I saw two dance videos recently that I liked for their combination of classical and contemporary styles. The first, surprisingly enough, is an advertisement for Rag & Bone’s new menswear line. The dancers are Baryshnikov (yes, Misha, really) and Lil Buck, and the song is by the Venetian Snares. It’s a fun mash up of styles, from the aesthetic to the music and movement. And yeah, I may have drooled over the clothing line just a little bit 😉
The second went viral recently, and with good reason. This is Sergei Polunin, a Ukrainian ballet dancer, dancing to a song by Hozier. I love pretty much everything about this — the dance, the song, the space, and the videography. Oh yes, and Polunin’s tattoos. He’s had critics, of course, saying that he ruined his career, his ability to play roles, etc. by getting inked — that body art distracts from getting into character. I think that’s silly. It’s like saying people of different races or genders can’t play certain roles. The whole point of performance is to become the part, and he does this beautifully.