Interview: Celia Rowlson-Hall Lives the Dance

Celia Rowlson Hall Lives the Dance1

The enthusiasm of this young and ambitious New Yorker is undeniable. Hard work, focus and determination are the traits responsible for Celia Rowlson-Hall‘s accomplishments, but she can also ascribe her success to her diverse set of abilities: as a trained dancer, she does choreography for a handful of music bands while finding time to pursue her passion for making films. We used this great opportunity to speak with Celia about a few important milestones in her life. 

Julija: When did you realize you wanted to dedicate your life to dance?

Celia: My parents clearly remember my five year-old self declaring that I was going to be a ballerina in New York City. So it’s been a while.

Julija: Do you still want to be a ballerina?

Celia: Oh yes, I still want to be one!

Julija: Do you remember your first performance in front of a crowd?

Celia: Yes, I was 5 and was a snowflake. I could still do the moves for you.

Julija: How did you feel?

Celia: I refused to wear anything but that snowflake costume for months. So needless to say- amazing.

Julija: Where did you graduate from?

Celia: I graduated from University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Modern Dance.

Julija: So how did you get into filmmaking then?

Celia: When I moved to New York, I began getting jobs like dancing and choreographing for music videos and simply fell in love with the process. I love the challenge, the ridiculous hours, the collaborative element – and so I thought I would explore filmmaking as my vehicle of expression for a while – and so far I am loving it!

Julija: Tell us about Prom Night. Was it your debut film?

Celia: Prom Night isn’t my debut. I’d made a couple of other videos before it, but this one feels the most “me” out of everything I have made to date.

Julija: How long did it take to make it?

Celia: The shoot was around 12 hours, but there were countless hours of conceiving, prepping, costuming, rehearsing, editing, etc.

Julija: Were you satisfied with the result?

Celia: That’s a tough question. Because I am so close to the material, it’s hard not to obsess over the flaws. But in the same breath – yes I am satisfied with the result – and ready to make more work.

Julija: What are the projects you are currently working on?

Celia: I’m finishing up a couple of fashion videos and music videos that I directed and then heading into the studio to work on a new dance film that’s taking over my brain. And always looking for more work!

Julija: What music do you listen to?

Celia: Anything and everything – I’m not picky.  But I will say that I love watching Jon Brion performing so very much.

Julija: Do bands often ask you to help with choreography?

Celia: Yes, I’ve choreographed for some pretty awesome bands! Chromeo, MGMT, Sleigh Bells, Sondre Lerche, Sebastian, and Erika Spring to name a few.

Julija: What are your plans for 2012?

Celia: Direct a feature film.

Julija: Name a few things that you are proud of.

Celia: Proud? May I name a few things I feel lucky about instead? I feel lucky that I live in this city, have the friends that I have, and am able to make the work I want to make.