This is one of my favourite videos of the year so far. Ace Norton’s marvelous black and white video for Phantoms is a masterpiece. Hats off to choreographers Tracy Phillips and Dominic Carbone, and the director of photography, Alexander Alexandrov. Watch “Voyeur” below.
Photo by Jourdan Tymkow
Heads up Vancouver, 7pm this Friday and Saturday (May 1st and 2nd) the creative dance collective known as OURO is hosting an evening of contemporary and street dance, and will be premiering a 20-minute piece that they’ve been developing over the last six months. Both nights will feature several performances, visual arts, and yummy drinks courtesy of the folks at The Juice Truck. No tickets to purchase, it’s by donation at the door.
Full disclosure, my girlfriend is one of the dancers in the show. I’ll be there both nights helping setup, so if you come out please say hello! I know nothing about contemporary dance but I’ve seen OURO perform twice and their work is really fun and accessible – you’ll enjoy it.
This performance by San Diego-based dance team, Cookies, is aaaaaamazing. It landed them first place at VIBE XX 2015, and has to be one of the most powerful dances I’ve ever seen. I agree with the Youtube commenter that called these performers ‘visionary artists'; the choreographers really went beyond beyond (that’s not a typo). I think it’s rare to see artists in full command of their craft like this, where every little expression is so perfectly described. I got a little teary by the end of it. This is the best kind of art.
*I just watched it again and I fully cried watching it, it’s so beautiful.
Watch the Cookies first-place performance below.
New York-based dancers Flizzo, Opt, Jay Donn, Sedo, and Danny respond to the afrobeat rhythms of Fela Kuti by ‘flexing’, a style of dance that came out of East Brooklyn. Watch “Fela Flex”, directed by Dominick Sheldon, below!
Happiest video of the day award goes to “Mariah’s Lollipop” directed by, and starring, my friend Celia Rowlson-Hall and Alexandra Hulme. Watch the video below.