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August 22, 2014 9:46 AM   Subscribe


 
I like everything about this. Thank you.
posted by phunniemee at 9:49 AM on August 22 [2 favorites]


Relevant.
posted by cthuljew at 9:50 AM on August 22 [4 favorites]


cthuljew, Jamie Lee Curtis' pelvis is coming from inside the house!
posted by phunniemee at 9:52 AM on August 22


That was a very awesome thing. And a point to those who say that there's nothing you can do with old themes. They are totally wrong, and this video proves it. You can do TONS of things with old themes, up to and including transforming them into totally new things.
posted by TrishaLynn at 9:52 AM on August 22


I really like the cups/"When I'm gone" video - but if those are baking powder biscuits she's making, she's really over working that dough. Yeast dough wants to be worked, not baking powder.

also: I know I live in a box - but is this cups & clapping a thing now? where did it start? I feel like I've seen it several places.
posted by jb at 10:23 AM on August 22


Brilliant, and very true to the spirit of the piece. The dance moves were perfect.

Now, I'm imagining the first performance at the Theatre des Champs-Elysee. Nijinsky is costumed as the Faun and is dancing brilliantly, accompanied by these guys.

Instead of the crowd turning ugly, they are instead stunned by the brilliant combination, and remain peacefully in their seats, absorbed to the end of the performance, and give both Stravinsky and Nijinsky standing ovations.
posted by kinnakeet at 10:26 AM on August 22 [1 favorite]


jb: my kid brought the "cups" thing home from camp this summer, so I thought it was just new innovations in keeping kids busy for 8 hours. I live under a rock too. The more you know....
posted by Lardmitten at 10:31 AM on August 22


Instead of the crowd turning ugly, they are instead stunned by the brilliant combination, and remain peacefully in their seats, absorbed to the end of the performance, and give both Stravinsky and Nijinsky standing ovations.

It's interesting that nobody really seems to know what actually happened at that famous premiere. From what can be gleaned from contemporary reports it's not clear that it was anything more than a fairly average "controversial performance"--as one might see any given year at Bayreuth or Glyndebourne. It certainly became important in subsequent tellings, though, to sell it as a "riot."

The video is a thing of beauty, by the way--thanks.
posted by yoink at 10:38 AM on August 22


is this cups & clapping a thing now? where did it start?

Good question: I just learned that the history of both the song and the clapping is longer than I thought....
posted by Thomas Tallis is my Homeboy at 10:42 AM on August 22 [5 favorites]


also: I know I live in a box - but is this cups & clapping a thing now? where did it start? I feel like I've seen it several places.

I learned the cups thing almost 20 years ago at summer camp (I'm 25 now, so there's your anecdata point), so there's nothing new under the sun. But this is cute, and almost makes me wish I were still a counselor at music camp so I could teach this rather more avant-garde version to the kids. Because boy, does the cups thing wear on you after a summer of it.
posted by none of these will bring disaster at 11:03 AM on August 22


People say we've reached peak Steven Reich, and yet these three show that there are always new sources available to innovative people.

Loved it, thanks.
posted by benito.strauss at 4:34 PM on August 22 [1 favorite]


Perfection.
posted by notquitemaryann at 4:39 PM on August 22


This is my new favorite thing. It so perfectly bookends my childhood as the offspring of people into Serious Classical Music &tc. and my current middleagehood as Parent to a Teen Into Memes.
posted by drlith at 7:38 PM on August 22


benito.strauss: peak Reich will
never be hit so long as any mention of the possibility of rain starts up the repetition in my head "It's gonna rain- It's gonna rain- It's gonna rai-"
posted by jb at 11:20 PM on August 23 [2 favorites]


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