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Off Balance


My sister-in-law has a wonderfully perverse sense of humor.

I have mentioned before that Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy always reminds me of my mother. She and I loved it and listened to it and discussed it endlessly. It was playing when she died, and dad and I played it on repeat for days after her funeral as we were going through her things and writing thank you notes to the people who came to her wake. Every time I hear it, I miss her terribly, but I also feel like mom is not so far away. Okay, so now you know my history with Clair de Lune. It has come to mean a great deal to me, and I probably take it a little too seriously (see my post from 2018 for an example).

Back to my sister-in-law. I should have known something was up when she sent me a link to the Instagram of French nouveau cirque acrobat Yoann Bourgeois, but I took her rare recommendation at face value. I bookmarked it, and made a mental note to check it out when I had time. Last night, after Beloved went to bed, I settled in to do a little blog research and remembered the French clown guy. I popped over to his YouTube channel, played the first video, Clair de Lune, and was forever changed.

Rather than describing the video, I thought I’d instead tell you how I reacted. I was initially a little taken aback. Then I was a bit offended (it is a sacred piece of music to me, after all). Then I started to giggle. And smile. And gasp. And giggle some more, all the while, crying my eyes out. I’m amazed Beloved didn’t come downstairs to see what had so unhinged me. The juxtaposition of that most-meaningful piece of music and the brilliant performance worthy of the likes of Keaton and Chaplin knocked me right off my center, but in a very good, very healing way. I like to think mom is somewhere laughing, too.

I look forward to hearing what you all thing of this elegant, profound, eminently French performer/choreographer. And if you’d like to see more of the mad genius’s work, he can be found on YouTube and Instagram. (And frankly, if my sister-in-law were on social media, I’d give you her info, too. She’s fantastic.)

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

8 thoughts on “Off Balance

  1. Crazy interpretation. Doing it my way would leave me dizzy as a doodle.

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  2. Amazing, beautiful, wonderful…………… When I get home after church, I will watch this again and probably again. Great stuff. Hal

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  3. Wow! I have never seen anything remotely like those choreography pieces. Clair de Lune is one of my favourite pieces of music too and really the idea of a man bouncing around in time to the music should not have worked and yet it was a complete success. I was wholly absorbed. He must have been exhausted! Likewise the piece with the rotating floor is not something I have ever seen before. It adds a whole other dimension to the dance because the perspective on the dancers changes as the stage rotates. The Ophelia piece is haunting.

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  4. I’ve always loved Claire de Lune as well, and play it, badly. It’s such a deceptively simple piece to hear, but like the video of a man bouncing on a white trampoline, it is anything but. A perfect pairing. Please thank your sister-in-law. 🙂

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