Just for fun

You can’t watch this endearing tribute to unfettered fun without feeling good about the world. So watch, and smile, and enjoy this most resplendent afternoon in Austin.

Bonus points for the person who has visited or lived in the most places featured in this video.

By the way, here’s the backstory on how Matt Harding got people to dance with him. And I like the Times’ take on this Internet hit, from last July:

In many ways “Dancing” is an almost perfect piece of Internet art: it’s short, pleasingly weird and so minimal in its content that it’s open to a multitude of interpretations. It could be a little commercial for one-world feel-goodism. It could be an allegory of American foreign policy: a bumptious foreigner turning up all over the world and answering just to his own inner music. Or it could be about nothing at all — just a guy dancing.

However you interpret it, you can’t watch “Dancing” for very long without feeling a little happier. The music (by Gary Schyman, a friend of Mr. Harding’s, and set to a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, sung in Bengali by Palbasha Siddique, a 17-year-old native of Bangladesh now living in Minneapolis) is both catchy and haunting. The backgrounds are often quite beautiful. And there is something sweetly touching and uplifting about the spectacle of all these different nationalities, people of almost every age and color, dancing along with an uninhibited doofus.


2 Responses to “Just for fun”

  1. 1 Kristin November 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Is there a list somewhere of all his locations? From what I could remember I’ve been to: Austin (obviously), Washington, D.C., New York, Tokyo, Seattle, Vancouver, L.A., and…?? I’m sure I’m not the winner. 🙂

  2. 2 Raquel November 13, 2008 at 1:35 am

    WHat a cool video! Certainly gives the normal person in front of new place video edge with all the people participating in it, I counted 11 places:

    1. Teotihuacán
    2. Mexico City
    3. Brussels
    4. New York
    5. Los Angeles
    6. San Francisco
    7. Austin
    8. Montreal
    9. Madrid
    10. Washington
    11. Paris?

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