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Monday, February 12, 2007
Performance As A Lost Art
...Yes, I'm about to delve slightly into the world of performance art. There are many forms of such that we've seen through the years, good and bad. There have been the interpretive dancers, and the coffee house poetry readings. Mimes. Re-imagining of Shakespeare's works set in the industrial revolution - yes, believe me, you don't want to see that one.

Stand-up comedians don't have concerts, they have performances. Bands, like Aerosmith and Chicago, have concerts.

DH and I went out on Saturday night and we had tickets to what some might call a concert, others a performance. It was definitely more performance than concert, but both elements were present. And it was a most excellent performance. There was funky makeup, people dressed all in black, and strobe lights. And I loved every second of it.

Now, before you think I've totally cracked under the pressure I suppose I should tell you that DH and I went to see Blue Man Group. And yes, I was looking forward to seeing it more than I am when I know I'm about to see Chicago. And I was far more impressed by Blue Man Group. Heck, I rank them up there with Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Long time readers know - that's saying something.

For those who have not wandered out of their safe cocoons, the Blue Man Group are those guys who bang on PVC style piping and make music of it. They used to be in the Intel commercials (you'd know them because their faces were blue latex) which is how they came to national prominence. I hated them then. I thought they were freakish and just made noise.

DH brought home some Blue Man Group music - he thought they were neat. And then I listened to the CD with half an ear and I realized that they were pretty neat. The sound is unique, almost like a faux synthesizer and drum machine combined. And yet, it's very much not those things.

The Blue Man Group, for all intents and purposes, is performance art. It's not a concert. It's not interpretive dance, although when they are starting to perform moves from the "Rock Concert Instruction Manual" and are working on the swinging the hips part, you might start thinking that it *is* interpretive dance. And there are the tall poles that they swing that make a neat whirring noise that adds to the music. You've got them all dressed in black, they're wearing blue latex masks. It's clearly performance art.

But it's good performance art. It's excellent performance art. It's a concert and comedy and art all rolled together. It's also an extremely hard show to describe unless you've seen part of the act. So, I'm not going to describe it other than to say that a great time was had by all, and recommend that you get your hands on a DVD called "Blue Man Group: The Rock Complex Tour". This is a DVD of the previous national tour they had. Or get tickets to the new tour, called "How To Be A Megastar 2.0". Trust me, you won't be disappointed...

...I sure wasn't.