Friday Film Break: Cathy Marston in "DRIFT"

One of the unexpected benefits of 2020 has been seeing how our favorite dance artists have found new ways to express themselves. In this short film, "DRIFT," beloved narrative ballet choreographer Cathy Marston puts on her (barefoot) dancing shoes for the first time in about 15 years. In an email she sent out last weekend, she wrote:

"It's been a year that none of us imagined. Despite enormous challenges there have been some serendipitous moments of joy and inspiration that perhaps would not have found space for themselves in the rush of 'normal life.' As the year draws to a close I wanted to share one of these moments with you all: a day when I got fed up of the news, of reading emails about the next postponed project, and indeed of just 'waiting.' I called some friends, and we made this—'DRIFT'—filmed 10 minutes from my home on the banks of the River Aare in Bern, Switzerland. I've not performed in about 15 years, so the fact I'm here 'dancing' illustrates how much I needed to be creative again!"

"DRIFT" is directed and edited by Felix von Muralt, with music composed for the film by Philip Feeney and performed by violinist Sara Trickey with Feeney on the piano. Marston's costume is by Bernese designers, Viento.

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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