Dance of the Queer
Tide Faeries

Directed and edited by Nadia Oussenko
Director of Photography: Daniel Kullman
Movement by Nadia Oussenko, Rachel Damon, Christopher Knowlton
Music by Bob Garrett

  • Topanga Film Festival, Los Angeles: 2012
  • Dances Made to Order, May Chicago Edition: 2012

Three modern day sprites congregate by the sea. In attempt to freeze the picture-perfect horizon, they paint a backdrop for their colorful dance number.

Dance of the Queer Tide Faeries was made for Dances Made to Order, May 2012. To watch the full video, go to dancesmadetoorder.com and subscribe to the May 2012 edition.

Nothing to See/Hear

Directed and Edited by Nadia Oussenko
Director of Photography: Daniel Kullman
Starring Rachel Damon, Julia Antonick
Music by the Books

  • Screen Dances: Films by Nadia Oussenko, Chicago Filmmakers: 2011
  • Michigan Womyn's Music Festival: 2012

This love story is about two women and their unraveling relationship. As the hostile couple poses in a portrait studio, each person reflects on the intimacy that once was. Set to the bittersweet track A True Story of a Story of True Love by The Books.

Nothing to See/Hear is generously supported by the Richard H. Driehaus foundation and a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

On Falling. . .

Danced, Directed, and Edited by Nadia Oussenko
Director of Photography: Daniel Kullman
Music by Ian Hatcher, John Tweedie, the Books

  • Dance Films Kino, Hyde Park Arts Center: Chicago 2012
  • Screen Dances: Films by Nadia Oussenko, Chicago Filmmakers: 2011
  • What is Love, Links Hall: Chicago, March 2011 (excerpts)
  • Winner of 2010 Gold Hermes Creative Award
  • ADF Dancing for the Camera-International Festival of Film and Video Dance: Durham, NC 2010
  • Dance Films by Jan Bartoszek and Nadia Oussenko-Music Box Theatre/Alliance Francaise: Chicago 2009
  • Dance for the Camera 2009, Chicago Cultural Center: 2009 (excerpt)

This Dance for Camera is composed of vignettes related to the exploration of falling and surrender. Nadia Oussenko and filmmaker Daniel Kullman have experimented in a variety of both public and private spaces as well as an array of different surfaces and structures, discovering how movement, cinematography, outside stimulus, and costuming examines feelings of abandonment, anxiety, and surrender. This dance for the camera also seeks to heighten the viewer's visceral sensation through exploring the dynamic between voyeurism and the mover's point-of-view.

On Falling. . . is generously supported by the Chicago Dancemakers Forum, a consortium of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Links Hall, the Dance Center of Columbia College, and independent dance artists.
On Falling. . . is partially supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Connect 4

Choreographed, Directed, and Edited by Nadia Oussenko
Director of Photography: Daniel Kullman
Dancers: Anna Marks, Caitlin Marz, Keisha Turner, Elizabeth Veile
Music by Martin Dosh

  • Screen Dances: Films by Nadia Oussenko, Chicago Filmmakers: 2011
  • San Francisco Dance Film Festival: San Francisco, 2011
  • Dance & Camera Film Screening, ODC Theater: San Francisco 2010
  • Moves 08 International Festival of Movement on Screen: UK 2008
  • ADF Dancing for the Camera-International Festival of Film and Video Dance: Durham, NC 2007
  • Grace Street Theatre, Virginia Commonwealth University 2007
  • Port Clinton Film Festival: Highland Park, IL 2008

Connect 4 uses four dancers who work within four spaces of a warehouse to connect a single movement phrase.

Revised and Revisited

Choreography/Direction by Erica Mott
Co-Directed and edited by Nadia Oussenko
Director of Photography: Daniel Kullman
Sound by Ryan Ingebritsen

  • Dance Films Kino, Hyde Park Art Center: Chicago 2012
  • Screen Dances: Films by Nadia Oussenko, Chicago Filmmakers, 2011

Revised and Revisited traces Mott’s memory and absence of memory of her ancestry. Through her body, she traces her family’s journey to America through present incorporating the movement based rituals that have kept them together and ones that have pulled them apart.

Revised and Revisited is supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

My Name is a Blackbird- a dance film by Nadia Oussenko

Produced by Molly Shanahan
Cinematography, Direction, Editing by Nadia Oussenko

  • Hyde Park Arts Center: Chicago 2008
  • The Blackbird Screening-LUMA: Chicago 2007

"Blackbird" is an intimate documentary of one year in choreographer Molly Shanahan's transformative movement investigations during the creation of her solo dance performance My Name is a Blackbird, which premiered in April 2007 at The Building Stage in Chicago. Oussenko guides us through Shanahan's enigmatic and provocative movement journey through dance-for-the-camera vignettes interwoven with footage that exposes aspects of an artist and her creative process rarely seen in performance alone.