London-based choreographer, Benjamin Milan, has collaborated with the likes of Madonna, FKA twigs, Kylie Minogue, Mykki Blanco, Zara Larsson, Taylor Swift, Teyana Taylor, among others—making a name for himself by seamlessly integrating voracious voguing styles with boundary-pushing ideas and concepts.
Now, RadicalMedia’s directing duo Jonas & Julien (Jonas Hegi and Julien Simshauser), take the Swedish-born, “Father of the House of Milan” choreographer on a journey of self-exploration, self-expression and self-acceptance in a new voguing odyssey called New Ways. All with a original music by Gaika.
Featured on global YouTube video channel, Nowness, which focuses on the best in culture, the four-part film is a visual ode on the transformative power of dance. “This film is about my journey in the ballroom scene,” says Milan. “This is about how voguing helped me accept myself and find a community that welcomed and understood me for who I am.” The video is not only about only self-expression, but also deeper respect for the LGBTQ+ community, ethnic minorities, and other marginalized people.
Hegi says, “For me, it was important to create an artistic and emotional portrait that talks about ballroom on a personal level while being respectful to its community. The four chapters are poetic and surreal interpretations of different stages of Benjamin’s life.”
“I wanted to present voguing in a different context alongside Jonas, Gaika and my ballroom family,” says Milan, “and push where you can take this art form, while still staying true to the essence of ballroom.”
Choreographed by Milan featuring original music by Gaika
Directed by Jonas&Julien
Produced by RadicalMedia and Builders Club
Executive Producer: Ben Schneider