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We Don't Own The Rights to Any of this

(2022)

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“We Don’t Own the Rights to Any of This” is a duet mashup of stolen moves and sound bites. Performers + creators + BFFLs Miranda and Noa use sampling, repetition, and embodied reference to exploit the nostalgia and genius of meme culture. 


We wilfully copy content from all corners of the internet to highlight the similarities between dance and memes: two forms where replication and personalization destroy the possibility of ownership. Exploring our personal brand of low stakes dance comedy, our source material ranges from obscure Spiderman memes to the 2010s pop canon. 

Photos by Sophia Fung

PRESENTED BY

  • The Movement Lab at Barnard College (May, 2022)

  • Pageant (May, 2022)

  • WAX Works at Triskelion (June, 2022)

  • The Tank (June, 2022)

Special thanks to Tricia Toliver and Allie Costa for your technical assistance
This project was made possible through the production and technical support of The Movement Lab in the Milstein Center of Barnard College
For more information about the presence of Spiderman in this piece, see knowyourmeme and this YouTube video

CREDITS

All credits are listed in order of appearance


Incomplete* Movement Credits:

* This list credits the movements in this piece that we've learned directly from people's bodies via video recording or in-person interactions. The rest of the unoriginal movement (e.g. walking, pointing, slow-dancing) is not as easy to credit. But, you can rest assured that we've never had an original thought in our entire lives. 

  • Liza Minelli

  • Handsome Dancer (James Manzello and Matt Pavich)

  • Nattie Trogon and Hollis Bartlett

  • Ryan Yamauchi

  • Wesley Ensminger

  • Jason Cianciulli

  • Jodi Melnick

  • Uma Thurman

  • Jon Heder

  • Colleen Thomas

  • Brad Beakes

  • Doug Varone

  • Toy Story 2 Animation team

  • Donna Feore

  • David Dorfman

  • Hugh Grant

  • Francesca Jaynes

  • Uilalani Marx

  • John Travolta

  • Anna Sperber

  • C.L.E.O. Illusion music video


Full Audio Credits:

  • Dancing In the Moonlight by King Harvest

  • Dancing In the Moonlight (PHB & Jack Sunset Remix Radio Edit) by Jubël and PBH & Jack ft. NEIMY

  • Dancing In the Moonlight by L’aupaire

  • Dancing In the Moonlight by Liza Minelli

  • Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Music Factory ft. Freedom Williams

  • Dance To The Music by Sly & The Family Stone

  • Lose Yourself to Dance by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams

  • Dance, Dance, Dance by Steve Miller Band

  • Last Dance by Donna Summer

  • In the Dark by Dev

  • One Dance by Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla

  • Shut Up and Dance by WALK THE MOON

  • D-D-Dance by The Royal Concept

  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston

  • Just Dance by Lady Gaga ft. Colby O’Donis

  • Dance Again by Jennfier Lopez ft. Pitbull

  • Dance, Dance by Fall Out Boy

  • Same Old Song and Dance by Aerosmith

  • I Don’t Dance from High School Musical 2

  • Wow You Can Really Dance by Handsome Dancer

  • Dance No. 1 by Philip Glass

  • Canned Heat by Jamiroquai

  • Jingle Bell Rock by Joe Beal & Jim Boothe

  • Augustus Gloop by Danny Elfman

  • You Can Never Tell by Chuck Berry

  • Introducing Sheriff Woody! from Toy Story 2

  • Jump (For My Love) by the Pointer Sisters

  • 3 by Britney Spears

  • It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls

  • How to Be a Heartbreaker by MARINA

  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Jessica Simpson

  • Space Oddity - 2015 Remaster by David Bowie

  • The Phantom of the Opera by Nightwish

  • You & I by Ingrid Michaelson

  • Scream & Shout by will.i.am and Britney Spears

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