The Dancer on the Staten Island Ferry

In case you missed it, this New York Times Sun­day Mag­a­zine sto­ry offers a great exam­ple of How We Live/­Dance/­Film/­Self-Finance these days.

What we have here is a sev­en minute col­lab­o­ra­tion between direc­tor Jacob Krup­nick and clas­si­cal­ly-trained bal­let refugee Anne Marsen. Shot gueril­la-style on the Stat­en Island Fer­ry, the video fea­tures Marsen’s gid­dy pas­tiche of hip hop, bal­let, mod­ern and jazz dance. The sound­track is also a pas­tiche of sorts, an excerpt from mashup DJ Girl Talk’s new album, “All Day.”

Grup­nick post­ed the clip above as a teas­er on the crowd­fund­ing site Kick­starter in Jan­u­ary, hop­ing to raise enough mon­ey to make it into a full-length dance film. He met his fundrais­ing goal with­in 6 days, and the team starts shoot­ing in April.

A note: It takes about two min­utes for the action to real­ly kick in, and if you’re lis­ten­ing to it from an office, be sure to turn the vol­ume down first.

Sheer­ly Avni is a San Fran­cis­co-based arts and cul­ture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Week­ly, Vari­ety, Moth­er Jones, and many oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. You can fol­low her on twit­ter at @sheerly.

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  • k. Smith says:

    First I have to state that I noticed the cred­its in the video on direc­tion to Jacob Krup­nick while in the arti­cle you men­tion it as James Krunick. I am just point­ing out an assumed error.

    This direc­tion, song choice and danc­ing are fan­tas­tic. I can see how cre­ative the arts have to be in order to show us their work these days. Kudo’s to these col­lab­o­ra­tors.

  • Seth Harwood says:

    What is wrong with NEW YORKERS??? I mean, insou­ciance and being jad­ed are fine, but freak­ing smile, peo­ple!! WTF? How cool do you have to be to get to Stat­en Island?

  • Sheerly Avni says:

    To K. Smith: Thanks for the sharp eyes, we made the fix!

  • Curtis P. says:

    I saw some smiles and it made me smile. Why is it only chil­dren and artists smile?

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