foolsFURY on diaspora

Deborah Eliezer wrote and performed (dis)Place[d] as a reflection about the complexities of identity as a creation of foolsFURY Theater Company. Here's a snipped of her words to contextualize this video: Who has the right to tell stories? In 2008, my father was invited to give his oral history to the National Holocaust Organization. There are two hours of video of my father’s story, one he never spoke about with us kids. It took me 8 years to finally sit down and watch it, because some part of me understood that once I heard the stories, I would be responsible for asking more questions. (dis)Place[d] is my way of grappling with those questions about my own identity through an artistic conversation with my (recently deceased) father.

I grew up thinking I would never be allowed to visit the place my father’s birthplace. Aba never taught me Arabic, and we didn’t speak Hebrew together until I went to live in Israel during college. When he finally sent me a letter while I was on kibbutz in answer to some questions about his kibbutz life, he wrote it in Hebrew which my Hebrew teacher translated for me.

What is the price of forgetting? The Jewish people and the land of Iraq no longer exist, save in the hearts of the diaspora. What was once a thriving culture within a culture is now no longer. We can say that of many peoples. When you displace a people from a place, the voices vanish, too. Iraqi Jews spoke their own Arabic dialect that included Iraqi Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Persian, and Turkish words. They had their own style of liturgical chanting—a beautiful, soulful style which was passed on from one generation to another.

Today, one language dies every 14 days. By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear. Yet many peoples continue to survive without living on the land that binds their identity. The diasporic heart is united by memory, ideas, food, stories and history, the aspirations of our ancestors. The present, while recognized or not, is moving forward only in reference to it. And the land keeps calling.

Iraq was home to the largest and oldest Jewish diaspora, dating back 2500 years. Jews were highly educated, and integrated in Iraqi society. In the early 20th century, 130,000 Jews lived in Iraq, 50% of them in Baghdad. Most left for Israel in a mass exodus forced by the Iraqi government and largely motivated by growing growing anti-semitism in WWII, and the mounting support for the creation of the state of Israel, which came into being in 1948. My father fled Baghdad in 1949, was caught on the Iran-Iraq border and lived in a concentration camp for 2 years, before finally reaching Israel. Today there are fewer than 10 Jews that now live in Iraq.

What are the politics of language and place? A Jew is a Jew is a Jew, right? The predominant perception of Jews in America is that they are from Eastern Europe however there are actually 3 major diasporas (or “dispersions”) of Jews that left ancient Israel based on their migratory tie to the land: Ashkenazis in Eastern Europe who speak a mix of Hebrew and German called Yiddish, Sephardis in Spain and North Africa who speak a mix of Hebrew and Spanish called Ladino, and Mizrahi (or Middle Eastern,) who speak Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi and many other Jewish dialects specific to each country. Iraqi Jews spoke a dialect that was written in Hebrew but spoken Arabic.

What do I claim? This play is a reflection of the complexity of identity in today’s world. It is a journey of map-finding, heart searching and claiming both the light and shadow of who I am.

It is my hope that this play will spark conversations and inspire others to share their stories. I welcome hearing about what you received from the piece and what it sparked in you.

written and performed by Deborah Eliezer

directed by Ben Yalom

camera: Rachel Marks and Jacob Marks

LRP can support your crowdfunding!

Did you know that we also make crowdfunding campaign and other promotional videos? Crowdfunding has been a very successful means of raising money for many entrepreneurs and artists! I wanted to share with you a few recent campaign videos of some meaningful campaigns this season - check them out!

Nourish2Thrive's Window Aquaponics:


Author Rachael Maddox's new book "Sex After Trauma"


Smuin Ballet's annual shoe campaign:

The Fourth Trimester

As a baby is born, so is a new mother. Kimberly Ann Johnson's book The Fourth Trimester (published by Shambhala Publications) details how to care for the postpartum mother. The task is essential, and she will guide you through it. Loren made this short video, so take a peek if you are (or if someone you know is) crossing the threshold into motherhood or if you're just open to the wisdom of the mama.

Music: Dan Phillipson

Featuring: Wendy Taylor, Maria Slocum, Centehua Sage, Elizabeth Griswold, Kristin Hauser, Thomas Hauser

A special thanks to Circe Wallace


Smuin: Shoe Vitality!

Shoes are a vital part of the dancers' experience at Smuin Ballet. Not only do they provide support, but each type of shoe helps the dancer step into her character; you could say it has transformative powers. And believe it or not, a performer might wear 10 different pairs in one ballet! So each year the company raises funds for this essential part of work. If you'd like to help them put their best foot forward watch this video we directed and contribute to their campaign!


camera: Jenny Chu

performance footage: Rapt Productions

music by: Ben Beiny

"Ancient Children" for justice and healing

We are so excited to share this promo video we shot and edited for long time client, Embodiment Project. EP's latest work, "Ancient Children", is inspired by  Shakti Butler's film "Healing Justice" about how restorative justice can disrupt the school to prison pipeline. Artistic Director, Nicole Klaymoon, and her dancer collaborators talk about how they brought forth their own stories and also embody those of others to make this powerful piece. "Ancient Children" previews throughout the west coast in the upcoming months and premieres at ODC in June 2018.

Music: Tama Waipara - Pacifika (Cecil Beatdown)

Camera: Jenny Chu

Precarious SF

For its tenth anniversary season, Hope Mohr Dance responds to the current gentrification problem in the Bay Area with Precarious. A series, it began as a site specific work. It then re-framed and continued in a similar generative process, showing at CounterPulse with a walking tour and Mohr's signature intense and tactile thematic exploration. Check out this highlight edit!

Choreography: Hope Mohr in collaboration with performers

Sound Design: Theodore J.H. Hulsker

Lighting Design: Gabe Maxson

Video Design: David Szlasa

Costume Design: Tegan Schwab


Alonzo King: Blurring the "Lines" with Dance

Here's an example of how we can create an inspirational promotional film utilizing new and existing footage to motivate donors/potential donors. This was shown at Alonzo King LINES Ballet's annual Gala event and then was repurposed to live on the fundraising/donation section of their website:

LRP loves LINES!

Footage courtesy of:

Frank Thibault

Rapt Productions

Loren Robertson Productions/Jenny Chu

Andy Mogg/Dancing Images

BNP Foundation

Music by Jason Moran and Charles Lloyd; Scott Holmes

Tell Your Story with Lauren Marie Fleming

Our awesome client, Lauren Marie Fleming is a writer, educator, and the creator of Bawdy Love, a life-changing program in book form. Her book helps others articulate the stories of their own lives and the stories they want told, which frees them up to live those lives. As well as a book, Bawdy Love is an entire support program with access to a rich community of others who have more support on offer. The result? Positive and healthy living. Can't go wrong there, right?

video: Loren Robertson Productions

music: Gayle Skidmore

No Dominion: The Ian Horvath Story

Loren had the pleasure to work with her beloved colleague Nel Shelby on a new film about the celebrated dancer, AIDS activist and arts advocate Ian Horvath. Check out this trailer she edited! To contribute to the fundraising campaign to fully produce this inspiring documentary, click here.

Cinematographers: Nel Shelby, Loren Robertson, Christopher Duggan

Faith Material Activism

FAITH MATERIAL: ACTIVISM performed at CounterPulse, is a body- and object-bed performance about the urgent importance of believing in things that cannot be proven. The work utilizes physical practices of mediumship, ontological re-animation of objects, and full expression of faith to present a number of intimate domestic scenes of queer solitude-turned-futurism. Jesse Hewit's work is clearly influenced by Haraway’s “new materialism” politics, by the queer re-imagining/survival project of Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and by the creative faith-practices of artist/priest Amara Tabor-­Smith, poet/theologian Marvin K. White, and artist/healer Sara Shelton Mann.

Concept, Choreography, Text, Scenography, Performance: Jesse Hewit

Choreography, Text, Performance: Keyon Gaskin

Choreography, Text: Abby Crain

Light: Zoe Klein

Sound: Robbie Beahrs

Cameras: Jacob Marks, Rachel Marks

REVEL with Rainforest Action Network

ach year LRP has the privilege of documenting Rainforest Action Network's (RAN) event, REVEL. Here's a highlight video of this stellar organization's annual celebration of their successes, its show of gratitude to their community, and a reach for more and continued support in their work across the globe. We need RAN now more than ever!

Music: Afrolicious

Click here to see a good example of how to utilize a highlight/promo video in your organization's website.


Summer with Alonzo King LINES Ballet

We're excited about this promo video we crafted for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer program. This top notch training program not only offers students the opportunity to study and perform with master teachers and choreographers, but it also asks the pupil to explore oneself, body, mind, and spirit and honors every person's unique individuality. Watch these young dancers meet themselves, then take off and fly.

Videography: Jenny Chu

Summer Program performance footage courtesy of Andy Mogg/Dancing Images

Music by SilverHoof; Mozart played by Gianluca Luisi; Roman Razuvaev

LRP clients shining a light through 2016

Each year we make a video of the year in review. Here's a collage of the luminous, forthright, and expertly crafted performance we had the privilege to document in 2016. Have a watch; you'll feel so proud of your fellow artists! And get in our calendar for 2017. The world needs your diverse voices and perspectives. Happy New Year!

Cameras by: Jenny Chu, Laura Lukitsch, Jacob Marks, Rachel Marks, Loren R. Robertson

An Annual Appeal for CounterPulse

  CounterPulse, who opened their doors in the Tenderloin this year, are positioned to help keep artists in SF and to support the revitalization of their new neighborhood by providing a platform for artists to speak their minds without barriers. Check out their 2016 Annual Appeal video that Loren edited, and send some love their way!

Cameras: Jenny Chu, Jacob Marks, Rachel Marks, Loren R. Robertson

Photography by Robbie Sweeny and Kegan Marling

Music by J.L. Kane

Bridging Trisha

Here's a promo we shot and cut for Hope Mohr's 2016 Bridge Project: Ten Artists Respond to Locus, which runs this month, October 14 & 15 at YBCA. The project brings together Diane Madden, 10 Bay Area post-modern artists of varied disciplines, and a very seminal work of the very influential Trisha Brown. Have a look and get your tickets!

And here's a highlight of the show itself:

Do Be? Yes Please!

Do Be will keep you on your toes, replete with lamp shades, balloons, migrating musicians, wardrobes that house people, and of course their phenomenal dancing and exceptional musicianship! Watch this highlight edit LRP made of the equally talented collection of artists from post:ballet and The Living Earth Show.

Choreography: Robert Dekkers with contributions from the dancers

Music curation and performance: Travis Andrews & Andy Meyerson

Costume and Scenic Design: Christian Squires

Lighting Design: Jim French Commissioned Score: Jacob Cooper

Camera: Jacob Marks

Dorrance Dance in Vail

Loren had the honor of shooting and editing dance on the team with Nel Shelby Productions at the Vail International Dance Festival once again this summer, and Dorrance Dance was one of her favorites!

Dorrance Dance honors the tradition of tap dance with compelling rhythms and modern themes. Their's is a new generation, playing with street, club, and experimental dance to change your ideas about tap dance. So amazing! Check them out...

Direction and Choreography by Michelle Dorrance

Lighting by Kathy Kaufmann

Solo Improvisation by the Dancers

Video Produced by Nel Shelby Productions