by Christine Zimmermann
If you don’t already know who Yanis Marshall is, it’s high-time you do. A French choreographer, dancer, and teacher whose signature pieces are performed in heels higher than I could ever hope to walk in, he is the most profound personification of artistic ferocity.
Marshall’s is the only YouTube channel I subscribe to, and it is always a treat when new videos of his choreo grace my inbox. Last week, I was disappointed to load up for his work to Queen Bey’s “Rocket,” only to find that the audio had been removed for copyright reasons. As luck would have it, Yanis doesn’t need music. Watching this silent, black and white footage is like being transported back to a 1920’s Charlie Chaplin picture-show, just with more leg.
His movement in this piece is enthralling, and I’m especially mesmerized by the blur of his arms at 0:56. But, I warn you… watch on YouTube and it could be hours before you climb back out of the Yanis Marshall rabbit hole.
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