Friday, July 17, 2009

There's a Lot Going on Here

Watch This Video of a teen dude dancing and gaming, both, remarkably

Several things i enjoy about this video:

  • The sincerity of his performance and the sincerity of the audience's enjoyment of it. No money's changing hands here - he's enjoying performing for them, this dance he's worked on, and they're enjoying the fruits of that.
  • the beginning of the video establishes his relationship to the audience - he gets song demands shouted at him, his shrug asserts so little in return. Nonetheless his asides make the crowd laugh with him - sort of an equal with them; "he's one of theirs". I think this makes their very vocal enjoyment of the dance all the more satisfying - and i would think that they would know what they were getting, but they still sound stunned (sss) and astonished at a few moments in the performance.
  • Reminded me of a David Byrne quote m'grandpappeh told meh...
What I took away from the whole Talking Heads experience was the idea that if you know the kinds of restrictions you have to work within - budgetary restrictions, or creative restrictions or whatever - that can be great, that can even be a spur to creativity. That old idea of, 'Oh, I don't want anybody telling me what to do', or 'I want my creative freedom' - that's bullshit. What you need is to be told clearly what the parameters are. Because, if you allow them to do anything, most people will just waffle about.
M'boy here is using the constraints that he's gotta deal with. He's "making the work work for him". I'm sure he can do some of these moves when he's not playing the game, but its workin' on hittin' them pads thats keeping the dance grounded - he creates around that. He glows at points.

PS - i realized this may be video from a competition/event...the mix of the crowd's familiarity with the dancer and their enjoyment of the performance is still enjoyable, though they may not be as close knit as i first construed. "construed." yeah ill run with that

1 comment:

  1. Excuse me for this long comment, but your post reminded me of a couple of songs by Dire Straits, written by Mark Knopfler. One is about a tightrope walker, I think, but that's to research another day, for I think this whole phenomenon of the gratuitous display of talent is intrinsic to Knopfler's early lyrics (Sultans of Swing, for example).

    The other one is called Skateaway. There may be a video of it, but the words convey the theme:

    I seen a girl on a one way corridor
    stealing down a wrong way street
    for all the world like an urban toreador
    she had wheels on on her feet
    well the cars do the usual dances
    same old cruise and the kerbside crawl
    but the rollergirl she's taking chances
    they just love to see her take them all

    no fears alone at night she's sailing through the crowd
    in her ears the phones are tight and the music's playing loud

    hallelujah here she comes queen rollerball
    enchante what can I say don't care at all
    you know she used to have to wait around
    she used to be the lonely one
    but now that she can skate around town
    she's the only one

    no fears alone at night she's sailing through the crowd
    in her ears the phones are tight and the music's playing loud

    she gets rock n roll a rock n roll station
    and a rock n roll dream
    she's making movies on location
    she don't know what it means
    but the music make her wanna be the story
    and the story was whatever was the song what it was
    rollergirl don't worry
    d.j. play the movies all night long

    she tortures taxi drivers just for fun
    she like to read their lips
    says toro toro taxi see ya tomorrow my son
    I swear she let a big truck grease her hip
    she got her own world in the city
    you can't intrude on her
    she got her own world in the city
    cos the city's benn so rude to her

    no fears alone at night she's sailing through the crowd
    in her ears the phones are tight and the music's playing loud

    she gets rock n roll a rock n roll station
    and a rock n roll dream
    she's making movies on location
    she don't know what it means
    but the music make her wanna be the story
    and the story was whatever was the song what it was
    rollergirl don't worry
    d.j. play the movies all night long

    come slippin and slidin
    life's roller ball
    slippin and a slidin
    skateaway that's all
    shala shalay hey hey skateaway
    she's going sining shala shalay hey hey
    skateaway

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