To celebrate its recent acquisition by Hyundai, Boston Dynamics has a pack of its Spot robot-dogs (now with hands because the quadruped action wasn’t disturbing enough) perform to “IONIQ: I’m On It’ by Korean boyband BTS.
Recorded before her death in 2019, 90 year old former Radio City Music Hall Corps de Ballet soloist, Paulette Harwood shares the energy and passion that characterised her subsequent career as a dance teacher in a poignant film by her grandson James Gallagher who sez:
…she was interesting before I knew what interesting was. I didn’t set out to make a film, I knew my grandmother and the school wouldn’t be around forever and I wanted to document it before she went away
As a prima ballerina in New York during the 1960s, Marta C. González performed Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake perhaps hundreds of times.
Marta had Alzheimer’s and recently passed away. But in this poignant footage, filmed last year in Valencia, interspersed with clips of her past performances, she is reanimated by the music of the ballet, recalling choreography that she still knew by heart.
An elegant mix of choreography and VFX directed by Barnaby Roper, featuring dancer Kendi Jones in an interpretation of the momentous walk to school in 1953 of Elizabeth Eckford – one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of black students who were first to integrate Central High in Arkansas.
Initially banned from attending and hectored by crowds of angry white students, teachers, and community members, the nine were eventually admitted following an intervention by Dwight D. Eisenhower.