No Dominion: The Ian Horvath Story

by Margaret Mullin


Now, more than ever, it is important for us to remember the brave people who sought to connect us through true understanding and compassion. I am making this film because I am deeply inspired by the late Ian Horvath, a man who spent his life fighting to preserve dance in this country and to create a more loving and accepting society for the LGBTQ community and those affected by the AIDS virus. Through this new documentary film No Dominion: The Ian Horvath Story, I am honored to share the full story of Ian’s remarkable life. I need your help to share Ian's story with the world.

I am an award winning (Princess Grace Award Dance Fellow) professional ballet dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet. I am also a choreographer, instructor, and dance podcast host on Premier Dance Network (iTunes). I have dedicated my life to supporting and enhancing the art of dance. My film partner Nel Shelby is the CEO of her own production company in NYC, specializing in dance filmmaking. She is nationally recognized as a top dance filmmaker. Her last documentary PS Dance! was New York Emmy nominated and appeared on PBS in several states and at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 2016.

We need your help to complete our film! Please consider making a donation to help us reach our $8,500 goal. We need funds to help with post-production work and to travel to film the final few interviews that will make our film complete. We hope to premier in the fall of 2018, but we can't accomplish this without your generous support.

I have raised $55,000 so far, which has allowed us to create a compelling trailer (view below), conduct interviews, edit some of our footage, and most excitingly... Restage two of Ian's greatest choreographic works featuring current dancers from five US dance companies! In January 2016 top dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Verb Ballets of Cleveland, and Ballet Tucson joined us in Seattle to breathe new life into Ian's creations. The two pieces Laura's Women and No Dominion will appear in their entirety in our film. A collaboration of this magnitude is new to film and is a tribute to Ian's influence on dance across the United States.

Ian Horvath was a passionate advocate for equality for the LGBTQ community and was a dedicated AIDS awareness activist during the height of the crisis in the 1980s. Having been the founding artistic director of Cleveland Ballet and having held key positions of influence with Dance USA, The National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Center, The Carlisle Project, and the Limón Company (to name just a few), he specialized in helping arts organizations to properly and respectfully relate to their employed artists affected by the AIDS virus. This allowed artists to continue to work and create without fear of stigma, misinformation, or termination. In his last piece No Dominion (appearing in our film) Ian shares his own struggle with AIDS and a beautiful love story using six male dancers.

Please help us share Ian's inspiring story with the world. We have many great perks to say thank you for your generosity and we appreciate any amount you can give. To learn more about the film and to view our trailer, click the image below.

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Thank you for your support!