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.