Yo Yo Ma and Lil Buck would be draw enough, I’d say. But manohmanohman — check out what Lil Buck does to draw his performance to a close:
My every joint and ligament screams in mute sympathy. Human bodies shouldn’t be able to do that. An extraordinarily gifted human has done I have no idea how much constant, brutal, consuming work to make it look…well, not effortless, but graceful. Beautiful.
Enjoy, for just a moment, before resuming our regular coverage of the Trumpocalypse.
Oh — and open thread, also too.
PS: I thought about the “not normal” tag, for obvious reasons, and for equally obvious ones, declined to use it.
Culture of Truth
Well that’s pretty impressive
West of the Rockies (been a while)
Thanks for a true moment of Zen in a crazy #Pizzagate world.
Kind of a amazing that a person can move around like that with NO FRIGGING BONES!
I’m afraid that about 30 secs into this Marty’s dance cycle from the Big Lebowski popped into my brain and I just could not evict it. Totally unfair to Lil Buck but that’s what the Cohen bros have done to me.
J R in WV
Amazed, total control, even when it looked as if he was trying to keep a balance you just knew he was acting. Sliding along the very edge of the stage, totally unconcerned about that edge.
I dunno how he does that at all. Keepin’ loose, isn’t it !
Thanks for sharing.
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I just think of cello music as death music and holocaust music. This is mot.helping deling withave Trumpocalypse.Just sayin’
Genuinely good news: McCroy gives up
Thanks, one of my favorites. Here’s another version with better lighting, outdoors.
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Oh, am I grateful for the extraordinarily gifted among us. I can’t do those things; I suspect I was born incapable of being able to learn such things, but when I see him – and Yo Yo Ma, and all of the extraordinary people – honestly, it makes me appreciate being ordinary. I mean, I can’t do that, but my body moves and breathes and walks and sometimes my mind is blown by realizing I am a moving entity. I mean, I’m nothing special – except I have my place on the timeline and I am here in the world. That’s cool. Also, thanks for letting me think about non-orange things. Oh. I just had this flash of fantasy where Someone wanders into the orchard on his estate, and suddenly the branches of the citrus trees twist and writhe and then launch a thousand oranges at high velocity, in revenge for disgracing their very color. I should probably go lie down.
This seems to be a tribute to Anna Pavlova, no?
Here’s film of Pavlova.
Has anybody done any kind of hip hop ballet yet? Because I would watch that. I think more than a few people would. Could do for ballet what Hamilton’s doing for musical theater.
@SiubhanDuinne: and here’s a picture.
@Lalophobia: Lil Buck talks about being at the intersection of hip hop and ballet in this video.
That looks delicious! The Pavlova (dessert) was created by a chef in New Zealand in 1926, when Pavlova (ballerina) visited there on a world tour. It’s meringue and berries. What could be tastier?
We need a Pavlova Truck on every corner!
That cuts off the end — I thought the way he began and ended was a tribute to her ending. But maybe I’m just reading that in.
Unfortunately, yes. I see that a lot on YouTube, especially with old films. Don’t know whether the curtailment is in the original film or in a bad editing job. But AFAIK (old as I am, I never saw her dance!) she merely collapsed gracefully to the floor and didn’t do any of those yoga moves.
No, I’m sure she didn’t do yoga moves, but he started out in that attitude with the arms that looks like the way she ends, I think.
My two fake hips are speechless…
3Jane Tessier-Ashpool (a/k/a Lorinda Pike)
@Tom Levenson: I saw that over the weekend, and was completely gobsmacked. Where you and I have knees and elbows, he apparently has three joints per arm and two per leg.
Watching him is mesmerizing.
Reminds me a little of this version
Ding, dong, the witch is dead!
My weekend was made by catching my first ever Washington salmon.
Wife outdid me and caught two.
To give an idea of how strong and feisty they are, a morning of fishing snapped the tips on a pair of borealis rods and required us to go get warranty replacements for the following day. One would-be catch managed to snap off the 30 lbs test line I was running as a leader. Pacific salmon are a freshwater angler’s dream.
Simply magnificent – a master of his craft (both of them)
If you ever want to start an international incident, mention this origin story to an Australian. Apparently the origin of the dessert (a fave of Nigella Lawson’s in fact) is their biggest tension.
Yes, I am aware that there are competing claims. I honestly don’t much care; it’s wonderful to eat, and it matters not a whit to me which antipodean nation thought it up.
Will be proudly wearing my Cooper for Governor t-shirt at the Duke-UNLV game on Saturday.
Did you ever see Altynai Asylmuratova perform Swan Lake? She was one of my all time favorites. She danced with Kirov/Ballet Mariinsky.
Nice! Assume Chinook if tackle-breaking was on the agenda. Pound-for-pound I find silvers/Coho to be as feisty as any, but they lack the Chinook ginormity.
It is like watching another level of physical being. Though I will say, the mental control it must take to time each move to Saint Saens must be just insane. I have a bad relationship to that piece of music — I keep wanting to scream “get somewhere!” and damned if he doesn’t.
This was wonderful! The only thing that irritated me was the editing. Why couldn’t they have simply played the shot from the audience view and let us see the whole performance as the artists intended it to be seen?
Thank you for sharing this Tom! It’s stunning and a much needed respite from the circus peanut.
Wow. Thank you for sharing this!