From Sarah Kaufmann, Washington Post: A daring and appealing short film called “Enemy Within” brings Marquese “Nonstop” Scott–the ingeniously slinky YouTube sensation–together with New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck, Matthew Rushing, the soulful and revered veteran of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and up-and-comer Samantha Figgins of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. The 18-minute film dramatizes the struggle with insecurity that even master dancers such as these face.
The Enemy Within is a short narrative dance film that brings together some of the most well-known and talented dancers in their respective genres. Featuring Matthew Rushing, Rehearsal Director with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Tiler Peck, Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet, YouTube sensation Marquese 'Nonstop' Scott and Samantha Figgins, dancer with Alvin Ailey and formerly of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the film captures the beauty of human movement through a cinematic, narrative lens. In this film, Insecurity (portrayed by Figgins) stalks the three individuals as they are forced to conquer their deepest vulnerabilities. Tackling beauty, self image and confidence this project weaves fine art at the highest level with street dance and film to tell the story of The Enemy Within. This film also includes a 'Making of' documentary that highlights the artistic process of bringing dancers from such divergent backgrounds together.
The Enemy Within has screened at festivals including: Cinedans International Film Festival San Francisco Dance Film Festival International Screen Dance Festival Berkshire International Film Festival Palm Springs International Film Festival Las Vegas Film Festival
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