Harry Shum Jr., who we've been stalking for years—first as a nameless silhouette in an iPod commercial, then as Mike Chang on "Glee," then as artistic director, choreographer and dancer for "The LXD"—has done it again.
In a YouTube-video-gone-viral, "If you are in a shell...," Harry is surrounded by colorful paints and dust, and he dances to a heart-wrenching voiceover by performance artist Ze Frank.
"This is Harry. As a boy, Harry was very, very shy," he says. "If you right now are in a shell, you should know that you're not alone. That there are many people like you, and that there is nothing wrong with you."
For those who have been bullied, those who feel socially awkward or those who are just having a tough day, his message may be the inspiration you need. Check it out, and prepare to be moved:
Move over, LXD, there's a new sci-fi hip-hop series on the web. The Jabbawockeez—"America's Best Dance Crew" Season 1 winners—have their own short film on YouTube, and its cliff-hanger ending most certainly calls for a sequel. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen (who also directed Fame and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie), "Regenerate" is set in a "grim new world," where, according to the film's description, "art and culture have been outlawed and freedom is a thing of the past." Eerie, right?
The film premiered earlier this week before Jabbawockeez' regularly scheduled show, "PRiSM" at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. And while we at DS are game for anything new that feeds our inner dance-geeks, there are a few things in "Regenerate" that stick out as especially clever:
1. The code that Alison plays to awaken the crew is written in notes that correspond to a keyboard.
2. The vestibules holding the Jabbawockeez look a lot like tanks wearing headphones.
3. Alison recites a pretty powerful verse to help control the Jabbawockeez. SPOILER: Twenty standing-Os to you if you guessed that it was part of Lewis Carrolls' "The Jabberwocky" from Through the Looking-Glass. (OK, so it wasn't word for word. Close enough, I say.)
It does take a little while for the dancing to get started—it seems like they're trying to build up the plot (which is also not the easiest to follow). But my advice is to get comfy, sit back and enjoy the Jabbawockeez' amazing skillz: