We’re sad we’ve discovered this project so late (thnx Openculture), but with still 3 days to go (and to get financed) the Girl Walk // All Day new album and music+dance set is one of the most inspiring ideas we’ve seen this year so far.
Basically Girl Walk’s new album “All Day” (mash-up musician Gregg Gillis) has partnered with improvisational dancer Anne Marsen (and a supporting cast of contemporary dancers.. Dai Omiya, John Doyle..) and director-camera Jacob Krupnick to “create an album-length 71-min music video of grand proportions”.
“The idea behind Girl Walk // All Day emerged from their desire to expand the boundaries around the idea of the traditional music video, which usually spans the length of a single track. This album-length piece features a talented group of dancers across a range of public and private spaces around New York City, turning the city’s sidewalks and obstacles into part of an evolving improvisational dance routine”.
Back in 2009 Jacob Krupnick went on Craigslist to recruit 50 dancers for a promotional video for a footwear show. One of them was Anne Marsen, and after such experience they both decided that needed to collaborate again… to make “something kind of gigantic”. Then last November Girl Talk released his album “All Day”, a month later Krupnick and Marsen were on the early-morning Staten Island Ferry, along with two other dancers and Krupnick’s wife, carrying boomboxes and cameras and ducking security guards, shooting guerrilla-style test footage for “Girl Walk//All Day,”…. the rest of the story is now well known by all of you and is now one of the latest hits by raising platform Kickstarter.
The piece will be available for free online in short, serialized segments and we also plan to screen the full-length film in public spaces, and at festivals, concerts, parties, and beyond, inspiring an interactive viewing experience that will evolve into a series of dance parties around the globe.
A young dancer finds herself disgruntled with her low-paying, mundane waitressing job. One day, she impulsively quits, then takes a ferry to the city. Feeling incredibly inspired by what she sees, Anne dances her way across New York, using the city as her stage. Throughout her journey, she meets characters of all types, including a series of like-minded dancers, who’ll inspire new movements, engage her in small battles, and teach her to fear, love, laugh and live anew. From the ferry to museums, subways, ball games, bridges, bodegas, graveyards, flower shops, and more, Anne’s journey will bring her far and wide.
The album by Girl Walk is already free to download on his website. So enjoy both.