Rite of Spring by Sasha Cohen
Renowned American figure skater Sasha Cohen, clad in pale Nina Ricci, glides and spins in the lyrical short film from Jake Sumner. The film was released today at Nowness.com website.
Currently studying at Columbia University, Cohen grew up in California and competed at the top level of skating for more than a decade, winning a gold medal in the 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships and silver medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics and the World Figure Skating Championships.
“We wanted to explore the transformation that happens when she’s on the ice,” explains Sumner, who collaborated with stylist Emily Barnes for this film.
“When we met, she told me that she tries to become part of the music to deal with the pressure and we thought this would be an interesting focus.”
Cohen’s off-the-rink star turns include appearances in Blades of Glory and Project Runway, as well as a collaboration with Klingbeil on a line of skating boots. “When you see her perform, it’s like watching something superhuman.” says Sumner.
Watch the film