3 (Dance-Related) Reasons to Park Yourself on the Couch This Friday Night
April 20, 2017

I’m pretty sure I just found my Friday night plans. (Lucky for me, it doesn’t involve leaving my couch.) And for no good reason other than that great dance shouldn’t go unappreciated or unseen (and that I also happen to be a generous person), I’m here to convince you to adopt my plan as your own: Watch the narrative dance film Young Men, streaming now on PBS, about a group of young men who experience the brutality of war. Here’s why:

  1. The dancers are amazing. It’s performed by members of BalletBoyz, the London-based contemporary ballet company with a thing for dance film founded by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. The dancers look like this:

Who’s objectifying? Not meeeee…

And dance like THIS:

2. Young Men was choreographed by Iván Pérez, a former Nederlands Dans Theater member who created one of my absolute favorite dances in the history of contemporary dance (I do not say this lightly)—Flesh, which he choreographed for NDT II. The partnering in this piece alone is SICK. I seriously watch videos of this dance once every couple of months:

3. It’s only streaming on PBS until May 5. That’s roughly a little over two weeks left. Watch this trailer, and I’m positive you’ll be ready to commit to this as your Friday Night Plan.

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