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Bright Young Things

Art is the only way to travel without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp’s quote rings truer than ever, as we negotiate our various states of isolation. For dancers, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant training at home, taking part in online classes, and interacting with dance fans via social media. For the foreseeable future, the performing arts are confined to the digital realm.

Photograph by Karolina Kuras

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Rewind a few months, when we were shooting for the second edition of Fjord Review #2, we were mindful of a new wave of dance talent. Bright Young Things, directed and filmed by Karolina Kuras, features ten up-and-coming dancers in a fashion collaboration with VSP Consignment. What I find inspiring about this project is the sense of innovation and creative drive, relevant now to the future not only of dance, but our society as a whole.

Many thanks to everyone who came together to create this film, including dancers Genevieve Penn Nabity, Jason Ferro, Tene Ward, Tom Leprohon, Godwin Merano, Lucy Elliott, Shale Wagman, Hannah Galway, Siphe November, and Arielle Miralles. Hair and make up by Ashley Readings, music by Naladog, choreography by Nicholas Rose, and backstage photography by Ethan Watts. Film concept and creation by Karolina Kuras. For the exclusive photoshoot, pick up a copy of Fjord Review #2 below.

Penelope Ford


Penelope is the founding editor of Fjord Review, international magazine of dance and ballet. Penelope graduated from Law and Arts with majors in philosophy and languages from the University of Melbourne, Australia, before turning to the world of dance. She lives in Italy.

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