June’s been a busy month of celebrating the dads and Geminis in our lives, but we didn’t want to let July arrive before first sending off our latest selects of videos and dance highlights from around the Internet. To beat the gloom in LA, we’ve been working towards building assets with a female choreographer on her way to making the first fine art dance film in zero-gravity. And Candice and I got together last weekend in Atlanta, where I was treated to a whirlwind tour of the city’s contemporary dance landscape, including a peek into glo’s movement studio at The Goat Farm, built in 1880.
Below, take a moment to be inspired by what’s moving us this month.
- This homage to a dancemaker. Paul Taylor American Modern Dance was uplifted by Laspata Decaro’s “Let’s Dance” campaign in 2018. Also see artistic director Michael Novak take us BTS of their latest creative.
- Marissa Brown’s Lone King Projects. Previously based in Brooklyn, the choreographer is now halfway through her MFA candidacy at CalArts. Check out how her dreamy, cinematic aesthetic is taking shape.
- This Apple Watch Series 4 ad, which culls together movement styles from a variety of cultures and athletics. Hulu won’t stop showing it to me. I actually don’t mind.
- Futuro-A: The Waldorf Project x Lufthansa as part of this year’s SXSW. An immersive dance performance, on a plane, in the dark, over the Atlantic that went beyond experiential marketing — passengers were propelled into the future of flying via an experiment in empathy.
- Never Standing Still: Hong Kong Ballet’s 40th anniversary season ad by Design Army dazzles our eyes with virtuosity in both dance and art direction, furthering our belief that it is always worth investing in the details. “Every single frame in the film is heavily art directed. From the clothing to the hot pink basketballs to the grandmas’ matching outfits, every single piece had to be coordinated with the next scene and location.”
- In the first issue of the Fjord Review, L.A. based choreographer Emma Portner addresses the inequality of opportunity and resources she sees in the dance world, and the potential of redistributing funds from commercial and large scale projects:
“I do not think the dance world needs more funding, but I do believe the art world’s wealth needs redistributing. Dance isn’t saving lives (in a literal way) but dance IS of extreme value when done with pure intention…We, as creatives, have a responsibility to bring the ‘right resources into the right proportions’ every day but we often do not. This is a distribution issue. The film and television worlds could look to the art of choreography or to our struggling ecosystems to influence their spending actions in a more effective way.”
That’s it for this month! We hope you find something here that moves you.