I’ve mentioned here before that the joy of movement in both parkour and Gung Fu is one of the reasons I’ve taken to them both so strongly. This video looks like it’s made by someone who trains for that same joy in movement.
I’m particularly struck by some of the times he lands without using his hands to soften the impact – the backwards flip/roll/thing at 0:35 is a good example. A quick flick through the internet shows he’s an Aussie gymnast who went professional with the circus around 2010. The Kinesthesist blog has a bit more information and another great video. I’m amused by their incredulous ‘who thinks of this stuff?’ at some of his unusual combinations of moves though – my guess is it’s someone who’s training for the joy of it.
This group has me caring about modern dance in a way no other group has done since I first began to tap*.
I’m in love with their emotion through movement. I’m not a fan of interpretive dance, but this group conveys emotion in small twitches that I’ve not taken away from hours of watching other dancers.
I especially like the way the group switches between motion and stillness while preserving the stillness of the dance overall. I’ll be playing with this over the next few weeks, especially since that control over one’s movement and power is a vital skill for my Gung Fu.
*All credit goes to my Mum for getting me tapping in the first place through her own good example. I’ll be interested in hearing your take on the dancing above, Mum. 😉