On Sunday night, I finally got to see the Jabbawockeez live dance show "MUS.I.C" in Las Vegas. My mind is still kind of blown.
The Jabbawockeez are a hip-hop dance crew that has elevated to craft into something beyond the artform. Their central conceit is that they always dance wearing white masks and identical outfits. You would think this would mean that their dance is about uniformity and robot-like precision. In fact the opposite is the case.
The crew members have explained that they wear masks so that you have to rely entirely on their movements to communicate and express themselves, not their faces. Their dancing is something like mime, Noh theater, and Buster Keaton-esque comedy combined.
Their well-known routines up to this point are 3-5 minute numbers choreographed to a particular pop song. You can see a lot of their most famous routines on YouTube, often with millions of views.
So how do you translate these short pieces into a cohesive 90 minute Vegas show? I guess I was going to find out.