A Penumbra Performance

I often overlook trending videos in email promos from YouTube but for some reason this one caught my attention. It’s a pretty spectacular performance from a 13 member, all-Filipino troupe called, El Gamma Penumbra. They perform shadow dances with a message. This one happens to be about the dual character of Mother Nature — both beautiful and powerful.

They were vying to win Asia’s Got Talent, and they did!

Here are more visuals of previous performances leading up to the winning one.

Click here for previous posts on Shadow Performances.


I recently learned about Momix; however, they have been performing for the past 20 years. They are an innovative modern dance troupe using props, humor and the human body to express themes such as “Orbit,” “Passion,” “Lunar Sea,” which looks amazing and even “Baseball,” among others.

Lunar Sea Show by Momix

Momix Dance Troupe via Washington Post. Photo by Momix

They remind me of Pilobolus. You’ll just have to go to their website to see incredible bodily maneuvers and manipulations and photography. There are so many I like but this one seems fitting in the pumpkin patch, now that Halloween is past and November is upon us. I particularly like the quote on their website from The Washington Post: “The snooterati love to pooh pooh Pilabolus….”

Pilobolus website

I can’t help but think Ambrosia’s A Reminiscent Drive, mixed by Stephane Pompougnac on Hotel Costes, vol 3 would be an appropriate way to segue from these magical dance troupes moves to lounging music to  Kick-start your weekend. I have several of these CD’s and like their hypnotic and soothing musical style.

Symmetry in a Thousand Hands

The coordination and tight symmetry in this performance of The Thousand-Hand Guan Yin is truly stunning to watch. Beautiful performance art. I wonder if those pointed apparatuses on their fingers are sharp?

This came in an email to me and it’s worth sharing:

There is an awesome dance, called the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin, which is making the rounds across the net.

Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they
were not all deaf.  Yes, you read correctly.  All 21 of the dancers are complete deaf-mutes. Relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual
spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring.

Its first major international debut was in Athens at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics. But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe and had traveled to more than 40 countries. Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine
Arts Institute.  The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival this year.

I’m actually not a big Muse fan but here’s a video that I think is appropriate for this Kick Start Your Weekend post, “Bliss” from their Origin of Symmetry album:

Conversations @ Dancing on YouTube

OK, you may have seen the wedding video of the attendants and bride and groom dancing their way down the aisle on YouTube. I thought it was pretty cool too, especially the faux Slow Mo part (which the news clips seem to leave out). What I’m more fascinated by is the viral wave that took over after it was posted (July 19th). The couple was featured on Good Morning America; there was a story about it the Washington Post and they were featured on ABC’s Nightly News that night (July 24th). That’s pretty crazy. If they aren’t publicists they should be.

The conversation came up about this at dinner that night. My older son, Piers, mentioned the “Where the Hell is Matt?” video craze on YouTube. “What, you haven’t seen it yet!?”….”No, I’m just your cave mom, must be living in the dark.” But, I’m happy he told me about it because it has more viewers (over 22 million) than the wedding video (nearly 5 million) and is more interesting as far as the internal wave that took over to get it produced with “fans” joining him to dance in the 42 countries that he visited over 14 months. Culturally, it’s also entertaining, like N. Korea, New Guinea and Japan among others and artistically, there must have  been a lot of editing to get the end result.

Then, I mentioned how I also saw a piece on the news regarding a musical documentary of sorts that started with SXSW recording a street musician singing “Stand by Me” in Chicago and then other musicians and vocals were taped in New Orleans, Spain, Russia, South Africa and others and their tracks were added to create one piece. I thought this was a creatively cool concept; plus, I always liked this song.

Then, the conversation was abruptly dismissed by my 17 year old, Jackson, saying, “Yeah, but it was cheesey, kinda like Bono’s world peace or we are the world”….Teenagers. He hasn’t seen the Matt one yet….Well, then we got on world peace and racism and the latest headlines in the news, much to his chagrin. 🙂

Slipcovers for Your Walls

This past electronic art exhibit (below), in its ability to demonstrate the ocean bed through electronic dots, reminds me of a beachy Slipcovers for Your Walls blog post today. This is a new blog that I’ve started for casart coverings along with the casart crew — solely related to ways to use casart™ and interior design.

Slipcovers for Your Walls casartblog header

Another introduction to make is that casart coverings is now using Twitter.

casartcrew on Twitter

ElectrElectronic Art Exhibit at Total Museum of Contemporary Art via Korea Times

Here’s another exhibit that’s worth posting, even though it’s already occurred, for the premise to promote creativity, the Creative Mind at the Savina Museum. I like the photos as well — rather out of the box, literally and this is what our casart coverings concept is too.

Creative Mind Exhibit @ Savina Museum via Korean Times

And here’s a current, very resourceful link for everything art oriented in New Orleans. I love the New Orleans Art Museum and used to attend camp there and go as many times as I could. The surrounding park is gorgeous and there are free weekly musical concerts, called “Thursdays at Twilight,” that my mother attends.

New Orleans Museum of Art

Sand Dance

This is unusual — sand dance art by Peter Donnelly. I discovered this on the Celestial Dreams blog and subsequently on Environmental Graffiti.  Click the links for the full story and video describing his creative process. I imagine he’d have to have a calm, non-windy day to do this and with lots of patience. The concept kinda reminds me of Zen-like, Asian sand/rock gardens. I’ll have to keep this in mind as I’m traveling to pick up my son from school and remember the calm in this when we return.

Sand Dance Art by Peter Donnelly via Celestial Dreams blog

Happy Memorial Day!

Costumes and Murals (without Political Commentary)

Actually, I’m not interested in the political commentary associated with these murals, only the murals themselves. I came upon them quite by accident — when I was searching for this picture below in the Washington Post of the ballerinas’ costumes — and the online version of the front page featured these murals. Look how they help to enliven this run down area of Steubenville, Ohio and no one would necessarily expect to find them there. I really like this panoramic feature for viewing them as well, especially mute — with no political commentary.

It was these NYC Ballet costumes, however, that caught my attention. I really like how the complementary colors of ethereal blue and flesh-tone/orange appear to meld into one another with a type of diaphanous irradiance — almost dreamy.

Ballet Costumes in the Washington Post

I am reminded of Modern Masters iridescent, flash-blue paint that I would love to colorwash on walls someday. It changes color as one moves around the room — appearing metallic blue one moment and pearlized amber/white the next — all depending on how the light is reflected. It’s a paint with dual personality.

Modern Masters Flash-blue paint

More about this can be downloaded from my August 2008 Casart eNewsletter (p. 3), and seen on the Modern Masters website.

TV surprise 2

I’ve been watching this silly TV series called Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles and the humanoid, female machine that the main characters have befriended (actually she was sent from the future to help them), lacks emotion and other human-like qualities like a soul, but looks human and in fact, exemplifies human perfection on the outside. However, “Machines,” as the voice of Sara Connor says, “cannot possess faith or create art, for then they would be able to replace us.” The last scene is of the female machine practicing ballet and dancing so beautifully that she brings tears to the one of the humans, who suspects her of being a traitor to them and the human race. For a silly show, I was surprised it was so poignant.

This clip got me thinking about the role of technology and art and even the philosophical question, “What is art?” More on that later, but here’s a link to a very cool, artistic video, for of all things, The Madrid Metro. It could only be done with technology.

It remindWiesner bk Tuesdays me of some wonderful illustrations I saw in Peter Spier’s children’s book, Fast-Slow, High-Low: A Book of Opposites, looking from below the subjects, as well as the mysterious, “moving” pictures of oddly, flying (Leap Year?) frogs in Tuesday by David Wiesner. Featured here on Google’s new scanned book page–so great that you can “scroll” through pages.

And why is art so emotionally moving? Could it be because it connects us on such a universal, yet indescribable, basic level — beauty in its purest form? There is no doubt in the YouTube video clip of the New York Philharmonic Symphony, which played this week in Pyongyang, North Korea, that the art form of music reached out and touched an entire country, at least those there who saw it, as well as here and around the world. Very moving.

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