Here's a phrase dancers probably don't hear too often: "In this piece, you'll be playing a car."*
But that's just what commercial dancer Robert Prescott Lee does in the latest Nissan Altima TV spot. Apparently Lee's deft partnering of fellow commercial pro Emily Williams as she navigates driveways, highways and parking lots is meant to symbolize the car's high-tech safety devices.
I don't know about all that, but it is pretty fun to watch. (And I'm never going to complain about seeing more dance on TV—especially if it makes my life complete by popping up during, ahem, "The Bachelorette," which may or may not have happened on Monday night.) Take a look!
*OK, yes, the Pilobolus dancers have definitely heard that phrase morethanonce. Fine!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)
Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.
Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.