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a gathering

presented with Fall for Dance North

A dancer walks away from the camera through a grassy field, carrying a chair over their shoulder.

a gathering

A new dance film by Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber

Co-presented by Fall for Dance North, external link (FFDN) and Ryerson School of Performance
Presented as part of Fall for Dance North's 6th edition festival, The Flip Side, featuring live and digital experiences from Sept. 29 – Oct.18, 2020

Directors: Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber
Collaborator: Shamel Pitts
Performers: 46 Students from Ryerson School of Performance Dance Program


Premiers Live

Oct. 4 at 2:00pm

Featuring a live talk with the creative team.

How to Tune-In

On October 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST, visit the website below and click "Watch Now" 

Watch the official trailer!

Video Description

The black and white video shows various dancers carrying tables and chairs to unlikely places in natural settings (forests, fields, on boats etc.). Towards the end, the dancers sit down at their tables and looked at their cameras somberly. The videos credits and event details (listed above) appear at the end. Featuring original music by Emanuel Keller. The music is gentle and features piano, low string instruments, and percussion.

About "a gathering"

How are they staying the course?

For dancers at Ryerson School of Performance in Toronto, a remote creative process offered continuity when their dance courses were disrupted. Dance artist/filmmakers Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber, together with collaborator Shamel Pitts, are former Batsheva Dance Company members and Gaga teachers based in the United States. Through creative prompts and coaching, students document their at-home choreographic explorations.

Witness a gathering, a new dance film by Smith and Schraiber dedicated to dance students worldwide whose educations have been impacted by the pandemic – and inspiring them to stay the course.

FFDN continues its long-standing partnership with Ryerson School of Performance in this project.

Creative Team

Bobbi Jene Smith's Headshot

Bobbi Jene Smith

Choreographer / Co-Director

Bobbi Jene Smith an alumnus of The Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Her choreography has been presented by The Batsheva Dance Company, CORPUS of The Royal Danish Ballet, and many more. She is a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company, was awarded The Harkness Promise Award and was the Martha Duffy Resident Artist at Baryshnikov Art Center. Bobbi’s film work includes, “Annihilation” (Alex Garland), “MA” (Celia Rowlson-Hall), “Yossi” (Eytan Fox), and her documentary "Bobbi Jene" ( Tribeca Film Festival, Best Documentary 2017). Bobbi starred in and choreographed feature films, “Mari” (Georgia Parris, choreography Maxine Doyle, BFI premiere) and “Aviva” (Boaz Yakin, SXSW). Photo by Matthew Placek.

Or Schraiber's Headshot

Or Schraiber

Co-director / Editor

Or Schraiber was born in the city of Jerusalem and was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company. Or studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio in NYC. He starred in and co-choreographed Boaz Yakin’s feature film ‘AVIVA’, played ‘Thaddeus’ in Terrence Malick’s ‘The Last Planet’and joined the National Tour of the 10 Tony-awards Broadway production ‘The Band’s Visit.’ Or collaborated with Bobbi Jene Smith on ‘Solo At Dusk’ commissioned by the ‘Los Angeles Dance Project’ and five short dance film portraits commissioned by the ‘Corpus Dance Company.’ Or is a core member of the American Modern Opera Company, and a certified ‘Gaga’ teacher.

Shamael Pitts Headshot

Shamel Pitts


Shamel Pitts is a performance artist, choreographer, conceptual artist, dancer, spoken word artist, and teacher. Shamel trained at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts in Booklyn, NY, The Ailey School, and was a 2003 YoungArts Finalist. Shamel is a graduate of The Juilliard School. He began his dance career in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance and BJM_Danse Montreal. Shamel danced with Batsheva Dance Company and is a certified Gaga teacher. Shamel has created a triptych of multidisciplinary performance art works entitled: BLACK BOX: Little Black Book Of RED, BLACK VELVET: Architectures And Archetypes, and BLACK HOLE: Trilogy And Triathlon. He is an adjunct at The Juilliard School and has been an artist in residence at Harvard University. Photo by Scott Shaw.