Friday Film Break: Tislarm Bouie's "Thug - Ball of Confusion"

For many of us, the challenges of 2020 made artistic inspiration scarce. But director and choreographer Tislarm Bouie says he harnessed the hopelessness he felt last summer and transformed it into inspiration for a short film titled "Thug."

"Ball of Confusion" is one part of the larger project. It features Lloyd Boyd, Gabriel Hyman, Martell Ruffin, Anthony Santos, Coral Dolphin, Marie Rose and Carrie Daniels dancing on the streets of Harlem. Bouie says the goal of the work is to redefine Black masculinity and "to encourage people to live boldly in their light."

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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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