Friday Film Break: "We Are Dancers Amplified"

More and more, dancers are using their voices to advocate for social justice both within and beyond the dance industry. A dancer-led alliance called Dancers Amplified is now launching a virtual networking platform to help dancers across the globe collaborate and support each other in their efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and access through their work.

Dancers Amplified began last year as a social media fundraiser called Dancers for Black Lives Matter. Now under the fiscal sponsorship of International Association of Blacks in Dance, the group is introducing its website today. This campaign film, "We Are Dancers Amplified", sets movement to quotes gathered from a survey of dancers from around the world about their experiences in the field. The film was directed by Mathieu Gremillet, produced by James Stout and features dancers Nathan Brhane, Donnie Duncan Jr., Sebia Plantefeve-Castryck, Davi Ramos, Kele Roberson and Daniel Robert Silva.

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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