Collaborations: Spike Jonze, Yo-Yo Ma, and Lil Buck

The occa­sion: A ben­e­fit for the arts in pub­lic schools.

The musi­cian: Cel­list Yo-Yo Ma.

The dancer: LA/Memphis street dancer Lil Buck.

The cam­era: Direc­tor Spike Jonze.

The result: A per­for­mance that is also the best pos­si­ble argu­ment for the cause it sup­ports. We could say more, but again, the video speaks for itself.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach at Ted Kennedy’s Funer­al

Ful­ly Flared: Intro to Skate­board­ing direct­ed by Spike Jonze, Ty Evans and Cory Weincheque

Sheer­ly Avni is a San Fran­cis­co-based arts and cul­ture writer. Her work has appeared in Salon, LA Week­ly, Moth­er Jones, and many oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. You can fol­low her on twit­ter at @sheerly


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