What to Watch
Here's a list of 5 incredible dance films we've found on the internet this week:
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1. Dance Theatre of Harlem - Dancing Through Harlem
Dancing Through Harlem was created by DTH Company Artists Alexandra Hutchinson and Derek Brockington with choreography from Resident Choreographer Robert Garland's ballet New Bach. Dancing Through Harlem was created for Harlem Week and the African-American Day Parade - two iconic Harlem organisations.
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2. English National Ballet / NOWNESS - Centrestage with Precious Adams
In this film from 2018, Irish director Leonn Ward wanted to push the conventional ballet film outside of its comfort zone. Featuring Precious Adams, a rising star of the English National Ballet, Ward's dynamic portrait of the young First Artist presents a youthful take on the rule-bound etiquette of ballet. Rich in color, the film empowers Adams to tell her own story through dress and movement, while deploying dance in unconventional scenes and spaces.
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3. Corey Baker Dance featuring Hong Kong Ballet - Lying Together
Corey Baker Dance's short film Lying Together, to celebrate World Environment Day raises awareness of the impact of climate change. Lying Together was filmed in rural and urban settings across Hong Kong, including aerial footage of the dancers performing on the tops of the city’s highest skyscrapers. Chen Zhiayo, Amber Lewis, Li Jiabo, Ma Renjie, Forrest Rain Oliveros along with other members of Hong Kong Ballet company, perform Baker’s iconic quirky choreography with zesty musical accompaniment from acclaimed multi-instrumentalist FKJ.
4. MOVE docu-series on Netflix
MOVE is a brilliant new documentary series on Netflix, which highlights just some of the dancers and choreographers who are shaping the art of movement around the world. The series features spotlights on Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, Ohad Naharin, Israel Galván, Kimiko Versatile and Akram Khan. Here's a trailer to get you in the mood:
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5. ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company - Some Like It Hip Hop
Debuted in 2011, Some Like It Hip Hop is a nod to Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It tells a comical tale of love, mistaken identity and revolution, all played out in ZooNation’s trademark style. Now available to watch for free on Sadler's Wells' website until 7pm BST on Thursday 29 October, Some Like It Hip Hop is also available with audio description on YouTube.