Everything is Dance
It seems like every time I turn around there’s some brilliant new dance short featuring Storyboard P. And while I know little about Everything is Dance, I do know that it’s directed by Ben Newman, edited by Spencer Campbell, and that its startling and beautiful in a kind of magical, fabulist, Marquez-like way, which I love.
It has occurred to me that Storyboard P is a bit like a modern day Fred Astaire. His body has a movement style that’s sinewy and seamless like Astaire’s did, albeit in a completely different dance language, and we can watch him glide and hover in long wide shots without the need for multiple edits. And from what I can see, Story is all over the place at the moment, shooting ads for Apple, touring to Spain to improvise with Flamenco dancers, doing new music videos for Warner Brothers Records along with his buddy, fellow amazing Bruk Up dancer Albert Junito Esquilin Jr (aka “The Ghost”, who I am very excited to work with on my own film this August), and most recently writing his own music “No Chinx in My Armor”.
Everything is Dance is lush with a wonderful, “post rain” kind of color, and beautifully shot with a mostly moving camera. Not sure who did the music as there’s no liner credit notes to that effect, but it suits the film beautifully. And for just over 4 minutes I was transported into a gorgeous, urban, magical realist kind of dream.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Founder/Director of Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival, Sarah Elgart is a Los Angeles based choreographer and director working under the auspice of Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow. Sarah creates original content for stage, screen, and site-specific venues. Her stage and site-works have been performed at alternative spaces including LAX Airport, The Skirball Center, Mark Taper Forum, Van Nuys Flyaway, The Bradbury Building, Jacob’s Pillow, INSITU Site-Specific Festival NY, and Loft Seven, where she created a rooftop work lit entirely by a hovering helicopter accompanied by Nels Cline (Wilco). Her work has been produced by venues including The Music Center, MASS MoCA, Dance Place, Los Angeles Theater Center, Mark Taper Forum and The International Women’s Theater Festival. In film Sarah has worked with noted directors including JJ Abrams, David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, and Anton Corbijn. Her own films include award-winning music videos, dance shorts, and an Emmy nominated PSA, and continue to be accepted into festivals internationally. In addition to teaching dance and film, Sarah writes a regular column, ScreenDance Diaries that focuses on the intersections of both genres internationally for online magazine Cultural Weekly. Sarah’s work has received support from organizations that include the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, California Arts Council and more. She is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Dance Film Lab, a Fellow of AFI’s Directing Women’s Workshop, and a director member of the DGA.
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