Ah, bromance. If you know bros—and we're guessing you know at least a few bros—you know just how powerful the bro bond can be. In fact, it's powerful in a way that's sort of hard to express in words.
That's what makes director Bertil Nilsson's short film, "Bromance"—a dance-y portrait of the phenomenon—so brilliant. Featuring three members of the Barely Methodical Troupe, an innovative circus/acrobatic group, the video explores the hard-to-articulate dynamics of dude companionship through movement.
Given that the film's talented performers are fluent in the languages of parkour and b-boying, those dynamics end up looking pretty...dynamic. There are flips and stunts galore. Handshakes turn into handstands; back slaps generate back flips.
Catch me, dude! (still from "Bromance")
Tricks aside, though, there's a quiet poetry to it all. These bros have souls, bro. And Nilsson, who has a lot of experience working with dancers and circus artists, knows exactly how to capture those souls on film.
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.