In 98 degrees heat in Seattle, Crabb/Rosenthal battled it out against Allen/Slick for the championship. There were some great plays. Rosenthal had an amazing dig. Stafford Slick talked about being hit in the face and suffering a retinal detachment. His story gave insight into the dangers in the sport. There are consequences to playing hard, but the glory is worth it. Allen/Slick won against Crbb/Rosenthal. That leaves Trevor Crabb in search of his first AVP win still. Keep the hope alive. Looking forward to so much more.
There’s nothing more exciting than to watch John John Florence surf. There’s nothing he can’t do. He charges, rips, throws his body into the air, and lands with control. His dedication is inspirational. Winning the CT title, he’s at the top of his game. He’s having so much fun at it too. Can’t wait to see more of him.
Dane Reynolds, the mystery surfer, departs from Los Angeles to South Africa in search of good waves to test out surfboards by shapers around the world. He methodically takes each one out and rides them in whatever waves nature offers up. At the end he reveals his favorite board. In the process, he rips, carves, and boosts into the air. To watch Dane surf is a treat. By most accounts, he’s the world’s best surfer, though he’s on the CT tour. Dane Reynolds and John John Florence, who won the world title, are two of the most beautiful surfers to watch. Can’t wait for more.
Sergie Polunin shares his inner world as he tells the story of his childhood, dance, and family life. To become one of the most interesting dancer in the world, he sacrifices his childhood. He dreams of a childhood playing with friends and being free. He’s an accomplished dancer, but that’s not freedom. To be free, he has to give it all up. And rediscover it on his own terms. Sergei Polunin dances with power and emotion. Through dance, he lets out his yearnings, struggles, and in the process, creates intriguing art.
Beyonce dropped her latest album, “Lemonade,” over the weekend and it’s so tasty. It’s streaming on Tidal. In her videos, she provides the spoken narrative to her story of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and female strength. She pulls from Black history, female history, and in her story of infidelity, she speaks to a universal pain. She unleashes her emotions in this visual, emotional, and stunning work of art. Beyonce brings issues to the forefront and we can’t get enough.
Young and beautiful, John John Florence is a surfer beloved by most who love surfing. He’s talented and competitive. He livens up the CT events, and finds time to make surf films that highlight his love for surfing and the ocean. In this latest film, he shows the viewers his home in Hawaii where he grew up and takes them into the depths, beauty, and danger of the sea. John John is magical. To watch him surf is to fall in love over and over again.
Dane Reynolds surfs for the art of it. He doesn’t give a shit about competitions though he’s caused some upsets as a wildcard lately. Some refer to him as the best surfer in the world. That’s just too much pressure for him. He lives in the moment and doesn’t like to think about performing for a score. He surfs his best when he’s out with some of his buddies, like in his recent edit from Marine Layer Productions. He’s California cool. Keep ripping!
Sergie Polunin in “Take Me to Church” by Hozier and directed by David LaChapelle is divine. He portrays the pain and struggle of Hozier’s song through his movements. Technically and effortlessly precise, he moves through space with passion and intensity. He captivates and makes one feel. He starts moving and one doesn’t want him to stop. He is everything.
In this emotional, disturbing, and controversial video, Maddie Ziegler captivated with her performance. She warred with the male character, Shia LaBeouf, in a dance that was beautiful, torturous, and poignant. Trapped in a cage, Ziegler slipped in and out, whereas LaBeouf could find no way out. The struggle was maddening. Intense and worth watching again and again.
Two dancers, Polina Semionova and Roberto Bolle, drenched, steam up the stage as their bodies intertwined to the beat of rain drops. Beyond sexy!
Polina Semionova flies through the air and takes us with her. She creates shapes and movement through space, and shows us a full range of emotions. She’s powerful, dynamic, and vulnerable. Beautiful!
Ballet features the beauty of the body, specifically the female one. Dancers spend hours in studio to perfect their technique and artistry. Nancy Raffa, ballet master from the American Ballet Theatre, talks about the Shostakovich’s influence on Russian ballet as Alexei Ratmansky presents the Shostakovich Trilogy. Music, movement, and artistic expression combine to create poetry.