"I chose to be an artist in order to express my take on society through filmmaking, valuing the opportunities for audiences to observe their surrounding world from fresh, interpersonal perspectives. I’ve also always been fascinated with the artform of physical movement and its ability to communicate stories through unspoken performance. These elements takes the viewer's imagination into uncharted worlds while challenging the performer to be a great physical actor. The camera’s specificity and focus prepares every part of the performer’s body and soul for a thrilling and inspiring experience. Even the simplest gestures are meaningful. I have been a professional dance artist for the last 15 years of my career and discovering film has opened myself up to new artistic possibilities. My new craft has now enabled me to enhance the artist’s performance through the use of the camera."
Dance artist and filmmaker Yelena Konetchy lives in Austin, Texas, where she performs, teaches and choreographs for the stage and screen. Her dance film Solace Is screened at the Austin Short Film Festival in fall 2016, New York City Independent Film Festival May of 2017, and DDCF Dance Film Fest August of 2017. Her second dance film, Bloom ran semi-finalist at Austin Arthouse Film Festival in 2018 and won best experimental film at Transform Film Festival in 2019. Bloom held its premiere screening in 2018 at Emergence: A Collection of Films in which Yelena had hosted. She has also currently finished The Ivory Seed to be screened at the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival in 2020.
Yelena began her career at The Illinois Ballet, followed by Charleston Ballet Theatre, Thel Dance Theatre as Company Manager, and a free- lance artist.
She has worked with Sally Bliss of Tudor Foundation, Amanda McKerrow, Andrei Bossov, Grace Holmes, Meg Brooker, Lori Belilove, and Dawn Karlovsky. She is also certified in Vaganova Ballet Technique on scholarship by Ballet Master John White, RAD syllabus by Lynn Wallis, and Lester Horton technique under Ana Marie Forsythe. She can also be found in the Library of Congress from the Isadora Duncan International Symposium.
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Emergence: A Collection of Films at Austin Film Society Cinemas, funded by The Creative Fund and Indiegogo campaign for dance film "Bloom", screenings of emerging independent filmmakers from Austin and around the world (2018).
DIRECTING EXPERIENCE FOR FILM
Director - "Lacrimosa" (2019) - a film by Yelena Konetchy
Director - "Bloom" (2018)- Fiscally sponsored by From The Heart Productions and Austin Creative Alliance and winner of the Community Initiatives Award from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division - a film by Yelena Konetchy
Assistant Director - "The Tree" (2018) - Chamacos Dance Company
Director - "The Ivory Seed" (2019) - written by Donna McDelowney - a film by Yelena Konetchy
Director/Choreographer/Dancer (2016) - "Solace Is" - Fiscally Sponsored by B*Tru Arts Productions - a film by Yelena Konetchy
CHOREOGRAPHY/DANCE FOR FILM and OTHER FILM RELATED WORK
Extra - Coca-Cola Commercial 2019
Dance Captain/Dancer - LG Commercial ft. John Orr - Hitrecord Productions
Ballet Dancer - The Bear Commercial - The Bear
Ballet Dancer - Gold Bond Commercial - Gold Bond
Principal Dancer - Camena Saltare Infusio (Short Film) - Thomas Knox Dir.
Choreographer/Dancer - False Mirror (Short Film) - Bonnie Cox Dir.
Contemporary Dance - Come Find Trap (Music Video ft. Meganoke) - Stephanie Chavez Dir.
CHOREOGRAPHY/DANCE FOR THE STAGE
Austin Dance Festival 2019 with Chamacos Dance Company
Company Dancer - ProprioKinesico 2019 - Chamacos Dance Company
Lead Solo Dancer - Illusory Impressions 2018 - Catherine Davis Dir.
Dancer - Dancestry: Beckoning 2017 - Meg Brooker Dir.
Choreographer/Dancer - Stealing Christmas Gateway Church 2017 - Stacey Brewer Dir.
Choreographer/Dancer - Suzanne Monroe CD Release Party 2016 - Suzanne Monroe Dir.
Choreographer/Dancer - 3rd Annual Inspiro Festival 2015 - Aisha Melhem Dir.
Choreographer/Dancer/Actor - Man in the MIddle (Frontera Festival 2015) - Aisha Melhem Dir.
Choreographer/Dancer - 2nd Annual Inspiro Festival 2014 - Aisha Melhem Dir.
Choreographer/Dancer - Crank Collective's "Boom Town" 2014 - John Cecil Dir.
Choreographer/Dancer - Austin Shakespeare 2014 - Ann Cicollela Dir.
Choreographer/Dancer - Austin Dance Festival 2014 - Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dir.
Dance Captain/Dancer - Let It Be Christmas Gateway Church 2014- Stacey Brewer Dir.
Dancer - Fantasies and Illusions 2014 -Eugenio Zapata Dir.
Choreographer/Dancer - Crank Collective's "Cabeza De Vaca" 2014 - John Cecil Dir.
CAMERA (1st & 2nd UNIT)
Umlauf Sculpture Garden Auction 2020
Giselle - Ballet Austin - Farid Zarrinabadi DP
Pieces of Passion - Ballet Austin - Farid Zarrinabadi DP
The Nutcracker - Ballet Austin - Farid Zarrinabadi DP
The Ugly Duckling - Ballet Austin II - Farid Zarrinabadi DP
The Firebrid - Ballet Austin - Farid Zarrinabadi DP
Austin Camerata Reinventions at the Long Center Rollins Studio - Farid Zarrinabadi DP
Fieldtrip (dance film) - Kira Blazek Ziaii Dir.
Austin Artists Interviews with Creative Expressions - Kisha CG Dir.
Capital Crew Productions - Production Assistant for SXSW 2018
MARKETING - DEVELOPMENT - ADMINISTRATIVE - PERFORMANCE AND DANCE INSTRUCTION
Zilker Theatre Productions
Austin Lyric Opera
Tapestry Dance Studios
St. Edward's University
Austin Theatre Project
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Joyce Willet School of Dance
Austin School of Film 2019 workshops - Lighting for Film and Video, Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro, Aesthetics to Editing, Cinematography I, Cinematography II on scholarship and grant award 'Capacity Building' from the City of Austin.
Arcos Dance Workshops in Austin, TX including Gaga dance with Amy Morrow, certified
Noyes Rhythm Camp
Principia College in Elsah, IL
Illusory Impressions - Nominee of 2017-2018 Critics Table Award
Slashfilm.com - recreation of La La Land December 15th, 2016
Examiner - Austin Dance Festival April 14, 2014
YNN News - featured artist at 2nd annual Inspiro Festival June 2nd, 2014