This video may be one of the most beautiful, sublime, and unusual things I’ve ever seen. It’s a short film called “AMA” by underwater dancer/freediver Julie Gautier (I found it while watching a series of other diving videos, which I’ve been kind of obsessed with for a couple of days for some reason). I promise this video isn’t as disturbing or depressing as the last one I posted, though you may find the emotions it evokes rather sad (I did).
It was filmed at The Deep Joy/Y40 in Padua, Italy, which is recognized for being the deepest swimming pool in the world.
I’m amazed by the length of time this woman can hold her breath, even though it may have been carefully edited to look seamless when it may have actually been filmed in separate takes.
I’m not going to try to interpret what story she is telling here. In Julie’s own words under the video:
“Ama is a silent film. It tells a story everyone can interpret in their own way, based on their own experience. There is no imposition, only suggestions. I wanted to share my biggest pain in this life with this film. For this is not too crude, I covered it with grace. To make it not too heavy, I plunged it into the water. I dedicate this film to all the women of the world.”
My son has been dancing competitively at fursuit conventions around the country since 2013. He is completely self taught in urban and street dancing (never took a dance lesson) and has managed a string of second- and third-place finishes, both solo and in small group performances (that he has choreographed himself).
He’s never won a competition, but having placed second (and third) so often is nothing to sneeze at, since it’s not that easy to make finals at these events and even get to perform on stage, and even then, there are usually at least 20 finalists vying for the top three spots.
We spoke on the phone last night and he’s been working on a group performance involving himself and 4 other dancers since October. This weekend they’re headed to Atlanta to practice together and get a feel for the actual competition which takes place in April (also in Atlanta). He thinks — and he says others have told him they think — he’ll win this one. He seems very confident and has never, ever thought he’d win before.
He says if he wins (or even if he just places second again) that he’ll feel encouraged to start expanding himself and not limit himself to costumed competitions. He feels like he’s ready to start entering regular dance competitions regionally and eventually, nationally, if luck should take him that far. He likes the idea of dancing in charity events, both competitively and not. He told me of one taking place now where the proceeds are being used to help the people of Puerto Rico who were devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Since he’ll be 27 later this year, his best dancing days may be winding down. But he’s a talented choreographer and good at motivating others. Choreography is something he’s seriously looking at as a career for himself and can still do no matter how old he gets.
The other day I posted a photo of my son dancing outside during a thunderstorm. Here’s the entire video he made of himself while dancing to two songs.
Dancing in an open space during a thunderstorm probably isn’t the smartest thing to do, but the effect of the lightning in the background is pretty cool.
On Saturday night, my son was at a convention for furries in Orlando where he competed in the dance competition. He and his friends worked on this for months. My son did the choreography. Here is the result. Unlike his other dance performances, this one tells a story.
The judges must have liked it since they placed second again!
My son’s in Orlando, attending Megaplex (a furry convention) and right now I’m following his Twitter account and living vicariously through that, because he’s going to be having so much fun for the next 4 days.
He’s in the dance competition again and will be performing with a friend of his. They’ve been working on it for months. I haven’t seen any practice videos because he wants to keep it a surprise, but he thinks it’s the best dance set he’s done yet.
So please send your prayers and positive thoughts that he does well. I’ll post a video when it’s available. Here was his second place (novice category) performance from a convention he attended in Chicago in November.
Here’s his performance at the same Orlando convention last July, where he was a finalist but didn’t place (awards are only given to first through third place).
My son competed in three dance competitions this past weekend in Atlanta. Unfortunately he didn’t make finals this time in the solo fursuit competition and he says the group performance he choreographed was a mess (I disagree).
He did do well in the “Floor Wars” dance competition, where competitors dance out of costume (which he says is much easier!)
He’s the one in the red shorts. He made it through three rounds into the semifinals (Top 4 out of 32 dancers).
Here is the group performance he choreographed (he wasn’t given a choice–the original choreographer quit and put him in charge!) He was really freaking out about it, but it’s not nearly as bad as he thought it was.
He is presently leading the choreography for a group of five dancers (himself included) at another convention he’s attending in Atlanta in two weeks. He’ll also be competing in the solo dance competition again. He’s been told he has an excellent chance of making the final three again or even winning.