Check Out This Surreal 360° VR Experience from Martha Graham and Barneys
Department store Barneys New York has teamed up with Samsung and the Martha Graham Dance Company for what's possibly the most intriguing dance-meets-fashion collaboration to date. Today through April 8, you can visit select Barneys stores or their website to experience Mantle, a surreal 11-minute virtual reality experience featuring current and former Graham company members in eerie choreography by Cynthia Stanley.
The couture tie-in? The dancers' costumes are designs from Prabal Gurung, The Row, Rick Owens, Loewe and Craig Green. Together, the garments are surprisingly Graham-esque with their stark, architectural details.
Mantle blends the dramatic and the obscure. Photo Courtesy Barneys New York.
Mantle stars MGDC's Charlotte Landreau, Lloyd Knight, Ben Schultz and Xin Ying, but it's not a celebration of youth flaunting high fashion. They're flanked by an ensemble of eight former company members, whose ages range into the 70s. The result is an enthralling blend of soundscape, style and dramatic, intricate movement. The best part? You can be transported there too. Here's how:
— For the complete Samsung Gear VR experience, head to these Barneys New York flagship locations: Madison Avenue (New York City), Downtown (New York City) and Beverly Hills.
— Hitting the mall anyway? All other Barneys locations across the U.S. will be showing a non-immersive, standard video version of Mantle.
Check out the teaser below to get a taste:
When the news broke that Prince George, currently third in line for the British throne, would be continuing ballet classes as part of his school curriculum this year, we were as excited as anyone. (Okay, maybe more excited.)
This was not, it seems, a sentiment shared by "Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer.
If you think becoming a trainee or apprentice is the only path to gaining experience in a dance company environment, think again.
The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:
Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
If you're seeking an extra dash of inspiration to start the new season on the right—dare we say—foot, look no further than dance documentaries.
Starting August 23, OVID, a streaming service dedicated to docs and art-house films, is adding eight notable dance documentaries to its library. The best part? There's a free seven-day trail. (After that, subscriptions are $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually.)
From the glamour of Russian ballet stars to young dancers training in Cuba to a portrait of powerhouse couple Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder, here's what's coming to a couch near you: