Dancer looking out into the distance
Dancer looking out into the distance

Lost in the physical memories of the past, she longs to be caught, thrown, and held by her acrobatic partner. Based on my own experience as a “base” in a partner acrobatic duo, I wanted to capture the intimate details of Hand to Hand technique while also addressing the loss I felt when I stopped practicing with my partner. These physical memories become her past, present and future, as she faces a new reality alone. My reality. Tragically, my acrobatic partner passed away some years ago unexpectedly and yet I continue to feel his weight on my shoulders. He was also my brother. This film is dedicated to him. Raphael Cruz.

Francisco Cruz, Associate Artistic Director of The 7 Fingers, directs circus performers Harley McLeish and Anne-Marie Godin in Catch Me, exploring partner acrobatic hand to hand technique and original composition by Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Arum Rae.

Director: Francisco Cruz
Featuring: Harley McLeish and Anne-Marie Godin
Music composed by: Arum Rae and and Sami Freeman
Color: Will Adashek   
Cinematography / Edit: Francisco Cruz
Produced by Jacob Jonas The Company
Executive Producer/Creative Director: Jacob Jonas
Producers: Jill Wilson, Emma Rosenzweig-Bock
Associate Producers: Joy Isabella Brown, Francisco Cruz, Steve Hackman, Emily Kikta, Rubberlegz, Anibal Sandoval, Mike Tyus, Peter Walker, Christian Stroble
Co-presented by Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater, Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, and Stanford Live