Max Cookward a queer dance artist reflects on their connection to the physical and means of expression in a short film, directed by Harry Bowley. The Brit grew up with two mothers which he acknowledges would help when they would want to self-discover their gender identity and sexuality
Trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and currently performing with Andrea Miller in New York, this short film gives a glimpse into the artist’s mind. The Nowness doc film follows the curve of Cookward’s trajectory, tracing the freedoms – and at times, limitations – afforded them through their background, leading to the use of dance as a cathartic release, and means of exploring the intricacies of their experiences
Bowley captures Cookward ahead of a global tour with Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show – and, in the film, employs fashion as a signifier of change. Evolving from the traditional leotard, to gender non-conforming pieces, and an extravagant knitwear piece by Tim Ryan the growing dynamism of the wardrobe follows Cookward’s ascension to their raw, unashamed self, escalating to free-flowing fringing in which each movement reflects the process it took to get there, enhanced in slow motion.