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Man Floats Free In Hotel Corridor

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 04:56 AM

We live in a sea of air. It holds us, weighs on us, keeps us tethered. The earth, of course, holds us too, keeps us pinned. But not all of us. I want you to meet Storyboard P, a dancer who floats.

In this dance, he's in a British hotel, in a corridor — basically a tight, long, low narrow box. Just watch his feet or (later) his knees. They're on the carpet, but barely. If I were the nylon or the polypropylene in that carpet, would I feel him sliding over me? I guess so, but I'm not totally sure. He can play with weight. He can make it come, and you feel him settling, he can make it go, and you feel him almost lifting off. This man has bird in him; watch him flutter, just a little, at the end.


Storyboard P is in his mid-20s; he's from Brooklyn; his dances are mostly improvised — composed of small, tight, quiet gestures that recall, here and there, Michael Jackson (and all manner of street dancing, plus wisps of Fred Astaire, Savion Glover and the Nicholas Brothers). Jonah Weiner at The New Yorker did a short profile of him and the "flex" dance culture that spawned him. This dance (shortened from the original) was performed in 2012 in a London hotel. The song, "Flight," was sung and composed by the Bristol-based songwriter Toyface.

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Lyra A. Yeats from Barbados

Dancing has been a passion of mine since I was two years old. This truly interest me because the way this dancer moves in mind-blowing! The way he carries himself to make him look like he is floating is just magnificent!If only everyone could dance like him! The song is another great thing about this video because the lyrics refer to a butterfly flying, almost like the dancer does in the video! I truly enjoyed this podcast!

Oct. 27 2014 10:31 PM
Steph from Austin, Tx

absolutely beautiful.

Jul. 11 2014 12:41 AM
marz

Splendid :)

Jul. 01 2014 02:50 PM

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