Today’s chess video



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white road Dance Media (wrDM) is an NYC-based dance company founded by Marisa Gruneberg in 2003.  On its website their mission is set out very clearly: ”wrDM is committed to creating and performing contemporary dance work that is intellectual, accessible, and artistically refined. Movement is everything, exploration is a must, new territory demands our attention.”


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wrDM performs the work of Director Marisa Gruneberg, a choreographer and filmmaker creating work in New York City. Marisa’s passion is building new worlds with moving images, stating that, “Place and identity are very important to me when I’m making a new work – building the world, its bones and roots, its texture and how it ultimately feels.”

”The beauty for making dance for film is that you can take it anywhere and see it any time. It could be performed in Argentina as we sit here talking. The moment is preserved…Someone recently told me that this profession is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. I think people today are bombarded with the notion that New York is no longer an artist friendly city. I don’t believe this to be true. That’s not to say it isn’t difficult to get something started here. To keep going can be a challenge, because you’re constantly being faced with a new obstacle. For me, I love the struggle. New York can be a big bad wolf of a city, but I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”





a game of chess

Created directed shot edited performed by Marisa Gruneberg for wrDM. Sound by Chad Raines. Words from “A Game of Chess,” The Waste Land, TS Eliot , a poem of more than 400 lines and considered by many as one of the most influential poems of the 20th century. The poem follows the legends of the Holy Grail and the Fisher King. The film below begins with a conversation:

“My nerves are bad tonight. Yes, bad. Stay with me.

“Speak to me. Why do you never speak. Speak.

  “What are you thinking of? What thinking? What?

“I never know what you are thinking. Think.”

Filmed on location at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA as part of the Field’s Artward Bound Artist Residency c 2015 white road Dance Media

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