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November 12, 2009 12:02 PM   Subscribe

Tutting is the name given to a contemporary abstract interpretive dance style that exploits the body's ability to create geometric positions and movements, predominantly with the use of right angles. Finger tutting narrows the dance to just the hands. See: Monsieur Clay-Doh | JBeast | Moon vs. Pacman | Bugs Bunny 1947 and Learn: WonderHowTo | thaSMIZofESV | TheFreekachu [some nsfw]. Kids these days.
posted by netbros (37 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
ah, this is what mefi is for - never would have known about this otherwise.
posted by desjardins at 12:14 PM on November 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


This will be featured in an apple commercial in 3...2...1...
posted by OHenryPacey at 12:15 PM on November 12, 2009


You're kidding me, right? This isn't real--can't be real. This is like Greenlighting, right, an elaborate hoax? Because this can't be real.
posted by MrMoonPie at 12:17 PM on November 12, 2009 [2 favorites]


Funky Tut!
posted by Pollomacho at 12:19 PM on November 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


The dude in the first link is amazing with his whole body, too (he starts at 1:35). The way he moves seems like a camera trick.
posted by desjardins at 12:19 PM on November 12, 2009


See also: The Happy Hands Club
posted by yhbc at 12:20 PM on November 12, 2009


wat
posted by jquinby at 12:22 PM on November 12, 2009


Kids today, what with their fingers.
posted by boo_radley at 12:24 PM on November 12, 2009


Reminds me of liquid from back in my raver days. Except using just the hands. Kind of neat, for about 30 seconds anyway.
posted by sacrifix at 12:28 PM on November 12, 2009


I imagine this is what's going down in the dance clubs in WALL-E. The future is scaring me again.
posted by naju at 12:28 PM on November 12, 2009


This is a thing, huh? People and their things.
posted by GuyZero at 12:31 PM on November 12, 2009 [3 favorites]


MrMoonPie: You're kidding me, right? This isn't real--can't be real. This is like Greenlighting, right, an elaborate hoax? Because this can't be real.

I don't know, man... as fads go it's about as silly as Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon but considerably cheaper.
posted by Kattullus at 12:34 PM on November 12, 2009


Re: pollomacho's link (SNL 1978), yes, I think this is one more thing we can blame Steve Martin for...
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:39 PM on November 12, 2009


In my day we called this popping, locking, pop-rockin', pop-lockin', etc.
posted by bobot at 12:48 PM on November 12, 2009


Huh. Kind of reminds me of mudras or some of the finger movements in Balinese dance, only much more goofier and spastic and less compelling to watch. But, dexterity is a good thing to develop.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:52 PM on November 12, 2009


One of the guys in the third link is Phillip Chbeeb. He was one of the finalists last year on So You Think You Can Dance and the year before was in the finale doing a "dance off". He has lots of videos on Youtube.
posted by bove at 12:57 PM on November 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


If you can tell how good a guy is in bed by watching him dance, what does it tell you about him if this is what he does with his hands when he's alone late at night?
posted by Pollomacho at 12:58 PM on November 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


as fads go it's about as silly as Magic: The Gathering and Pokémon but considerably cheaper.

fads...that word, I do not think it means what you think it means. Fads are things like slap bracelets, tomagotchis, and pogs. For better or worse, Magic and Pokemon have been around for 16 and 12 years respectively, and are still doing strong. Better and worse, respectively, in my opinion.

Anyway, this tutting thing is pretty cool. It kind of continues to prove that anything looks impressive if you practice enough and make deliberate motions. Just like how crumping sounds kind of dumb, but also turns out to be impressive, or pretty much any dancing, for that matter.
posted by explosion at 1:17 PM on November 12, 2009


In my day we called this popping, locking, pop-rockin', pop-lockin', etc.

And in my day we called it "Walk Like an Egyptian." Which makes me approximately as old as dirt. You kids get off my sarcophagus.
posted by The Bellman at 1:20 PM on November 12, 2009


This post is more meaningful than anything Reenum's ever done.

Seriously though, this is hella interesting. Thanks for posting.
posted by orville sash at 1:34 PM on November 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


Awesome! I was very sceptical, then very entranced.
posted by Salvor Hardin at 2:08 PM on November 12, 2009


Finger fox-trotting, palm paso doble, knuckle knees-up, digit demi-caractere dorkiness. Neato.
posted by tellurian at 3:02 PM on November 12, 2009


Alphonse Mouzon anticipated this on his 1973 album The Essence of Mystery. I tried to find a sample of Funky Finger from that album that I could stream, but I couldn't. Instead, tut-tutting with the lower extremities, we have: Funky Snakefoot
posted by beelzbubba at 3:05 PM on November 12, 2009


If only I knew about this in '83: "Just sit there and twiddle your thumbs": Oh, yeah? WATCH THIS!
posted by psylosyren at 3:12 PM on November 12, 2009


Apparently, it existed.
posted by psylosyren at 3:16 PM on November 12, 2009


This reminds me a lot of David Elsewhere, who's one of the three dancers performing in this famous VW advert. Very cool, I wish I could do that.
posted by ZsigE at 3:50 PM on November 12, 2009


I used to call this hand dancing, or "hancing" for short.
posted by jjwiseman at 4:18 PM on November 12, 2009


Reminds me of the finger dance and tricks (6:30 in) from the subject of a previous post. Make three-dimensional shapes with your fingers!
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:24 PM on November 12, 2009


This is cool and all, but I can make my hands do this thing where it looks like this is the church, and this is the steeple, open the doors and here's all the people.
posted by vronsky at 6:42 PM on November 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


In the immortal words of Artie Johnson:

"Verrrrrrrrrrry interesting... but stupid."
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:12 PM on November 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


I officially do NOT get this.
posted by geekhorde at 8:00 PM on November 12, 2009


Next: nostril dancing.
posted by chococat at 8:13 PM on November 12, 2009


I am officially thinking this is FUCKING AWESOME.
posted by six-or-six-thirty at 8:42 PM on November 12, 2009


Jeez, the old in the this thread is very strong...

This is exactly what you get when give people a defined window in which to perform. This is specifically a product of the webcam age. It definitely seems to be an extension of breakdance/popping/locking, but it's amazing to watch.

The guy in the first link was impressive as a mover, yeah, but what really made it for me was that he was so damn musical with it - it was almost like watching Geiss or Milkdrop, the way he made the dance fit the song.

Impressive stuff, almost certain to appear in an "aren't we trendy" commercial near you soon, and almost certain to be derided by people who think that: a) progression is not creative, and b) kids should be cleaning chimneys...
posted by benzo8 at 1:13 AM on November 13, 2009 [1 favorite]


Spooky hand collection
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:06 AM on November 13, 2009


Grasshopper, maybe it is time for you to learn finger fitness: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.) 2?
posted by twoleftfeet at 2:39 AM on November 13, 2009


Wow, how did I miss this awesome post? Fun stuff!
posted by madamjujujive at 9:24 PM on November 22, 2009


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