Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dance Like A Zombie?

August 28, 2014. Denise Saelee practices the insanely well-known zombie dance from Thriller.

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Almost everyone we know has seen the music video for Michael Jackson’s Thriller, where funky and surprisingly agile dead people rise from their graves to rock out.

In preparation for a new performance project (tentatively titled The EC Halloween Special), the EC artists are studying the dance interlude from the music video.

Emulating a dance from video is hard enough. Emulating a dance performed by a bunch of (very robust) zombies is even more difficult. EC artist Larry Sutton pointed out, “I can’t dance like that. Look. He has big eyes. I don’t have big eyes like that.”  Fair point, Larry. Sometimes, make-up and costumes help us get into a new character. And a zombie is certainly a stretch. Larry gave it his EC-best, as did everyone else… even without the big eyes.

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Exhibit Snapshot: Birds

Currently nesting in the 2nd floor display case in the Merced Multicultural Arts Center is a flock of sculptures created by the EC artists. Don’t let the feathers fool you – it’s not ‘for the birds!’ The collection features daring shapes and soaring colors that would make a peacock jealous.

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