The judges on “So You Think You Can Dance” don’t just critique the performers; they’re judging the choreographers, too.
“You have to sit in the audience and smile and hope that [the dancers] kill it. As much as they’re getting looked at, the judges are looking at your stuff, too. All the choreographers are back there, having our own issues,” choreographer Luther Brown said during the latest installment of Variety Artisans.
Brown has choreographed many dances throughout the dancing competition’s run, and has worked with artists like Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera and P. Diddy in his career. Coming up with showstopping dances week after week taught him new things about the industry he’s been a part of his whole life.
“‘So You Think You Can Dance’ definitely changed up the dance industry. The show has made dancers famous. It brought dancers to the front of the light. It’s changed my career big time,” he said. “You have to do it sometimes not knowing what music is gonna clear. So you’re being challenged the whole time. It taught me how to make fast decisions, know how to pull the best out of people. You don’t have a week to get it together, you have hours to get it together.”
Stunt coordinator Wade Allen details the extensive planning behind the “Barry” Season 2 episode “ronny/lily,” which features long takes aplenty, a Rite-Aid Taekwondo battle and Bill Hader’s Barry getting “his ass kicked by a little girl.” The idea for the episode came about a year ago. “Bill [Hader] and I riffed about how funny it [...]
The judges on “So You Think You Can Dance” don’t just critique the performers; they’re judging the choreographers, too. “You have to sit in the audience and smile and hope that [the dancers] kill it. As much as they’re getting looked at, the judges are looking at your stuff, too. All the choreographers are back [...]
“Game of Thrones” costume designer Michele Clapton walks us through the creative process of tailoring the costumes to specific characters and episodes on Variety‘s Artisans series, presented by HBO. Clapton says she begins by sketching all of the characters with specific themes and practicality in mind. For example, she explains the lean design of Arya [...]
Hillary Clinton got candid in a wide-ranging interview at Variety’s Sundance Studio, opening up about misogyny, the 2020 election and her upcoming Hulu documentary, “Hillary.” During the conversation, she also clarified recent comments she made about Bernie Sanders, where she said “nobody likes” him. “I think we did that interview about a year and a […]
Director and writer of “Bad Hair,” Justin Simien, was joined by his cast Kelly Rowland, Elle Lorraine, Yaani King Mondschein, James Van Der Beek and Ashley Blaine Featherson for a deeply intimate conversation about black hair and Hollywood expectations. The conversation turned personal after Yaani King Mondschein revealed that she’s actually lost jobs in the […]
“Blast Beat” creators didn’t see themselves reflected in Latin stories being told today, so they wrote and shot their own. “This story is inspired by so many stories of our friends, family member that came from Latin America to the States,” director Esteban Arango explained at the Variety Sundance Studio presented by AT&T. “But we […]