Baryshnikov and Lil Buck Win Everything in This Rag & Bone Video

February 4, 2015

Jookin sensation (and now ballet crossover) Lil Buck manages to look effortlessly at home wherever he’s dancing. Ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov has managed to be the coolest person in the dance world for the past, oh, four decades.

What happens when you dress these these two forces of awesome in fashion-y ensembles and put them on a soundstage together?


Misha and Lil Buck, gettin’ it.

Kudos to Rag & Bone for dreaming up the Baryshnikov/Buck collaboration. It’s showcased in a “study of movement” short film that’s a ridiculously effective way to display the fashion house’s beautiful clothes. For us dance people, though, it’s not, of course, about the clothes.

It’s about Lil Buck’s body control being so insane that he can even choreograph the movements of his hat (2:45). It’s about Baryshnikov’s uncanny ability to move in a completely distinct way while still channeling Buck’s crazy footwork. It’s about the delicious pseudo-dance fight that breaks out two minutes in. It’s about the fact that these extraordinary dancers are better model-y models than any of the runway models featured (SO MUCH FACE at 1:05). It’s about Baryshnikov and Lil Buck being not only masters of their craft but also, quite possibly, masters of the universe.

Soak it in, everyone.