Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Where's the Dragon?

Hartford, CT

If you've ever been to a Chinese New Year's celebration, or just seen one on TV or in a movie, you will have been impressed by the wonderful optical/experiential illusion of The Dragon Dance. The flimsy, mostly paper, "dragon," wielded by a long line of people weaving and bobbing, can become utterly convincing. You see the dragon, not the people animating it.

Well, Hartford's Hooker Day Parade has its own version of this. If The Dragon Dance is a kind of exercise in perceptual minimalism, HDP has the reductio ad absurdam of that. Two groups danced the one mile parade route with 18-inch wide carpet runners, making all the moves. No dragon head. No lovely paper scales down the length of the serpent's body. Just a couple of ratty carpet remnants. Thing is, it still worked, kinda...







2 comments:

lyle said...

them mannequins are lovin' it! Love the lion.....

Don and Sher Cooper said...

I grew up in the city of Poughkeepsie in upstate NY and we had a street named Hooker Ave and I know it had something to do with the Quakers.