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Freaks With Lines® Debuts Sci-Fi Contemporary Ballet Film NILUS COGUS, via Ballet Project TV

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Freaks With Lines® Debuts Sci-Fi Contemporary Ballet Film NILUS COGUS, via Ballet Project TV

LOS ANGELES - Sept. 7, 2021 - PRLog -- Freaks With Lines, a Los Angeles-based dance company dedicated to nurturing classical ballet, has produced an entirely original contemporary ballet film in collaboration with some of Los Angeles's most innovative freelance artists. Nilus Cogus is a piece about alienation and surveillance featuring six dancers, debuts September 13, 2021 exclusively on Ballet Project TV.

Nilus Cogus elucidates how we are all cogs inside of a machine that is itself being manipulated by some greater phenomenon. In spite of our beliefs and disbeliefs, our awareness or unawareness, we are all simply pawns of this unknowable phenomenon.

Susan Vishmid, Creative Director, Freaks With Lines® and Executive Producer on Nilus Cogus, comments on how she has "always been intrigued with the idea of surveillance and why or how our behaviors change based on whether or not we are being watched." Vishmid continues, "This collaboration came together so organically because it closely mirrors the current state of our technologically inundated world." Director and Co-choreographer Sadie Black points out how "technology, including surveillance, is such a through line in our existence, it was so riveting to witness our dancers work and emote from that truth as their inspiration."

"Being professional dancers, there is a little inner voyeur within each and everyone of us, so someone is always watching even if we aren't performing in front of a live audience. We are the creators and consumers of our own art," adds Vishmid.

Both classically trained professional ballerinas, Vishmid and Black co-choreographed Nilus Cogus in Summer 2020 as a way to continue building their extensive artistic repertoire while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vishmid is the Creator/Executive Producer and co-stars in Nilus Cogus and Black Directed and co-choreographed the piece.

The film also features:

AJ Abrams
Michelle Lebowski
Breanne Wilson
Sofia Rochin
Ottavio Taddei
Jacqueline Valmont

DP/Editor: Meryl Coker
Costumes: Tiffany Smith of Supuhrdesigns
Music: Matthew Young
Lighting: Eric Friedlander

Premiere Date: September 13, 2021 12AM
Exclusively On: BalletProject.TV


About Ballet Project TV

Ballet Project TV is created by artists for artists, ushering in a new digital era of dance. Ballet Project TV is specifically tailored to provide new performance opportunities, resources and revenues to the arts with a concentration on the Classical and Contemporary art forms of dance.

About Freaks With Lines

Freaks With Lines® (FWL) is a Los Angeles based dance company created by Susan Vishmid that serves as a platform to showcase both independent and collaborative works between professional dancers and other creatives in various disciplines. Dancers are FREAKS who live, eat and breathe to create LINES and ultimately scrutinize those creations. Founder Susan Vishmid began her early training at the Westside School of Ballet and through scholarships continued her professional training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School and The Rock School. Ms. Vishmid's professional ballet career includes Pennsylvania Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, San Diego Opera, Chicago Festival Ballet, Napoles Ballet Theatre, California Contemporary Ballet, City of Angels Ballet, California Riverside Ballet, Key West Ballet and Coast City Ballet. Ms. Vishmid is a USC alumnus (cum laude) with a BA in Communication and Philosophy. More info:

Susan Vishmid

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Freaks With Lines Logo dancers: Susan Vishmid & Breanne Wilson dancers: AJ Abrams & Susan Vishmid FULL COMPANY

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