We’ve already seen wheelchair dance on PUSH GIRLS (and we’ll be seeing more tonight), but some of you may be experiencing this art form for the first time on the show. If you want to see even more, you’re in luck, because there’s a thriving worldwide wheelchair dance community and chances are you can find a performance near you if you live in an urban area. Attending a live show can be quite a thrill, but since I can’t drag you all to a performance, we’ll do our best with the two-dimensional version.
We’re only a couple of days away from the first two episodes of PUSH GIRLS and the ladies themselves just can’t wait. They brought their energy and “heels on wheels” from Los Angeles to New York and decided the best way to introduce themselves was to dance across this town.
For the past year, dancer Lee Serle has been learning from, and moving with, his Rolex Arts Initiative mentor Trisha Brown. For those of you unfamiliar with Brown, the revolutionary dancer and choreographer has spent the last 40 years breaking the rules of modern dance and crisscrossing the boundaries between movement and art. And Serle has taken every advantage of working, and moving, with his groundbreaking, wall-walking mentor.
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Garo Sparo, couture fashion designer.
We know what you’re thinking: “How can I possibly celebrate my love for club culture in between the all new episodes of UNLEASHED BY GARO?!”
Here it is, ladies, gents and gender benders — The Gossamer Swatch Session Mix Tape. Coming to you once a week as tribute to couture fashion designer Garo Sparo. Watch as Garo, part-time psychiatrist and full-time dream weaver, helps his clients battle their inhibitions and unleash their true selves in our all new original series UNLEASHED BY GARO. Fridays 9p.
Check out this week’s mix tape below.
This new music video and catchy song out of Japan is one of the more remarkable things I’ve seen lately, especially the unique synchronized dance choreography. Also, the song’s message is more of a hopeful manifesto, as explained in the video description: Many disasters are ongoing in Japan; earthquakes, Tsunami, and nuclear accidents. These unprecedented…
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The Internet is liking this video of b-boys Tyson Smalls, Robot Reeve, Nick Pitts, Josh Unice and Murphy Yang breakdancing to classical music by Stephen Anderson. [Via]
This pair of French twins Laurent & Larry Bourgeois or the Les Twins are much, much better at dancing than you. They’ve apparently been causing a stir with their updated twist on b-boy dancing. Watch their astonishing performance above at the 2010 World of Dance. More on them here at Metafilter.
When not stepping up and serving it up to the rebels, storm troopers save the last dance. Watch this trio of funky storm troopers dance to a futuristic version of Singing in the Rain (actually a remix by Mint Royale). Chewbacca thinks this video is RAWWRRRRsome.
Article: Amazing dance video: Turfing
No, this isn’t a dramatic scene out of a dance movie (one of my guilty favorite story themes): it’s just four “cooler than you’ll ever be” guys on a soggy and rainy street corner doing dance moves that can only qualify as expert level dancing otherwise known as “turfing.” The dancers are “No Noize (red…
Wrong. This is just plain wrong. Think “Little Miss Sunshine” — except this is real life. We really hate agreeing with Fox News (it’s like one of the signs of the coming Apocalypse), but 8 year old girls should not be dressed up in sexy Pussy Cat Doll outfits and then taught how to gyrate…
It’s not a big surprise to anyone that peruses through my Flickr or knows me that I’ve been a long time fan of jumping photos as both a participant and as the photographer. My friends and I however look like complete amateurs compared to these fantastic photos taken by photographer Jordan Matter (recently covered by Em and Lo here) of dancers leaping through the air in various iconic or familiar areas of New York City, such as Parisa Khobdeh at a Yankees game. Matter explains:
Dancers Among Us is a collection of NYC dance photographs featuring members of the Paul Taylor, Mark Morris and Martha Graham Dance Companies. This is an ongoing project that began in the spring of 2009. There were no trampolines or other devices used for these images, just thousands of hours of training.
A couple more after the jump that I really liked!
Article: Party in 1991 with Iranian B-boys
Metafilter shared this amazing video from the time capsule. Recorded way back on December 10, 1991 according the video time stamp, watch a group of Iranian guys step up at what appears to be a wedding, doing their (rather impressive) b-boy thing with popping and locking toprock moves to downrock steps, with some power moves thrown in for good measure. Check out the guy in crutches around the 4:45 mark.
People are turning against Lady Gaga! As someone who sings about the pitfalls of fame, the omnipresent chanteuse should have known that as a result of her own stardom, cynics would be scrunching their foreheads and declaring her unworthy of it.
The bigger she gets, the more people dredge up the nerve to declare her Lady Caca.
Note the police officer who attempts to break up the faux flight until the singing begins!
Break Out In Song is an ambitious public arts project that pushes the boundaries of live theater as it dazzles unsuspecting audiences with free, spontaneous and fully staged Broadway musical numbers. The idea came to producer Ryan Mackey as he would listen to show tunes on his iPod, wishing that he could start singing and dancing. After seeing the viral video of about 200 dancers perform a song from THE SOUND OF MUSIC in a train station in Antwerp, Belgium, he decided he wanted to do something similar in New York.
Article: Hercules and Love Affair
Before he found a home in disco, Andy Butler DJ’d at a leather bar in Denver called Chocolate Thunder Pussy. He was 15 years old. Now he’s the ringleader of a rotating collective of singers, dancers and DJ’s called Hercules and Love Affair. The name came from a childhood interest in Greek mythology. “I just loved the notion that this myriad group of gods and goddesses could come down at any moment and interrupt your life or point you in a certain direction, or give you some kind of tool to use in order to help you achieve something.” And for a group that crosses every gender and orientation, Hercules, a powerful and outspoken bisexual, is a fitting hero.
Article: Hard bodies and a hello
Hello there. I am Bradford Shellhammer and I am new around these parts. While my fellow SUNfiltered bloggers have done a bang up job finding unique culture, film and music stories across the globe I intend to shake things up differently around here. I’m here to gay it up. Bedazzle the blog. Bring a disco beat. So…