Move is a Netflix docuseries about dancers from all around the world. The series is written and directed by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai.
Move is very aware of what it is about. It isn’t a glorification of dance, it never says that dancing just happens and is easy and simple. Rather, it portrays the realities of different dance forms, the struggles of the dancers and how people are reinventing themselves and their culture through their talents.
Move contains five stories of five different dancers. Each story could’ve had a movie of itself because there’s just so much to show. The docuseries highlights the struggles and achievements of its artists; it highlights the graph that the artists’ lives have taken to bring them to where they are. Move’s biggest achievement is making these stories as relatable as possible. As I said, there’s no unnecessary glamorisation or overdramatization. It quietly but strongly portrays what it means to be an artist when there are struggles of different magnitudes in life. it’s a story of people’s resilience, their passion, expression, love and most importantly, freedom.
Dancing is an expression of what you feel at that particular moment. There’s obviously a lot more that goes into it, but it’s the passion that keeps everything going. The stories of five talented and very diverse group of people portray that, whatever be your form of expression, the passion for it remains constant.
It’s honest and very personal – Move talks about not only the artists’ life as a dancer but also their family life and cultural background. Culture plays a very important role when it comes to art, and that is portrayed brilliantly in this beautiful docuseries. These five artists use their talent and their culture to reinvent the world around them and inspire others to shed their inhabitations and reinvent themselves. These are stories that are extremely raw and personal.
Among the artists we have Jon Boogz and Lil Buck (street dance), Ohad Naharin (contemporary/Gaga movement), Israel Galvan (flamenco), Kimiko Versatile (dancehall) and Akram Khan (kathak). However, all the dance forms listed here are not followed to the T by any of these artists. They have reinvented these dance forms in order to find themselves and also do something different.
More often than not, when it comes to dance, we are not privy to what goes on behind the scenes. We always see the glamorous exterior but the struggles behind it is left unseen. However, art, and more specifically dance, is mostly triggered by what a person or a community is going through and have gone through in the past. You can’t express yourself if there’s nothing to express, and that’s where Move shines. It expertly portrays all the difficult times, sleepless nights and struggles that these artists have gone through to reach where they are. However, there’s ofcourse a long way to go for all of them.
Like most other Netflix documentaries, Move is also gorgeously shot. It’s a style that we’ve seen time-and-again and something that honestly works very well. Its raw and straight-forward approach gives precedence to the stories it’s trying to tell, so nothing else overshadows what’s important. But that doesn’t mean that Move isn’t gorgeous – because it is. The production quality is spectacular and there’s beauty and grace in the cinematography and direction itself. The interviews, old dance footage of the artists, and newer images mesh with each other seamlessly.
However, I must point out here that, even though Move is a powerful documentary, each episode is around 45-minutes long. People who are not interested in dancing, or do not wish to get too caught up behind the show might find it drag after a while. However, the stories are moving enough to (hopefully) keep you entertained.
Summing up: Move
Move is a humane tale about human beings following their heart and discovering themselves and the world around them. It’s about finding freedom and expressing themselves in an otherwise unforgiving world and creating a space where everyone can feel at home. The docuseries is moving and heartwarming and gives you a lot to think about.
Move is streaming on Netflix.
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