Sunday, May 19, 2019

Kim Chungha

The artist that I'd like to share is Chungha Kim, but in Korea they say the last name first, so she goes by Kim Chungha. The reason behind me sharing her is because I truly admire her dancing talent. I, as as a dancer, use her own choreography as an inspiration when it comes down to making my own choreography. Her style is very similar to what I do when I choreograph and watching how she executes her moves is what makes me want to grow as a dancer. In Korea and US, Chungha's dancing is very well known! It has been infamous since her first appearance as a K-pop idol on a Korean show called "Produce 101". (1:50-2:33)
This video is what made Chungha's dancing famous. Nobody could believe that what she did was freestyle. Since then, she's gone through the process of becoming a K-pop idol, and her dancing has grown a lot since then.
This second video is a piece that Chungha choreographed herself. As you can see, her growth in dance is huge compared to the previous video. The way she executes her moves is a lot stronger.
This article is about Chungha's first win with her most recent comeback "Gotta Go". If you take a look at the video that is also included in the article, the choreography is nothing the way you'd expect it because of the way she dances. The choreography that goes along with the song is what gave her the well-deserved winning position on the charts.

Alex Turner

Alex Turner

Not everyone can make a name for themselves. Not everyone can really pull off their own style. But Alex Turner can. This Englishman started his singing career as just another garage band, shaggy-haired average-joe. It took him a couple years in the industry to work out his kinks, explore his potential as an artist, and define his image in the Arctic Monkeys. In fact, Alex Turner has defined his image many times. Because that is what Alex Turner does best. More than a singer, he's an actor, a chameleon, a shifting, shapeless mass of egoism and musical success. He can sing and write music, he knows it, but he also knows how to be something he is not, and he knows how to do it well. What I find most inspiring about Alex Turner is that he just oozes swaggering charisma and confidence on stage despite him knowing how fake he is. He completely pulls off everything he does, whether he is dressed as a leather-jacketed greaser, 70's rocker, or a preppy broken-hearted romantic. He is like a great actor, able to pull off any role and make himself believable, and, as an artist, this makes him more than just a singer.  

Alex's many styles and looks throughout his career.

Some interesting esoteric facts about the man himself.

Alex gives us some insight on the magic behind his musical madness. 

Dan Avidan
This is the Youtube channel that is partly owned by Dan Avidan, along with Arin Hanson. This is a well known media outlet and source of information on Dan do to it being of of the biggest Lets Play channels on Youtube where both he and Arin Hanson post videos of them playing video games to earn revenue through the use of Youtube advertisement monetization and the selling of channel related merchandise.
This is the main website for the band Dan Avidan Co owns with Brian Wecht. This is what first got Dan Avidan on the scene of pop culture and in the view of the public eye. The band itself makes comedy 1980's style music and has so far published four original albums: NSFW, Strawberries and Cream, Attitude City, and Cool Patrol.
Starbomb is another band co owned by Dan Avidan, along with Arin Hanson, and Brian Wecht. The band identifies itself as a Synthpop/Hip-Hop supergroup that creates video game based parody music. This is the second band that has Dan Avidan as a main vocalist and co owner.

I feel as though Dan Avidan is worth sharing do to the way he rose into modern day pop culture, the parody/comedy type of music that he produces, and the important part that he has played in the modern day sub culture of Youtube Lets Play communities. His rise into what is modern day pop culture could be seen as a strange and lucky one within the eye of someone viewing it. With his initial start up in the genre of comedy pop music its rare to see someone rise to the level of popularity that he has. This can somewhat be attributed to his time spent on the Lets Play channel on Youtube "Game Grumps" where he gained some following do to his time spent playing video games with Arin Hanson a fellow Youtube entertainer and vocalist. This in itself is also another reason I feel that he deserves to be recognized within this post, the rise in popularity of  the Youtube Lets Play community can partially be attributed to him along with Arin Hanson and Jonathan Jafari do to their time spent on the popular channel "Game Grumps". From his rise to stardom in an uncommon musical genre to his continuing success as a personality, entertainer, and performer. I feel although he deserves to be recognized as a influential artist of our time do to his impact on what we view as current pop culture and art within his mediums.

Raffaello Sanzio Da Urbino

     Raphael has always been one of my very favorite artists due to his compelling work in painting, and the content that he chose to picture in his art. He worked in the same era as Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci in the high renaissance period. My favorite work of his has to be "The School of Athens" which is present in the Vatican. I love how he references historical figures that he admired, as well as showcasing his ability to use point perspective to give the painting depth and make it lifelike. Additionally, I find Raphael a very compelling artist due to his tendency to paint self-portraits. Many artists want to be recognized for their work, so I find it entertaining that Raphael made himself the subject of many of his works to point out how highly he thought of himself as a painter. He mainly painted oil on canvas but also completed many drawings and some architecture in his lifetime. After a two week long illness at the age of only thirty-seven, Raphael passed away and was buried in the Pantheon.
Three informational website links about Raphael:

  • - This website provides a great short biography on Raphael. It provides information on his various life periods and the major art that he produced. It is a very reliable source and would be great for researching before writing an essay on him.
  • - This website provides a brief synapse of who Raphael was, but is most useful due to its visual images of his work. It includes photos, titles, and descriptions of all of his most famous art. This site would be a good source for seeing and analyzing photos of his paintings.
  • - This website has a detailed but concise description of Raphael's life and works, but should be most noted for its slideshow of several of his most famous works. It is a very reliable website to find a brief description of this artist along with showing viewers a good sample of his work. It would be best for just learning a few facts about Raphael, not necessarily an essay research resource.

Misty Copeland

          Misty Copeland is a ballet icon in America, especially among dancers of color. Misty Copeland began dancing at the age of 13, which is unusually late for a professional ballerina, and rose quickly through the ranks of the ballet world. In the year 2000, at the young age of 18, Misty became the first African American dancer to join the American Ballet Theater as a principal ballerina. In a company of 80 dancers, Misty remained the only African American dancer in the company for a decade, and even now is accompanied by only 2 other dancers of color. Misty is an incredibly inspirational figure to many aspiring dancers because she has become an advocate for diversity in the world of dance, and has even written several books about her life and experience of prejudice throughout her journey as a prima ballerina. She is now 36 years old, a full year past the average retiring age for principal dancers, and she continues to perform for the American Ballet Theater as well as traveling around the world to spread her message of encouragement to young dancers across the globe. Misty Copeland is an important role model to me personally because as a child she is exactly what I wanted to be. I remember seeing videos of Misty online in The Firebird, The Nutcracker, and many other productions and imagining myself in her place on that stage. I still firmly believe it was that fantasy and Misty's words of encouragement that convinced me to keep pursuing my dreams of becoming a professional dancer. 

Misty Copeland's official website contains a description of her life history as well as a gallery of images and videos of her performances.
This NPR article contains an interview of Misty Copeland on her book Firebird, which is about her struggle for acceptance in the ballet community as a minority dancer. 
This article from The Harvard Gazette gives readers an inside look into a special lecture Misty gave at Harvard in which she shares her life story and her inspiration for her book Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger and More Graceful You, which is all about the critiques she faced about her body type as an African American dancer.

Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele is a filmmaker responsible for creating the box office hits Get Out and Us. His work in creating these movies have made leaps and bounds in diversity within modern film. Get Out was released in 2017, resulting in Peele being the first black director to have a one million dollar film debut. This film was rated 99% on Rotten Tomatoes and was a smash hit on almost every film review site. Jordan Peele uses his platform to create films that address relevant issues in modern America, such as racism, social class, and police brutality. I think that it is important for people to see his movies, as they feature an immense amount of representation, and pass along very important messages. He is able to tell his stories in terrifying, yet emotionally compelling ways. He is taking his activism for equality to a place where it can be digested and appreciated by many, in a tasteful, an artistic way. 

USA Today: Jordan Peele embraces his latest role with 'Us': 'I'm a truth seeker in my work'

This article discusses Peele's passion for his work, and why he does what he does. This article mostly addresses his most recent work, Us. Peele goes into detail on his "truth" and how he displays that within his movies.

The Hollywood Reporter: Jordan Peele on Making Movies After 'Us': "I Don't See Myself Casting a White Dude As the Lead"

This piece addresses the diversity in Peele's cast, and why he feels it is important to have representation.

The New York Post: How ‘Us’ director Jordan Peele honed his horror chops on ‘Key & Peele’

The New York Post analyzes Peele's history in comedy and how that lead him to being the director of horror movies that he is today. This article links videos of his old darker sketches, and allows the reader to find parallels between then, and now.

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, in my opinion is the best tap dancer the world has ever seen. He was a trailblazer, becoming the most famous African American tap dancer in the 20thcentury known for breaking the boundaries of dance and film being the first African American to perform alongside a white woman onscreen and still has a large impact today. Bill is important to me because he is the reason I wanted to enroll in tap. When I was just six years old, I was watching The Little Colonel a Shirley Temple movie with my sister and I was instantly intrigued by his stair dance with Shirley. I loved how he was able to make music with his feet; it was an amazing sight to see. When I saw Shirley jump in and dance with Bill, I thought to myself if she could keep up with him certainly I can too. I began tap because of him and I’ve been doing it ever since. Bill’s footwork is a sight to watch, somehow, he is able to make multiple sounds at once and make it all look so effortless and easy. He was also an innovator in the sense that he danced more up on the balls of his feet and his toes rather than the previous style of flat-footed shuffling. His style of tap was delicate and perfect.  
The Little Colonel (1935)
This article is a biography of Bill’s life and incredible career. He was inducted into the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 2002. 

This article, from the Smithsonian tells of the three ways Bill changed dance forever not only just tap. The three ways were through performing solo, not using the norm of blackface, and performing alongside of white actors. 

Lovely article from npr on how Shirley Temple and Bill had a lifelong friendship. The two were the first interracial couple to appear onscreen in a dance.