This is Feather Duster Theater.
I’m sharing a short sci-fi film, Within and Without, based on the Dunhuang exhibition (this is the final cut).
This film was inspired by religion, icons, Dunhuang, Jean-Luc Godard.
Inspiration is anything in front of my lens.
Reina Hidalgo and Asiel Hardison have been collaborating for 13 years—and dancing almost as long as they’ve been walking. Today they’re professional dancers, teachers, choreographers, and TV producers; Asiel is Lady Gaga’s dance captain, and you may have seen Reina on stage with Rihanna, Pink, or Missy Elliott.
They didn’t choose dance; it chose them. “I was always that one little kid dancing at parties and my mom was like, ‘we need to put her in something‘,” says Reina. Today their creative process “starts with the music inspiring an emotion from your body,” says Asiel. The space of the Getty enhances the process by inspiring them to “be free and big.”
Peek inside Reina and Asiel’s dance studio and take in the Getty air and landscape with them in this #GettyInspired video.
Connect with Reina Hidalgo
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my name is: Maz Jobrani
i make: Comedy
You might know Maz Jobrani as the star of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, co-host of the podcast Minivan Men, or author of the book I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One On TV. A comedian, Maz moved from Tehran to California when he was six years old. Today he spends a lot of time writing jokes about his kids—how much he loves them, and how much they drive him crazy.
Maz doesn’t wait around for inspiration to strike. “Part of inspiration is to create fun stuff for myself,” he told us. When he visits the Getty, Maz is particularly drawn to the views of L.A. “If I’m feeling down or if I’m feeling uninspired, seeing the view I feel like, ‘Oh wow, no matter what, someone’s experiencing something similar to me,’ and it inspires me to keep going.”
Maz invited #GettyInspired to his standup show at the Laugh Factory, then took a walk with us at the Getty Center.