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Nyango Star, Japan’s cat-apple mascot drummer

Nyango Star (にゃんごすたー) is a giant Japanese mascot cat-fruit hybrid whose ability to slay the drums has become an internet sensation. In the video above, Nyango Star plays Anpanman's March, the theme song to an a...

Gokurōsama

It's morning time and the Japanese supermall is preparing to open for business. Two women in a food shop are getting ready, too, until the older woman's back goes out. How will her young assistant help her visit the c...

Moko Jumbie On 9-Foot Stilts & J.B.-style Skating – Dance in the Real World

Stilt-walking high above the street in Trinidad, Jonadiah Gonzales makes moko jumbie moves look easy. The feats come from practice. He and fellow dancers Adrian Young and Stephanie Kanhai teach and perform their Carni...

What Happens Just Before Show Time At the Met Opera

...in 12 rooms you'll never see. This New York Times video takes us behind the scenes of The Metropolitan Opera’s home at Lincoln Center to witness what happens before the curtain rises on Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet Wh...

Stop-motion animation goes high tech at Laika

If you've seen Kubo and the Two Strings from Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline and The Boxtrolls, then go behind the scenes with their team to see the epic blend of handcrafted puppets, stop motion, CGI, and...

The Scarecrow – How a resin sculpture is carved & painted

From sketch to resin sculpture, watch a scarecrow come to life with every detail in this video by director (and featured artist) Jim McKenzie: The Scarecrow. The behind-the-scenes look features McKenzie's "Lost Magic"...

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon’s new puppet concept

Puppeteer and puppet designer Barnaby Dixon developed a brand new design for his finger puppet concept, refining its internal mechanisms and improving its movements. Using his human hands in a new configuration, he's ...

Laika’s Head of Puppetry explains how stop motion puppets are made

Go behind the scenes with Puppet Fabrication Creative Supervisor Georgina Hayns -- who set up the puppet department at Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings -- to fin...

A T-Rex Dances Ballet

If you thought you'd never see a Tyrannosaurus Rex dancing ballet in a tutu, the Cincinnati Ballet invited one to be a visiting artist. Enjoy. In the archives, more dinosaurs and more ballet, though not mixed toget...

The Chinese Dragon Dance for Shanghai’s Spring Festival

From Shanghai's Spring Festival, also known as or Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, enjoy this Chinese Dragon Dance filmed by Matt Love in 2011. From Wikipedia: The dragon dance is often performed during Chinese...

In Bavaria, Krampus Catches the Naughty

Long before parents relied on the powers of Santa Claus to monitor their children’s behavior, their counterparts in Alpine villages called on a shaggy-furred, horned creature with a fistful of bound twigs to send the ...

It’s Watermelon Time: Watermelon by Tom Rosenthal

What's more fun than running around the English countryside in a costume? How about running around the English countryside in a watermelon costume? This is Watermelon by Tom Rosenthal, an ode to a wonderful fruit and ...

Zaouli de Manfla: The Zaouli dance of the Ivory Coast, West Africa

Zaouli de Manfla, a mask dance from the Gouro or Kweni culture, filmed by African dance teacher Konan Kouakou David in the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa. Of the tradition, he writes: Zaouli is a popular m...

San Francisco’s Kei Lun Lion Dancers

San Francisco’s Kei Lun Lion Dancers and their director Corey Chan are dedicated to telling stories that are thousands of years old. Though traditional dance, music, costume-making, and...

Sumo Wrestling

To be the winner of a sumo bout, you have forced your opponent to either step out of the ring or touch the ground with some part of their body that is not the bottom of their feet. From Nation...

The polyphonic singing traditions of the Baka Forest People

This clip from the Eden Channel shares two musical traditions of the Baka Forest People: polyphonic singing — when two or more voices join together with independent melodies at the same time — and, dressed...

HEARD NY in Grand Central: Nick Cave’s Soundsuit performance

Commuters in Grand Central Terminal will encounter a new obstacle to making the train on time this week: 30 dancing horses. It’s part of “Heard NY,” a site-specific performance by the Chicago artist Nick Cave, in c...

Bottle by Kirsten Lepore (2010)

Bottle by Kirsten Lepore, a 2010 stop-motion animated story about a transoceanic, message-in-a-bottle conversation and the emotions that come with it. You can also watch how she made Bottle in this behind the scenes v...

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