Rinse and Repeat

Posted in art, dance, movies, music by johnsnavely on January 21, 2008

I’ve been teaching a rhinoscripting workshop since Thursday. There’s some interesting projects coming out of it. I wish I had more time to work with the students, but we only have a week. In the meantime, I’ve also been putting together my new website. (For the job search, which will now be abbreviated with FTjsW)

Anyway, I thought I would share RJD2’s new music video (courtesy of cliptip). It’s quite good. And reminds me of scenes from old Gene Kelly musicals, like dance number on rollerskates from It’s Always Fair Weather:

Gene Kelly had some sick moves. As Chomsky would say, “It is with good reason that he is so very famous and rich”. The musicologist has taught a class on the Kelly’s film, Singin’ in the Rain which he documents in a really informative blog post that covers the connection between musical dance numbers of the past and today’s underground dance innovations. In particular, he talks about Singin’ in the Rain remixes including an old VW commercial I remember from a few years ago. I really liked it then, and when I explored it more deeply years ago it led me to this video, which I was really obsessed over (wait until about 45 seconds in):

The guy kicking names is David Elsewhere, one of the four dancers who appeared in the VW “remix”. Check out some of the videos on his myspace page. Insanity!