Run Away – A Dance Short Film

by Marypublished on July 2, 2021

“Run Away” is a short film based around the dance known as Rumba, performed in the International Latin Ballroom style.

The creation of this short film began when I heard “Don’t,” a beautiful and haunting piece of music by my Camila Recchio. I immediately asked her for permission to use it for a dance piece, then began talking to dancers. Natalya and Umario ended up finding inspiration in the song, and after I gave them a few general story beats and concepts and images that I wanted to include, they choreographed the movement and developed the story between the characters.

“Run Away” has many themes, which may mean different things to different people at different times. To me right now, it’s about the death of a relationship. It shows the tragedy of a once-thriving friendship that is now dead at the core. In many ways, this short film deals with similar themes and visual motifs as my short film “Time Withers” (2011) (choreographed by Elisha Thompson), but while that film ends on a hopeful and inspiring note, this one is deeply tragic.

Directed by Garrett Gibbons

Performance and Choreography by Natalya Zrazhevskaya and Umario Diallo

Music: “Don’t” – Camila Recchio