Aqualillies is a dance / synchronized swimming performance company founded by Mesha Kussman with over 150 performers in the US, EU and Australia. Their work has appeared in countless films, commercials and live performances making them the #1 provider of water entertainment in the world.
A performance / vr film designed in collaboration with Stufish entertainment architects (set designers for U2, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Beyonce…).
A giant cake is a fantasy... and women who emerge from it a fantasy too. Maybe a male fantasy, maybe the collective unconscious. But as the cake explodes... transforming, the women transform too, from sexualized to owning their sexuality. They made this world but you're invited. Cake is the dialogue between presentation and empowerment. Who is the cake for? Can you have your cake and eat it too?
Writers / Directors - Joel & Ethan Coen
Choreographer - Mesha Kussman
Starring Scarlett Johansson + Aqualillies
Dancing With The Stars Macy's 150th Anniversary Special "Dancing Through The Decades".
Creative Directors / Choreographers - Rich + Tone Talauega; Assistant to the Creative Directors / Choreographers - Mesha Kussman; Music - Cab Calloway + James Brown + Common
In The Ring a high concept short film that exposes our human desire to win, even at the expense of love. Director I Co-Choreographer I Editor - Mesha Kussman; Performers I Co-Choreographers - Mayte Valdes + Carlos Barrionuevo; DP - Jon Pears; Music - Abel Korzeniowski + Ara Malikian
Butterfly shot with drones in the desert, this short film centers around the installation “Social-Pool” created by Alfredo Barsuglia. Two futuristic motorcycle-riding nymphs find an aquatic portal and pass through it into another universe.
Director / Editor - Mesha Kussman; Cinematographer: Morgan Schmidt; Music: Bass Nectar ft. Mimi Page; Choreographers / Dancers: Athena Perample, Deirdre Barnes, Mary Jeanette Ramsey; Costumes: Chromat; Stylist: Erica Rice; Makeup / Hair - Marybeth Bagonghasa; Produced by Aqualillies
Opening performance of the 2014 New Now Next Awards, choreographed by Mesha Kussman, starring and Betty Who + Aqualillies.
Zig Zag is a multi-media musical farce, directed by Mesha Kussman and written by three time Emmy-nominated writer Jordan Allen-Dutton. It appeared at David Lynch's L.A. festival of new works and has been hailed by critics for its innovative use of stage and screen.
Earthling a multi-media runway installation for a fashion event at Vibiana Cathedral in which nude/body-painted dancers approached an ‘alter’ of their own projected figures animated with elements of water, fire, earth and wind. The dancers then manically dressed themselves in layers of costume, only to illustrate the ridiculousness/futility/fun of masking our true beauty with anything at all. And finally they undressed and rolled back offstage - a cycle fully illustrated: we come from the earth, we ARE the elements, we dress up & play pretend, then we remove all our layers and return to from where we came.
Director & Choreographer - Mesha Kussman;
Video Design & Production - Dmitry Kmelnitsky and Kalim Chan; Performers: Mesha Kussman, Erica Rice, Whitney Shannon, Mindy Kelly, Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Sébastien Tellier's video for "Russian Attractions" off of 'My God is Blue' produced by VICE. Director: Meredith Danluck Director of Photography: Jake Burghart Executive Producer: Thobey Campion Producer: David Laven Associate Producer: Chloe Campion Production Designer: James Maher Choreography: Mesha Kussman Gaffer: Greg LeFevre Dancers: Aqualillies
Vital an interactive website / documentary that has been 20 years in the making. It follows a pack of young artists from pre 9/11 NYC up to today, watching their choices and priorities change, asking a key question of artists - what is vital?
Brass Logic, a one-woman show of Alice In Wonderland set inside the landscape of a video game, premiered in an abandoned furniture warehouse in DUMBO. Mixing dance-theater and innovative lighting design, the show reflects on the chasm between technology and touch.
Writer / Performer - Mesha Kussman; Co-Directors - Mesha Kussman + Mahayana Landowne; Producers - Jessica Archer + Sarah Kaskel; Lighting Design - Andrea Kung; Music / Sound Design - Matthew Gill; Photographer - Tracy Haynes
A performance on 42nd street commissioned by MADD. Concept/choreography by Mesha Kussman.
Mating Ritual motion capture collaboration with Debra Isaac / Dream Lab TV.
Performers - Jasmine Albuquerque, Mesha Kussman, Kara Mack, Vergi Rodriguez; Behind the scenes SLAM by Gregory Crane
Bazaar follows fashion editor and social influencer Diana Vreeland in a musical romp that celebrates women in the 20th Century.
Writers / Producers - Katie Bender + Mesha Kussman + Whitney Shannon; Director - Mesha Kussman; Original Music - J.A.Q + Jackie Tohn + Nadia DiGiallondardo