Friday Film Break: "i, Butterfly" Follows a Dancer's Search for Her Identity

"Butterflies go through a metamorphosis in their life, and I feel like I definitely have gone through one in mine," British dancer Sharifa Butterfly, formerly Sharifa Tonkmor, says in the film "i, Butterfly." The film follows her on a journey searching for her identity, and ultimately, finding a family in the Rain Crew, a group of break dancers in East London.

The film is produced by Ilan Lampl, filmed by Ethan Lewis and features the Rain Crew dancers: Clint Sinclar, Duane "Artful-D", Rudy T, Kofi Mingo, Tom Rownlands-Rees, Tristan "Tiny Terra", R.Singhb, Hakim Saber and Maren Ellerman.

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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