Fall For Dance North: The Flip Side | A Gathering

A Gathering

A new dance film directed by Bobbi Jean Smith, uniquely exploring how dance students are continuing their education. Part of Fall for Dance North’s 6th edition, “The Flip Side”, Sept. 29–Oct.18, 2020

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.



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

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.


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.