Spike Jonze shoots a dynamic dance film live on The Tonight Show
Mia Wasikowska and Lakeith Stanfield brought their 'Changers' moves to late night
That feverish perfume ad with The Leftovers‘ Margaret Qualley, that “Crazy Legs” Levi’s commercial, and various eye-catching music videos all have Spike Jonze‘s creative mark on them. Now, the filmmaker has added another outside-the-box project to his roster with the piece Changers: A Dance Story, an excerpt of which he adapted and shot live on stage for The Tonight Show on Wednesday.
Mia Wasikowska (Crimson Peak) and Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out) star in the performance, which will be presented for the public at the LaMaMa theater in New York City’s East Village. The two play a couple, and the performance “sets up their relationship,” Jonze said. The Her filmmaker wrote and directed Changers, which was choreographed by Ryan Heffington for the fashion label Opening Ceremony to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief.
“This was initially, it’s a fashion show,” he explained. “So these are the Opening Ceremony clothes, but then we sort of, I decided to make this 40-minute dance narrative where there’s no dialogue and we wrote out this whole script and all the dialogue is communicated through their dance and through their movement.”
He added, “The play or dance piece or whatever you want to call it is basically about their relationship and the evolution of their relationship.”
Watch the Tonight Show short film above.
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