Kite ballet

This one’s for pure fun: a master kite flyer named Ray Bethell makes not one, not two, but three kites dance a ballet to “The Flower Duet” from the opera Lakmé. His control over the kites seems effortless, and the result is lovely. I was boggled by the landings at the end more than anything else. (And I was pretty boggled by the rest!)

Note: It’s a low-resolution video and won’t enlarge well.

(Hat tip to my dad.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to Kite ballet

  1. Lilaine says:

    Fascinant ! 😮
    Thanks to your dad. 🙂

  2. Karyn says:

    Wow! I’m with you on the awesomeness of the landings as the crowning glory of an amazing performance!

  3. Cathy White says:

    How did he do that without the lines getting tangled? Amazing, but did you notice the people walking by who seemed totally disinterested, I would have been glued to it!

  4. Ana_ñ says:

    This video is absolutely fascinating!

    The duet of Lakmé is perfectly chosen because music and voices seem to flow as effortless as the dancing kites. But this easiness is only apparent in both arts; in a great contrast, those weather-beaten torso and hands speak volumes about the real difficulty and years of dedication.

  5. joanarling says:

    Brill! Of course, it’s blocked where I live (boo!), but that’s what proxies are for 🙂

    • oregon expat says:

      I hear you. We’re great fans of proxies ourselves, not that I have ever been able to figure out why video clips are regionally limited in the first place. Really, what is the gain? They’re clips.

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