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Video Spotlight: Where the Hell Is Matt?

  • Paul Tavner
  • 23 October 2011

This week’s video spotlight focuses on a real classic, a video that was in fact the original inspiration for this every-other-week feature.  It’s been around for a while, so chances are you might have come across it before, but this video is so compelling and joyful that it never fails to bring a smile to our faces, no matter how many times we rewatch it.

In 2008, Matt Harding released the latest in a series of videos that show him performing a silly dance in a series of locations around the world. Previous videos had mainly focussed on Matt dancing solo, but this version was different. This time, Matt had found some dance partners.

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‘Where the Hell is Matt?’ takes an incredibly simple concept – a silly dance – and puts it in such a context that it says more about common humanity than any thesis. By performing his dance with people from around the world against backdrops of familiar cityscapes, locations of outstanding natural beauty and (especially) average looking back streets,  Matt – for an instant – brings people together in something that transcends language or cultural barriers; a silly dance can be enjoyed, no matter where you’re from.

Matt’s still travelling and he’s working on another video that promises to be even more of a spectacle than the one we’ve featured here. You can check out his website to keep track of where in the world he is and register for the opportunity to take part.

We hope that the next time we share one of his videos that you’ll be able to spot your own version of the dance.

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Paul Tavner

Born and raised in the heart of the British countryside, Paul has lived and worked in London for the last four years. He loves most things about city life, but tries to make regular escapes on travel adventures to maintain his sanity. Paul is Techie-in-chief of the Travel Word and tries his best to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.
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