I’ve truly never been more proud of a performance or a routine that the team choreographed nor been so anxious to share the footage with you all.
a month or so ago, Danny was sleeping at my house one night and he came into my room excited after waking up to a call from jeremy green before me that next morning, stumbling over his own words danny told me to call Jeremy myself ASAP. I called him and he told me he wanted lotustyle to put together a piece for his benefit show “Behind the Movement: Refuge” and then i was speechless myself lol. We were super honored to be asked to do that for Jeremy after learning from him over the past year and him being such an influential mentor to us.
For a couple of weeks, we spent a lot of time strictly for planning. Around the same time, I was wrapping up production on “freudian” and actually Danny, Myself and Rachel Harris (a good friend of mine that i grew up dancing with at the same competition studio) we got together earlier that year and co-choreographed the choreography for the blessed video that went into the short film. Danny suggested that we revamp that choreo a little and choreograph and stage the rest of the song on a bigger batch of dancers and I thought it was a pretty good idea to fit the theme of the show that Jeremy wanted us to abide by.
We did want to do a group piece originally, but over time even days before the show itself we lost our dancers one by one to other last minute life things or prior commitments that switched up and really just sheer bad luck I guess. for a second we had about 3 out of the nine people we started with, including Danny and I and we really didn’t know what to do next. Jeremy comforted us in our crazy situation and gave us some good insight and suggested that we try our best to restage the dance to fit just us three before the show on Sunday: which realistically was about 48-72 hours away. crazy haha.
Somehow we pulled it together in the studio late Friday night, drove to Atlanta the next day and then the show was on Sunday. Ran our tech rehearsal Sunday morning and before the show even started or even the final dress run for that matter, we received a lot of amazing feedback that was super reassuring to the problems we had just been having. It’s still hard to believe that our audience, Jeremy, the other dancers and choreographers from the show felt so moved by our piece and even those that knew about the craziness said the piece as a trio was so much more intimate and powerful. This was such a crazy weekend and a crazy process but ironically, this is the most content I’ve felt about anything our team has produced for our audience.
So, please please please enjoy this footage of our dress rehearsal of the dance with a long story attached to it haha. Thank you to Jeremy for this opportunity to share in front of the Atlanta Dance Community, we’re so inspired by you constantly and i’m sure the rest of the community definitely feels the same.
“Blessed” - Daniel Caesar
Choreographed by Danny Jimenez, Rachel Harris and Myself
Danced by Danny Jimenez, Zawadi Mbalule and Myself
From the 2018 Behind the Movement Showcase “Refuge” produced by Jeremy Green and 411South Talent.
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