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In This Life

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In This Life – An Exploration of Grief in Five Acts

ALL ARTS to broadcast the short film directed by Bat-Sheva Guez and starring Robbie Fairchild – exploring five stages of grief through dance and performance art choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, Andrea Miller, Warren Craft, James Alsop and Robbie Fairchild


US Premiere Wednesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. on the ALL ARTS New York-area broadcast channel, free national streaming app &


(NEW YORK – July 27, 2020) ALL ARTS, the free broadcast and digital platform dedicated to the arts, announced today the broadcast premiere of In This Life – An Exploration of Grief in Five Acts, starring Robbie Fairchild. The short film, directed by Bat-Sheva Guez, will premiere on the ALL ARTS New York-area broadcast channel on Wednesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. It will also be available to watch for free nationwide through the ALL ARTS free streaming app and website.

Bat-Sheva Guez also co-wrote and produced the short film with Robbie Fairchild, who also choreographed the final act performance titled “Acceptance.” Other notable choreographers involved are Warren Craft (“Denial”), James Alsop (“Anger”), Andrea Miller (“Bargaining”) and Christopher Wheeldon (“Depression”).

Film Synopsis
In This Life explores grief as a painful physical experience without words. This film illustrates the five stages of grief through dance, narrative scenes and performance art, conveying the complexity of loss in the often wordless, way it impacts all our lives. It is journey of grieving the person we used to be prior to major loss and accepting the new version of ourselves, often fraught with rage and pain.

Run Time: 12 minutes

Production Credits
Directed by Bat-Sheva Guez. Written by Bat-Sheva Guez and Robbie Fairchild. Starring Robbie Fairchild.

James Alsop, Warren Craft, Robbie Fairchild, Andrea Miller and Christopher Wheeldon are Choreographers. Giacomo Belletti is Cinematographer. Karen Weber is Production Designer. Kathleen Laituri, Heather Lang, Rico Lebron, Martha Nichols, Michael Rosen, Ahmad Simmons, Ryan Steele, Abby Stephensen, Cassandra Surianello and Julien Valme are Performers.

For ALL ARTS, Kristy Geslain is Senior Producer. Joe Harrell is Senior Director. Diane Masciale and Neal Shapiro are Executives in Charge.

New York-Area TV Channel Listings
Digital Antenna: 21.4
Comcast: 958/1156
Optimum: 144
Spectrum: 1276
Verizon Fios: SD 497/HD 498

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Leadership support for ALL ARTS is generously provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, and The Agnes Varis Trust.

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About Robbie Fairchild
One of the world’s preeminent dancers, Robbie Fairchild is known for his work as a Principal Dancer for the New York City Ballet. He then made his Broadway debut as Jerry Mulligan in An American in Paris and was nominated for a Tony Award for the role. Robbie portrays Munkustrap in the film adaptation of CATS for Universal Pictures.

His many awards include the 2015 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, the 2015 Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer, and the 2015 Theatre World Award.

His theater credits also include Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein at Signature Theater, Brigadoon at New York City Center, and his tv credits include Soundtrack on Netflix, and The Chaperone on PBS among others.

About Bat-Sheva Guez
Bat-Sheva Guez is passionate about weaving dance and magic into visually compelling, character-driven stories. She has directed over a dozen short films and screened at festivals worldwide including the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Rhode Island Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, the Brooklyn Film Festival and more.  She was a finalist for the 2020 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship, the recipient of the JT3 Artist Award for Screenwriting & Directing and has been awarded screenwriting residencies by New York Stage and Film, the Lighthouse Film Festival and the Nostros Screenwriting Retreat in Tuscany.

Awards include Best Director at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Moondance Film Festival, Best Cinematography and Best Musical for two different films at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and Best Experimental at the Brooklyn Film Fest, among others. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, LA Review of Books, Dance Magazine, and more.

Upcoming projects include the feature films, And How She- which she has both written and will direct and Lovella (written by Laurel Elizabeth Hasara).  More at



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