Watch: Our 3 Faves From the New "Netflix for the Arts"
Photo by Filip VanRoe, courtesy Marquee
Your Saturday nights are about to go from "Netflix and chill" to "Marquee and chill." (Okay, maybe we'll need to coin a new phrase).
But seriously, the new streaming app Marquee Arts TV lets you curl up with Bolshoi Ballet's Swan Lake, Sylvie Guillem dancing Mats Ek's solo Bye, a dance film by Cullberg Ballet called 40 M Under, or a documentary about Alonzo King and LINES Ballet. Marquee unlocks a world of digital arts: dance, theater, opera, music, documentaries and film shorts that you can stream directly to your TV or mobile device.
Take a peek at excerpts from three of our favorite videos up right now:
The Royal Ballet of Flanders in Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Pictures at an Exhibition
The four little swans from the Bolshoi Ballet's Swan Lake
Cie Revolution in Anthony Egéa's Bliss
Head of content Marc Kirschner says Marquee is working to curate performances and creations that people didn't know they needed in their lives. "We want to drive people into theaters for live performances, which is not something that Netflix has to be concerned with," he says. "The digital revenue for the companies we present is a small benefit; artists will be able to reach and grow their audiences."
The London-based tech company plans to offer data analytics to contributing organizations, so companies can see how many viewers watch their videos, how many then visit their website and in turn purchase tickets to a live performance. "Our data will give organizations better insights about their audiences," says Kirschner.
Released yesterday on iTunes, the Marquee Arts app is available across an array of devices. After a 14-day free trial, a monthly $8.99 subscription (or yearly $89.99) allows for unlimited streaming. For Dance Magazine readers, Marquee is offering a 20% off subscription code. Just enter dancemag at marqueearts.tv/subscribe by November 15.
Still from Bliss, performed by Cie Rêvolution/Anthony Egéa
If "Fosse/Verdon" whet your appetite for the impeccable Gwen Verdon, then Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon is the three-course meal you've been craving. The new documentary—available now on Amazon for rental or purchase—dives into the life of the Tony-winning performer and silver-screen star lauded for her charismatic dancing.
Though she's perhaps most well-known today as Bob Fosse's wife and muse, that's not even half of her story. For starters, she'd already won four Tonys before they wed, making her far more famous in the public eye than he was at that point in his career. That's just one of many surprising details we learned during last night's U.S. premiere of Merely Marvelous. Believe us: You're gonna love her even more once you get to know her. Here are eight lesser-known tidbits to get you started.
Every dancer knows that how you fuel your body affects how you feel in the studio. Of course, while breakfast is no more magical than any other meal (despite the enduring myth that it's the most important one of the day), showing up to class hangry is a recipe for unproductive studio time.
So what do your favorite dancers eat in the morning to set themselves up for a busy rehearsal or performance day?
When it comes to dance in the U.S., companies in the South often find themselves overlooked—sometimes even by the presenters in their own backyard. That's where South Arts comes in. This year, the regional nonprofit launched Momentum, an initiative that will provide professional development, mentorship, touring grants and residencies to five Southern dance companies.
You ever just wish that Kenneth MacMillan's iconic production of Romeo and Juliet could have a beautiful love child with the 1968 film starring Olivia Hussey? (No, not Baz Luhrmann's version. We are purists here.)
Wish granted: Today, the trailer for a new film called Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words was released, featuring MacMillan's choreography and with what looks like all the cinematic glamour we could ever dream of: