Updates from the Twin Cities

by Nina Joly

Pleased to day good morning from Minneapolis-Saint Paul, where I'm spending the next two weeks back at the Saint Paul City Ballet. I'm getting ready to teach my first class of the studio's upper-level summer intensive, and later tonight is my first rehearsal with the cast of my new piece,  which will be a fun and swirly group dance set to Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love." Check out the hilarious video here and spin around your living room:

Speaking of vids, I've got work in two debuting this month. At the end of June i jetted down to LA for two days to shoot Foxygen's new video for the Star Power single "How Can You Really," directed by Grant Singer, who is responsible for videos for hotties like Sky Ferreira and Kendrick Lamar. We wore sparkly short-shorts and danced a million takes and hopefully it'll be a very fun vid. Look for it in the coming weeks!

Our most-dear-to-my-heart Olympia-based project Holy Komodo is also releasing a video this month, along with a bunch of new recordings, photos, a music festival, and other exciting bits and pieces, so prepare to have your world taken over. Although Holy Komodo has to take a short hiatus while Justin and I tour with Foxygen, all involved have been working really hard in preparation for releasing all of our new stuff. We also plan to tour after the new year, so keep a lookout for dates! The boys and I had a superfun time filming our video for the single "Wanna Be Ur Lady"- it'll be brimming with cross-dressing, coffee-pouring, dance partying, snakes, kissing and office dance scenes. Here's an awesome pic of us going nuts on set!

Finally, it's been exciting to learn about two cool upcoming Foxygen shows in Europe baby! On October 31, we'll have the pleasure of doing a Halloween show at the Village Underground in London which will hopefully be actually, genuinely creepy. Take a look here:


Amazingly, the following day we get to play Paris' Pitchfork Festival along with St. Vincent, Belle and Sebastian, Four Tet, Chvrches and other neat kids:


With that, it's time to put together a jazz-class-warmup playlist that high-school-age ballet dancers will hopefully be into. Thanks for reading!