Sunday, September 26

Take a Step Up: Five of the Best Dance Movies to Watch Online | Dance


Released on Thursday, this is a brilliant film from the Scottish Ballet and their resident choreographer Sophie Laplane. Inspired by Yves Klein’s famous shade of blue, which appears in many unexpected ways, this is 10 minutes of fun, surreal, surprising and thought-filled dance. Fundamentally, Dive makes the most of the medium to create something that can only be done on screen, with the help of theater director James Bonas and filmmaker Oscar Sansom. Available until May 31.

Silent spaces

Former Richard Alston dancers Monique Jonas and Ihsaan de Banya are among the many artists collaborating on the Silent Spaces film series, created by musician Soumik Datta and his brother, filmmaker Souvid Datta. The films unite explorations of art places left empty by the confinement, with themes of identity, the environment, mental health and the experience of immigrants. The first film, set in the British Museum, addresses colonialism, with Jonas and de Banya moving between artifacts and architecture as Soumik, a master of the fretless Indian instrument, the sarod, performs with saxophonist Yasmin Ogilvie and singer Amahla. . Five more films will follow in the coming weeks, filmed at locations such as the Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead and Manchester’s Depot Mayfield.

Still touch

From choreographer Richard Chappell, a soft film on human contact. Filmed at Cockington Court in Devon, the two dancers explore touch, weight and balance with each other, but also with two sculptures of abstract human figures by Anna Gillespie; that’s one way to make your duo safe for Covid at least. It is a dance with tenderness and melancholy, a state of mind drawn from the original score by composer Samuel Hall.

Chrysalis Project

A collaboration between director Hannah Schneider and the Oxford Alternative Orchestra with dancers and choreographers from around the world. Having made films in Burkina Faso, New Zealand and America, the latest release is from South Korea, with choreographer Jin-yeob Cha. In the spirit of crossing borders, images of musicians at Oxford are interspersed with two dancers against a dazzling backdrop that resembles a concrete amphitheater, rippled with light. Two more films are yet to come, directed by Mariinsky director Xander Parish and British choreographer Ruth Brill.


Trey McIntyre’s Last Movie FLTPK series, the online dance platform created during the confinement. Los Angeles-based Alyse Rockett choreographed Chatter, just a couple of minutes long, and simply but strikingly against the corrugated wall of a metal shed (who needs expensive sets?) For her friend, the dancer from freestyle hip-hop Darrel “Friidom Dunn. Dunn wows with limbs in a lyrical flow and complex finger movements, an intricate dance of the hands inspired by Egyptian art, also known as King Tut. With eyes closed, it’s like if Dunn’s thoughts took physical form, a stream of consciousness drawn in the air, hands weaving a spell.

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