Can’t stop the kiddie krump
As Films.Dance continues their rollout of fantastic dance films shot over the course of the pandemic, Sit Still is a remarkable and mesmerizing addition to the collection.
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A young girl appears in the abandoned hallways, bathrooms, and gyms of a school, silent, alone, dressed in a uniform.
The image is off-putting, but the girl is neat, carefully dressed, and arranged as a monolith. And then, she starts to dance. Her arms flail, her feet stomp, her face is scrunched up. It would be cute, but the energy coming off this child is aggressive, brutal, and leaves no room for anyone to call her sweet. She is a terror, but carefully controlled, expertly framed, and moving within a space that is totally and completely hers.
Filmmaker Vincent René-Lortie directs seven-year-old Adeline Kerry Cruz in Sit Still as she krumps through the vacant school. The piece is choreographed by Russel “Gutta” Ferguson, who has created emotional and charged points of impact throughout the film. The track is an original score by Brady Kendall of the Alaskan Tapes. The film was made through Films.Dance, produced by Jacob Jonas in partnership with Somewhere Magazine, and is co-presented by Harris Theater, The Wallis, and The Soraya.