save the Majestic Theater.

Première: Triskelion Dance Film Festival (2015)

This project is being made possible in part by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The town of Bridgeport, CT and the Queens Arts Council.


Queens, NY is the most diverse county in America, with over 138 officially spoken languages. This film, set in the remains of the officer’s quarters in Fort Totten Park, looks at what moves us. With intimate stories from several local residents,  stories of immigration, displacement, life and death come together to highlight the rich diversity of this borough through movement.


This film is being funded in part by the Queens Arts Council. 


There is nothing “beautiful” about the aftermath of New Zealand’s recent earthquakes: certainly not the lives it claimed, the city it changed forever, nor the property that was lost. In the 3rd dance film in this series, re (BUILD), BODYART will work with local dancers, composers and filmmakers through a 2 week residency to create a work born out of the beauty of building and rebuilding. With New Zealand’s visually rich landscape options juxtaposed with the still rebuilding city of Christchurch, this film showcases beauty in support, both literally (through strong partnering between dancers) and implied (through the filming of broken down support structures).

Dance Films

Two Birds

  • Calarts – 2015
  • Performers
  • Kelsey Long
  • Jun Hung Cho


  • Calarts – 2014
  • Performers
  • Dina Laso
  • Jake Harkey