Friday Film Break: "Non—"

Like a port in a frantic storm of video content, "Non—" offers us 90 seconds to slow down. Directed by Jack Birtles and choreographed by Cassandra Kowitz, this short film juxtaposes the stillness of Kowitz's body with the calming, ever-present motion of water rippling in a lake.

On culture website Ignant, which premiered the work, writer Rosie Flanagan describes, "The piece is intended as an investigation into presence: In a world where we're buying coloring books in bulk to foster mindfulness, it is a pleasant reminder that there are other ways to be centered."

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How This Tap-Dancer-Turned-Composer Stays True to His Jazz Roots

From Riverdance to HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," tap dancer DeWitt Fleming Jr. has proved to be a triple threat on the stage and screen. He's also an entrepreneur, selling his own line of wireless microphones, DeW It Right Tap Mics. Last year, he added "composer" to his resumé with the release of Sax and Taps INTERSPLOSION!, the first tap dance and jazz album recorded at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club. One of the songs, co-written with jazz saxophonist Erica von Kleist, was a finalist for last year's Unsigned Only music competition.

"When you're invited to dance with a jazz band, it's always assumed that, as a tap dancer, you're going to be a feature. If you go all the way back to New Orleans' Congo Square, and even before then, dance was a part of the music. I wanted to stick to those roots and create an album where everything was intertwined."

He recently spoke with Dance Magazine about his collaboration with von Kleist and the creation of their album.

January 2021