Friday Film Break: Madison Elliott's "Empty Vessel," Part of The Future Dance Festival

When even a blink of the eyes is musical, you know the details of a work have been thoroughly thought through. In Madison Elliott's "Empty Vessel," directed by Taylor Yocum and set to Hobo Johnson's "February 15th," the camera only catches movement from the waist up, but every body part seen is strategically engaged—and every moment is timed for maximum impact. The choreography bounces between powerful phrases that reverberate through Elliott's body and unsettlingly quiet details like a tap of a finger.

This piece was my pick for the opening program of 92Y Harkness Dance Center's Future Dance Festival, which kicks off today. Out of 185 submissions, works from 21 early-career dancemakers were chosen for the online event by a panel of industry leaders: Kyle Abraham of A.I.M, Janet Eilber of Martha Graham Dance Company, Victor Quijada of RUBBERBAND, Taryn Kaschock Russell of Harkness, Jessica Tong of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Eduardo Vilaro of Ballet Hispánico and myself. The selections will be shown over the next three weekends, each introduced by the jury member who chose it.

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4 Reasons Interdisciplinary Education Can Make You a Stronger Dancer, According to CalArts

After years spent training in their childhood studio, it can be hard for dancers to realize exactly how many pathways there are toward career success. The School of Dance at CalArts aims to show its students all of them.

Built with the intention to break barriers and bend the rules, CalArts' interdisciplinary curriculum ensures that students take classes that cover an entire spectrum of artistic approaches. The result? A dance program that gives you much more than just dance.

Last week, Dance Magazine caught up with Kevin Whitmire, assistant director of admission for CalArts School of Dance, and recent alum Kevin Zambrano for the inside scoop on how an interdisciplinary curriculum can make you a stronger artist. Watch the full event below, and read on for the highlights.

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