The Joffrey Ballet and Action Lines, a video production company founded by artists Joffrey Xavier Núñez, Dylan Gutierrez and writer/producer Eric Grant, unveils a bold new video filmed at FDR Four Freedoms State Park to mark Pride Month. Commissioned by the Freedoms Park Conservancy for their annual Pride Flag installation, which transforms the park’s grand stairs into New York’s largest Pride flag, the video follows a star performer from the Joffrey Company as they dance across the park, culminating on the steps of the huge Progress Pride flag. Empowering and celebratory, the dancer strips layers of old costumes to unapologetically depict the fluidity of sexual and gender identity and self-expression. The film is available at YouTube.com/TheJoffreyBallet.
Created as a company by and for independent performers, Action Lines was formed at the height of the pandemic in 2020 by Núñez and Gutierrez, and Grant. Action Lines brings new perspectives to dance films and provides opportunities to strengthen the connections between the performing arts and digital media.
As described by Action Lines: “This commission is an unapologetic example of self-expression and reminds us of the power of art to advance dialogue on human rights. With this work, we wanted to create an intimate portrait of gender and sexual identity by honing in on an individual dancer’s journey.The larger-than-life Pride Flag in FDR Four Freedoms State Park represents a beacon of hope and freedom that the dancer expresses through the movement and transformation. We hope this triumphant tale will embolden people of all genders and their sexual identities to live their most authentic lives and know that their dreams and desires are being celebrated.”
“We are grateful to our partners at Four Freedoms Park Conservancy for welcoming our artists in their celebration of Pride Month. Collaborations like this infuse new energy and creative inspiration into our work as artists, professionals and individuals,” says Ashley Wheater MBE, the Joffrey’s artistic director Mary B. Galvin.
Joffrey President and CEO Greg Cameron said, “We continue to enthusiastically support Action Lines, whose passions and interests – from education to graphic design to film – add to the vibrancy of our artistic community and reflect our collective values, to respond to the conversations of our times to inspire genuine approaches to inclusion and equity that lead the way to a better world. »
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy CEO Howard Axel said, “We are thrilled to partner with the Joffrey Ballet and Action Lines in honor of our Pride celebration. Their visionary film is both moving and visually stunning, allowing audiences to enjoy a front-row seat to one of the world’s great architectural masterpieces.” Axel adds, “Four Freedoms Park Conservancy s partners with arts organizations to bring theater, visual art, dance and multimedia projects to the Presidential Memorial to inspire the next generation of conversations around the ideals of the four freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, free from want and free from fear.”