The Chrysalis Project

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Project Lead:

Hannah Schneider (St John's College)



Stefanie Batten Bland

Erika Vega

Four Eyes Productions





About the project:

CHRYSALIS is a series of six videos, spanning six countries, that explores the idea that a particular kind of metamorphosis, transformation, and hope is only possible in a place of darkness. Each video is a fusion of the media of classical music, dance, and film, featuring original choreography set to new compositions recorded by the Oxford Alternative Orchestra (OAO). Under the artistic direction of conductor Hannah Schneider, the project comprises award-winning choreographers in Burkina Faso, the U.S., Russia, New Zealand, Korea, and the UK. Through the medium of film, each choreographer explores different interpretations of hope that have been illuminated, and even enhanced, by the darkness of the global pandemic we are all still experiencing. CHRYSALIS: Americas takes an allegorical approach to the theme of ‘chrysalis’, drawing on Aztec rituals of birth and death to explore the idea of emergence from a dark place into something grander and more complete.

“Our aim for CHRYSALIS was to instil hope by finding new forms of artistic collaboration during the pandemic, across borders and oceans; we could not have done that without support, and HCP has made this possible. We’re so delighted to be able to bring this vision to life and share it with others.” - Hannah Schneider 



Hannah Schneider:

Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the

future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.