Friday Film Break: UNCSA Dance in "Swan Lake: Cancelled"

The past school year has not exactly been...normal. Rather than fight the constraints brought on by COVID-19, University of North Carolina School of the Arts interim dean of dance Jared Redick decided to embrace them. He reached out alum Garen Scribner, who made The Australian Ballet's brilliant "Wilis in Corps-en-tine" film last year along with choreographer Danielle Rowe, and he hired the pair to work with UNCSA students on their own film.

Starring Deanna Cudjoe, with students from both the high school and college dance programs, and in collaboration with UNCSA's music, film, and design and production departments, the result is simply delightful.

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Watching the Dance World Return, Without Me

Sitting on a quiet South Carolina beach this month, I felt something I hadn't felt in many months: the desire to move. I tried single-leg balances, some basic floorwork, headstands…formerly easy things that I now couldn't quite do. Stunned and emotionally spiraling, I sat in the sand and let it all wash over me; it wasn't until this moment that I finally reflected on what I had lost to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

July 2021