How do you capture the feeling of motion in a photograph? And how do you film dance in a way that conveys the immediacy and magic of live performance?
They're two related questions—and, basically, unanswerable ones. But here at DS, we've recently come across two artists' beautiful attempts to address them.
First up: Choros, an experimental video by Michael Langan. He layered multiple clips of a woman doing simple dance steps, stretching each clip to a different length to create a series of visual echoes. It's a little trippy, but it also evokes that feeling you get while watching live dance of having certain images burned into your retinas.
And then there are a series of photographs taken by Leon Neal of Britain's National Post. The long-exposure images of dancers participating in the "Emerging Dancer 2013" competition record multiple movements in one image. Transitional steps become painterly motion blurs. (Like Langan's film, these are also kind of trippy. I guess the lesson of the day is that dance is far out, man.)
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On Saturday morning, Russell Horning—aka 15-year-old Instagram king @i_got_barzz—was already kind of famous. His admittedly bad but weirdly mesmerizing dance videos had earned him shoutouts from the likes of Rihanna (and dance tributes from the likes of Josh Killacky).
But by Sunday morning? By Sunday morning, Russell Got Barzz had reached an entirely different level of memedom. Because Katy Perry tapped the teen—signature backpack and all—to perform "Swish Swish" with her on "Saturday Night Live." And the internet lost its darn mind.
If, like me, you've ever wondered (and wondered) how that stunning opening scene in La La Land came together, do we have a treat for you.
Fashion looks better in motion—that's why runways exist. But when does fashion look REALLY amazing? In dancey motion. And exhibit #69372 in the case for the inescapable connection between dance and fashion is this new video from Harper's Bazaar, featuring our favorite dancer/model/rock star, Larsen Thompson.
But when you're the only male ballet student at your studio, fighting dumb stereotypes about ballet being for girls, it's easy to feel alone. That's what makes this video featuring Gabriel Romero, an 11-year-old ballet student at Philadelphia Dance Center, especially meaningful.