We're Obsessed With Blood Orange's Latest Dance-Centric Video
We're not gonna lie: Blood Orange is quickly becoming an office favorite here at DM. His wonderfully off-beat videos feature purposely unpolished choreography in a range of styles. Dance has become an increasingly significant facet of his artistic output of late—such as his delightful collaboration with Maria Kochetkova a couple of months ago. The most recent music video for his song "Better Than Me" features 13 gorgeous contemporary dancers performing Juri Onuki's choreography alongside Dev Hynes (the man behind the persona), and it's utterly captivating.
Before we see (or hear) Hynes, we see besuited dancers. The camera catches a handful of them (seemingly) mid-improv, one dancer stepping backward to sweep into an off-balance attitude, another catching herself with her hands as she tips over into a penché.
The song proper begins as Hynes (in a baseball cap, as per usual) and the dancers scuttle from the sides of the space (think deserted office chic) into formation. They start in unison and break into a two group canon, featuring precise (yet funky) homolateral movements, wild attitude turns and off-kilter extensions. Hynes gamely attacks the topsy-turvy sequences, legs and all.
Hynes also gets in on the improv the second time around, and his focused enthusiasm doesn't seem out of place next to the nonchalantly powerful dancers.
There's even a postlude of sorts once the lyrics wind down, featuring brief, super-structured duos and trios set to an instrumental track.
Obsessed yet? Welcome to the club. Check out the full video below.
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At the top of the line, dancers have plenty of quality footwear options to choose from, and in most metropolitan areas, stores to go try them on. But for many of North America's most economically disadvantaged dance students, there has often been just one option for purchasing footwear in person: Payless ShoeSource.
When Sonya Tayeh saw Moulin Rouge! for the first time, on opening night at a movie theater in Detroit, she remembers not only being inspired by the story, but noticing the way it was filmed.
"What struck me the most was the pace, and the erratic feeling it had," she says. The camera's quick shifts and angles reminded her of bodies in motion. "I was like, 'What is this movie? This is so insane and marvelous and excessive,' " she says. "And excessive is I think how I approach dance. I enjoy the challenge of swiftness, and the pushing of the body. I love piling on a lot of vocabulary and seeing what comes out."
Back when Robbie Fairchild graced the cover of the May 2018 issue of Dance Magazine, he mentioned an idea for a short dance film he was toying around with. That idea has now come to fruition: In This Life, starring Fairchild and directed by dance filmmaker Bat-Sheva Guez, is being screened at this year's Dance on Camera Festival.
While the film itself covers heavy material—specifically, how we deal with grief and loss—the making of it was anything but: "It was really weird to have so much fun filming a piece about grief!" Fairchild laughs. We caught up with him, Guez and Christopher Wheeldon (one of In This Life's five choreographers) to find out what went into creating the 11-minute short film.
When Hollywood needs to build a fantasy world populated with extraordinary creatures, they call Terry Notary.
The former gymnast and circus performer got his start in film in 2000 when Ron Howard asked him to teach the actors how to move like Whos for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Notary has since served as a movement choreographer, stunt coordinator and performer via motion capture technology for everything from the Planet of the Apes series to The Hobbit trilogy, Avatar, Avengers: Endgame and this summer's The Lion King.
Since opening the Industry Dance Academy with his wife, Rhonda, and partners Maia and Richard Suckle, Notary also offers movement workshops for actors in Los Angeles.