It was so hot today, I looked out the window and saw a little man in an orange robe burst into flames! (bonus for first person who can identify what movie that line is from! lol)
Actually, yesterday was a scorcher too. What to do on such putrid days? Movies! I took D to see "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl" yesterday (it was really quite good) but what we saw today blew it away. This was no ordinary movie...it was an IMAX movie. Yes, one IMAX movie experience and I'm hooked. It rocks.
The movie we saw today was called "Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey" and it was so awesome I have to tell you about it.
Your guide for the film is Stomp - the acclaimed group of percussive performers. They explore rythm, song, and dance around the world in a vibrant, deeply moving experience. You travel with them from New York City to the American Southwest, Africa, South America, Asia and Europe. Along the way, you meet gumboot dancers, taiko drummers, djembe players, bell ringers, flamenco dancers, marching bands, street performers - people living out loud.
Some of the featured performers include:
Eva Yerbabuena - Spain
Kodo - Japan
Bayeza Cultural Dancers - South Africa
Shafaatullah Khan - India
Khoi San Music - Botswana
Timbalada & Os Zarabe - Brazil
Jackie Robinson Steppers - NYC
Winchester Cathedral Bellringers - England
Underneath it all is the beat, the pulse of music and dance. To me, it expressed how differently each culture looks at music and dance - how it is all so very different, but yet the same - just like the people.
What was amazing is that there was virtually no spoken dialogue in the film. Everything was expressed through facial expressions, visual imagery and music.
I think this film would have been moving in a normal format - but the IMAX experience brought you into the film like you were right there. It was wonderful. Check out the website too, linked above. It's an amazing flash site that gives you a taste of the experience. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to ruin it for you - I highly recommend it.