Friday Film Break: "Will You Be OK Without Me" by the Kuperman Brothers

Ever since COVID-19 sent the dance world into a tail spin, artists have used the pandemic as a source of inspiration. "Will You Be OK Without Me (and other stories)" from the director-choreographer duo Kuperman Brothers is a collection of scenes expressed through dance and inspired by daily life during the pandemic. The dancers include Broadway performers Chris Grant, Lauren Yalango-Grant and Zach Eisenstat, Sleep No More's Marc Cardarelli and Ida Saki, Pilobolus' Casey Howes and Jake Warren, and multidisciplinary artist Lynn R. Guerra.

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Friday Film Break: Kyle Abraham's "When We Fell" for New York City Ballet

For his third work on New York City Ballet, choreographer Kyle Abraham has created a quietly haunting new dance film called "When We Fell." Abraham told Roslyn Sulcas of The New York Times that a peaceful winter residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park deeply influenced the material, and it shows in the work's spare beauty and elegant sense of calm.

Available for free as part of NYCB's digital season until April 22, the film was co-directed by cinematographer Ryan Marie Helfant. The cast includes India Bradley, Jonathan Fahoury, Christopher Grant, Claire Kretzschmar, Lauren Lovette, Taylor Stanley, KJ Takahashi and Sebastian Villarini-Velez.

February 2021