T E N E T: a dance film

T E N E T is a dance film for seven female dancers with shaved heads, an anthem for angry women.  Choreographed by Sarah Esser & directed by Jason Diaz, the film is a rejection of gender norms, a rejection of the policing of women's bodies, a rejection of a monolithic ideal of femininity.  Please check out our crowdfunding page!

  Jacqueline Dugal (dancer)  is a Queens based dancer, choreographer, and educator originally from West Palm Beach, Florida.  She received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from The University of South Florida in Tampa and launched Dugal Dance Projects in 2016. Jacqui has studied and performed abroad in France, Italy, Trinidad & Tobago, and Mexico.  In New York, she has performed with The Von Howard Project, Roschman Dance Company, Michiyaya Dance, and Impact Movement Collective.  Her choreographic work has been showcased in France, Florida, New York, and North Carolina in various festivals and showcases, including The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival.  Jacqui has been commissioned by the Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, The International Human Rights Arts Festival, and awarded Director’s Choice at Spoke The Hub’s Winter Follies 2016.  Selected for Mare Nostrum Elements Emerging Choreographer’s Series as a 2016 participant and 2017 returning choreographer.  DugalDance.com 

Jacqueline Dugal (dancer) is a Queens based dancer, choreographer, and educator originally from West Palm Beach, Florida.  She received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from The University of South Florida in Tampa and launched Dugal Dance Projects in 2016. Jacqui has studied and performed abroad in France, Italy, Trinidad & Tobago, and Mexico.  In New York, she has performed with The Von Howard Project, Roschman Dance Company, Michiyaya Dance, and Impact Movement Collective.  Her choreographic work has been showcased in France, Florida, New York, and North Carolina in various festivals and showcases, including The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival.  Jacqui has been commissioned by the Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, The International Human Rights Arts Festival, and awarded Director’s Choice at Spoke The Hub’s Winter Follies 2016.  Selected for Mare Nostrum Elements Emerging Choreographer’s Series as a 2016 participant and 2017 returning choreographer.  DugalDance.com 

  Trinity Bobo (dancer) , a native of Sun Prairie, WI, is a dancer, choreographer, and visual artist currently based in New York.  She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago in Spring 2016.  She currently dances and is Company Manager of ChristinaNoel and The Creature.  She has performed in works by Tosha “Ayo” Alston, Peter Carpenter, Hope Goldman, Jeff Hancock, Darrell Jones, Kelsa Robinson, Lisa Gonzales, and Onye Ozuzu.  Trinity has supplemented her training at American Dance Festival-Winter, Module with Sidra Bell Dance New York, The School at Jacob’s Pillow,  and Gaga technique with Doron Raz.

Trinity Bobo (dancer), a native of Sun Prairie, WI, is a dancer, choreographer, and visual artist currently based in New York.  She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago in Spring 2016.  She currently dances and is Company Manager of ChristinaNoel and The Creature.  She has performed in works by Tosha “Ayo” Alston, Peter Carpenter, Hope Goldman, Jeff Hancock, Darrell Jones, Kelsa Robinson, Lisa Gonzales, and Onye Ozuzu.  Trinity has supplemented her training at American Dance Festival-Winter, Module with Sidra Bell Dance New York, The School at Jacob’s Pillow,  and Gaga technique with Doron Raz.

  Jason Diaz (director, editor)  graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Communications and a concentration in Film.  He lives and works in New York City as a freelance director and editor for commercial/independent projects.  Some of his notable clients include Nike, Timberland, and Sidewalk Labs.  Coming from a strong foundation in hip-hop dance styles, he enjoys working on projects that involve music and movement.  He loves the creative process, and enjoys collaboration with other filmmakers and artists!

Jason Diaz (director, editor) graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Communications and a concentration in Film.  He lives and works in New York City as a freelance director and editor for commercial/independent projects.  Some of his notable clients include Nike, Timberland, and Sidewalk Labs.  Coming from a strong foundation in hip-hop dance styles, he enjoys working on projects that involve music and movement.  He loves the creative process, and enjoys collaboration with other filmmakers and artists!

 
  Mariah Davis (dancer)  grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho and began her dance training at a small dance studio in the valley.  She then progressed with her dance education at Cornish College of the Arts as an undergraduate in the dance program; receiving her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree.  Throughout her years of dancing she has had the honor of working with or training under Ballet Idaho, Eugene Ballet, Sidra Bell, and Joffrey Ballet School in New York.  She has also performed the works of Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Trey McIntyre, Jose Limon, Stephanie Liapis, Joshua Crouch, Patricia Hon, Deb Wolf, and Wade Madsen.  Mariah has since relocated to New York as a freelancer in dance, music, writing, and performance art.

Mariah Davis (dancer) grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho and began her dance training at a small dance studio in the valley.  She then progressed with her dance education at Cornish College of the Arts as an undergraduate in the dance program; receiving her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree.  Throughout her years of dancing she has had the honor of working with or training under Ballet Idaho, Eugene Ballet, Sidra Bell, and Joffrey Ballet School in New York.  She has also performed the works of Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Trey McIntyre, Jose Limon, Stephanie Liapis, Joshua Crouch, Patricia Hon, Deb Wolf, and Wade Madsen.  Mariah has since relocated to New York as a freelancer in dance, music, writing, and performance art.

Lillian Joergensen (dancer) is a dancer from Philadelphia, PA.  She studied dance with a minor in French at Rutgers University, where she worked with choreographers and faculty Paulette Sears, Doug Elkins, Keith Thompson, Chien-Ying Wang, and Netta Yerushalmy, as well as choreographing her own work.  Outside of dance, she is an enthusiast of the Brazilian martial art capoeira and a certified Pilates instructor.

 
  Elya Osmanova (dancer)  is originally from Baku, Azerbaijan.  She did her BA in Film Studies at Kingston University London and partial of her studies in Istanbul, Turkey.  She started her dance training at the age of 17, with Latin partner dancing while she was a Film student in London.  She moved to New York in 2014, to train in Dance full time and widen her knowledge in other styles, by starting an International Program at Broadway Dance Center.  She is currently a student at Peridance Capezio Center, focusing on styles such as Contemporary and Ballet, but also training in Hip Hop and other styles. She is also currently training under Nadine Bommer Dance Company.

Elya Osmanova (dancer) is originally from Baku, Azerbaijan.  She did her BA in Film Studies at Kingston University London and partial of her studies in Istanbul, Turkey.  She started her dance training at the age of 17, with Latin partner dancing while she was a Film student in London.  She moved to New York in 2014, to train in Dance full time and widen her knowledge in other styles, by starting an International Program at Broadway Dance Center.  She is currently a student at Peridance Capezio Center, focusing on styles such as Contemporary and Ballet, but also training in Hip Hop and other styles. She is also currently training under Nadine Bommer Dance Company.

  Kallie Leski (dancer)  is a choreographer, dancer, and visual artist based in New York City.  Originally from Colorado, she trained there through high school before relocating to study dance in Marymount Manhattan College’s prestigious program.  In 2016, she graduated with her BA in Dance as a Teaching Techniques concentration, a Studio Art minor, and considerable experience in choreography.  She has trained in contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, and modern techniques such as Graham, Horton, O’Donnell, and Limon to name a few.  She has performed works by Sidra Bell, Ohad Naharin, Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, David Parsons, Jessica Hendricks, Alberto del Saz, Sans Limites Dance, BABEL, and Nancy Lushington among others.  She has also worked with  MADBOOTS’ Austin Diaz and Jonathan Campbell, Jon Bond, Igal Perry, Loni Landon, Catherine Cabeen, Ron Amit, and more.  She is currently teaching, performing, and choreographing in the New York City area and beyond.

Kallie Leski (dancer) is a choreographer, dancer, and visual artist based in New York City.  Originally from Colorado, she trained there through high school before relocating to study dance in Marymount Manhattan College’s prestigious program.  In 2016, she graduated with her BA in Dance as a Teaching Techniques concentration, a Studio Art minor, and considerable experience in choreography.  She has trained in contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, and modern techniques such as Graham, Horton, O’Donnell, and Limon to name a few.  She has performed works by Sidra Bell, Ohad Naharin, Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, David Parsons, Jessica Hendricks, Alberto del Saz, Sans Limites Dance, BABEL, and Nancy Lushington among others.  She has also worked with  MADBOOTS’ Austin Diaz and Jonathan Campbell, Jon Bond, Igal Perry, Loni Landon, Catherine Cabeen, Ron Amit, and more.  She is currently teaching, performing, and choreographing in the New York City area and beyond.