Yo-Yo Ma And Lil’ Buck Perform "The Swan"
You don’t have to wear a tutu to be en pointe. In this modernized treatment of “The Swan,” a cello standard composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Los Angeles dancer Charles “Lil’ Buck” Riley accompany one another to create a hybrid of classical music and street dancing. Riley, known for choreographing and composing a dance for performer Janelle Monae’s single, “Tightrope,” specializes in a dance called the Memphis Jook, and exhibits superhuman balance and (spoiler alert) flexibility. The video, captured in an impromptu shoot by director Spike Jonze, shows the performers carefully watching each other’s timing, and after it’s all over they seem to get along well for such different artists.
(Via Opening Ceremony)