Modern Ballet: Lil’ Buck and Yo-Yo Ma

Saw this incredible video on Flavorwire [via Opening Ceremony] and it blew me away. From Flavorwire: “Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma and LA street dancer Lil’ Buck recently put on a miraculous performance together at an event supporting arts education. Yo-Yo Ma played an excerpt of “The Dying Swan” from Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and Lil’ Buck shared his own interpretation of the piece by dancing along. Apparently, this performance came about when a friend of Yo-Yo Ma saw Lil’ Buck’s YouTube videos and got the two of them together. Luckily, Spike Jonze was there to film the whole thing. Click through for an amazing collaboration between old style and new style that creates something wholly original and beautiful.”

Enjoy, Mari

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2 responses to “Modern Ballet: Lil’ Buck and Yo-Yo Ma”

  1. Demetri says :

    This seems suitable. When I first heard “Yo-Yo Ma,” I thought he was some sort of Asian crime lord or something.

    • Mari says :

      LOL! He is an incredible musician – look up his stuff. Thought this clip was particularly cool not just because the dancing is amazing and the music is stellar but also because it’s such a perfect blend of classical and contemporary. Also, Spike Jonze, a well-known film director (music videos, Where the Wild Things Are) actually shot this at a private event he attended to raise funds for arts education. So, yeah, thought it was cool too. Tune in tomorrow for Paul’s first post!

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