Friday Film Break: Ben Needham-Wood's "What the Body Holds"

"What the Body Holds" is the final film in SKETCH FILMS: Red Thread, a four-part documentary series by contemporary ballet company Amy Seiwert's Imagery. A collaboration between choreographer Ben Needham-Wood and filmmaker Matthew McKee, the film makes the case for movement as a healing tool for survivors of trauma and abuse.

In addition to featuring music composed by Kishi Bashi and Emily Hope Price and dancing by Ballet Hispánico's Jenna Marie, "What the Body Holds" includes insight from Svetlana Pivchik, an advocate for domestic violence survivors who uses guided movement sessions in her work.

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Here’s What Happened When Hong Kong Dance Company Trained Its Dancers in Martial Arts

When dancers here in the U.S. think about martial arts, what might come to mind is super-slow and controlled tai chi, or Hollywood's explosive kung fu fight scenes featuring the likes of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Martial arts in real life can be anywhere and anything in between, as the Hong Kong Dance Company recently learned. A few months ago, the company wrapped up its ambitious three-year embodied research study into the convergences between martial arts and classical Chinese dance. Far from a niche case-study, HKDC's qualitative findings could have implications for dancers from around the world who are practicing in all styles of dance.

Hong Kong Researcher/dancer Huang Lei performing in "Convergence"Courtesy Hong Kong Dance Company


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