What’s trending in dance?

I’ve been thinking about what’s new in dance.

Dance is an art form that tends to hang on to traditional modes of presentation. Dance is comfortable  with the coexistence of multiple historic genres, e.g. of classicism (classical ballet), modern (modern/contemporary dance), and jazz (in all its styles) all supported happily by both the profession and audiences.

Dance lends itself to a fusion of styles as well, so elements of different genres mix in various artist’s works. Contemporary choreographers have made their stylistic mark on the dance world through repertoire that does the rounds of elite dance companies.

But I am looking for dance that thrives in today’s world of social media where music, fashion, gender and politics blend and blur.

Yanis Marshall’s latest video upload on VIMEO is a jazz-genre ‘street’-style 3-man bop on So You Think You Can Dance, Ukraine. And Yanis performs in his trademark high heels to pop music (Beyonce).

Yanis brands himself effectively as a choreographer, dancer and teacher and then markets that brand globally. He uses online media to bring his dance brand to the world. This is in sharp contrast to the concept of the dance ‘company’. it will be interesting to see whether in coming years there is a proliferation of individual dance artists receiving global recognition in this way.

Dance on the edge of the art

Dance as an art form has always suffered from a lack of sensible definition. On the flip side, Dance has the ability to converse well with other art forms, and with other domains of knowledge.

Here are two recent videos posted on Vimeo that support both these thoughts. The first films a team of free runners in such a theatrical way as to bring the work into the realm of dance. The second combines visual arts and dance movement, again, in theatrical space and time. Both videos use filmic devices to abstract and manipulate the body in space.

Is this dance fusion? or dance film? or art performance? or just film/video that uses choreography and the body?

Holi Shit from Frank Sauer on Vimeo.

??? SCRIPTURA VITAE † A film by Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic | Music by Diplo ??? from Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic on Vimeo.