Dancers Among Us

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I love everything about Jordan Matter‘s wonderful project, Dancers Among Us. He takes magnificent photos of beautiful dancers around the world, showing us endless possibilities, spontaneous creativity and pure joy. Buy his superb book here and take a peek at his blog, written from the heart with wit, fun and enormous respect here.Watch his ‘making of” videos here, with just a few below….

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Lil Buck: Aria

Lil Buck: Aria on Nowness.com

“French ballet dancer and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied captures the freeform movement of rising dance star Lil Buck (Charle sRiley) in his new short. Set to an electric guitar rendition of Bach’s 1741 “Aria” from the Goldberg Variations, performed by Millepied’s brother Laurent, the film showcases the richness of Jookin’ as a dance form and Buck’s ability to navigate different melodies and rhythms. While shooting another film together, Bacchanale, the classically trained Millepied invited Buck to collaborate on the unscripted piece, shot over an afternoon and evening against the backdrop of downtown Los Angeles. Millepied played “Aria” to Buck in the car on the way to the location, before allowing the Memphis native the freedom to simply improvise on the street. “He knew the mood, and improvised in a naturalistic manner,” says Millepied, who has previously worked with the likes of David Lang, Nico Muhly, Thierry Escaich and Philip Glass. Leading his own dance troupe called the New Styles Krew, Buck sprang to fame through a series of viral videos to perform with Madonna at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show and feature on her new MDNA tour. “Lil Buck’s dancing embraces all styles. He does steps that can be baroque, Indian or Russian, without ever having been exposed to those styles. There’s a complete physical freedom in his body,” says Millepied. “Buck makes me want to dance. He opens doors to my imagination.” Here the rubber-limbed Buck shares his discovery of carpet-gliding moves and the rib-tickling joys of touring with Madonna.” Read the rest of his interview with Nowness here and watch director Jacob Sutton’s film, to rap star Azealia Banks’ “Liquorice” featuring Lil Buck here. Below, he dances in ‘Bacchanale’ with the New Styles Krew, choreographed by Benjamin Millepied

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