“STRENGTH,” Featuring Dancer Mishay Petronelli

In this short film “STRENGTH,” by director Casey Brooks, dancer Mishay Petronelli speaks about the power of vulnerability. As she dances through an empty warehouse space, she shares how her muscular physique has pigeonholed her into being seen as “strong”—but she’s found that embracing both strength and vulnerability actually provides the most opportunities.

Jennifer Weber’s “While You Were Gone”

During the many months that theaters sat empty, did you ever wonder what went on inside of them? Choreographer Jennifer Weber‘s new short film “While You Were Gone” follows breaker Gabriel Emphasis using the entire theater at The Bushnell in Hartford, Connecticut, as his own personal stage, before being joined outside by a whole crew […]

Rare 1932 Footage of Isadora Duncan’s “The Cherubim”

The original Isadora Duncan dancers (“The Isadorables”) first performed at the Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, New York, in 1923, and the tradition continued with a repeat performance in 1932. Almost a century after their debut, Duncan’s choreography returned to the gardens last week when Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company danced at the […]

The Party Audition from Matthew Bourne’s “The Red Shoes”

Catch Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes tonight on PBS at 9 pm (check local listings). The ballet is being presented as part of the channel’s “Great Performances” series. Recorded at Sadler’s Wells in January 2020, the production is an adaptation of the classic ballet film from 1948. This clip includes the scene when heroine Victoria […]

“A Body Is,” Featuring Marco Flores Dance Company

At the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, rising musician Antonio José Martínez Palacios was executed without a trial at just 33 years old. To pay tribute, the Madrid-based Marco Flores Dance Company teamed up with filmmaker Jaime Dezcallar to revisit and reimagine his music through this dance film. To a stirring original score by […]

Marcelino Sambé in “Figure 5”

In this short film, part of a series called “Figures,” Royal Ballet principal dancer Marcelino Sambé opens up about his life as a Black, queer ballet dancer. Set over short clips of Sambé dancing in his home country of Portugal, an audio recording shares his words about struggling with his identity as a classical dancer—and […]

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