Ilana Goldman

Choreographer - Dancer - Educator - Filmmaker


Screenings: ScreenDance Festival Sweden in Stockholm; Braga International Video Dance Festival in Portugal; St. Petersburg International Film Festival in Russia (Jury Award); Light Moves Festival of Screendance in Ireland; Thessaloniki Cinedance International Festival in Greece; Mexico City Videodance Festival; Los Angeles Dance Shorts Festival; Front & Main Film Festival in California (Audience Choice Award); Benicia Film Festival in California; Jacksonville Dance Film Festival in Florida; Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in Colorado; EnCore Dance on Film 2018 in Atlanta; finalist in Toronto's Alternative Film Festival; featured in WomenCinemakers magazine

This short dance film is an investigation of identity, migration, and displacement, set against the backdrop of America's most dramatic and dynamic landscapes. From Seattle and St. Louis to Mt. Rushmore and variously magnificent national parks, InterState explores the connection (or lack thereof) between living organisms and habitat, at every turn questioning the idea of a "natural environment." Each new location provides an opportunity for the soloist to unearth a symbiotic way of moving in relation to the environment while simultaneously maintaining a sense of self, physically holding onto idiosyncrasies regardless of place, space, or time.


Screenings: Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema in Boulder, CO; International Screendance Festival at the American Dance Festival; DesArts//DesCinés International Videodance Competition in Saint-Étienne, France; Outlet Dance Project Film Festival in Hamilton, NJ; Movies by Movers Film Festival in Boone, NC; Dance Film Day at Performance Works NW in Portland, OR; World Dance Alliance Digital Dance Concert in Honolulu, HI, Opening Doors Film Festival in Seattle, WA; Tampa Bay Arts and Entertainment Film Showcase in Tampa, FL; Chief Theatre and Perry-Mansfield Evening of Dance, both in Steamboat Springs, CO; Evening of Dance, FSU School of Dance.

In this experimental short dance film, the discordant image of train tracks within a redwood forest serves as the backdrop for the investigation of mankind’s relationship with nature. The fragile balance and the precarious quality of our connection are explored as we follow the journey of two lives converging in this magical landscape.


This film was commissioned by Victor and Faye Morgenstern in conjunction with Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs, CO. It has been screened at the Tampa Bay Arts and Entertainment Film Showcase, the 19th Annual California Independent Film Festival, Amarcord Chicago Arthouse Television and Video Festival, and the Dance on Film Series at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, CO. It was selected by Dance Teacher Magazineas Video of the Month.

Fledgling arises from the discovery and growth that occur every summer at historic Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. Founded in 1913, it is the oldest continuously operating performing arts camp in the country. A host of famous dance luminaries have graced its soil, including the likes of José Limón, Agnes de Mille, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Hanya Holm, Merce Cunningham, and Louis Horst. Ilana’s experiences as a student, and later, a teacher, at Perry-Mansfield informed the narrative for the film. The viewer sees Perry-Mansfield through the eyes of a young girl as she wanders through its magnificent campus. The dancing figures that appear and disappear like ghosts embody the legacy and history of Perry-Mansfield, as well as signify the future potential of this young dancer.

Give & Take

This is a screendance version of the duet Give and Take, which was originally performed at a showcase for selected choreographers working under the mentorship of Doug Varone. The duet derives inspiration from the role of chance in the creative process and the way that movement generated spontaneously can be shaped to create meaning. This parallels the way that serendipity often impacts the development of life’s relationships, but conscious choices and manipulations come into play as they evolve.