Yvonne Carts-Powell

Star Wars and Folks Making Art

In hilarious, Science, science fiction on May 9, 2011 at 2:37 am

Star Wars invaded popular culture decades ago. For better or worse, it is a part of our folklore. And when folks get hold of folklore, they do stuff to it: retelling the stories and reusing the images in all sorts of ways: singing songs, wearing Ewok costumes, light saber props and flying a hot-air balloon that looks like Darth Vader’s helmet. That is, arguably, what popular culture is for, although some copyright holders might prefer that everyone restrict themselves to buying licensed merchandise.

I wanted to mention two performing groups who riffed off of Star Wars:

Just a month ago, the North Cambridge Family Opera reprised their brilliant Space Opera. (Jabba’s walking blues song is genius!)

(Science Content: Family Opera also organized a chorus singing songs about science during the Cambridge Science Festival! The Festival Chorus comprised more than 60 adults and children (ages 5 and up) from Cambridge and surrounding communities. )

Another performance, across the country and several years ago, melded Star Wars with Les Mis in “Star Wars the Musical”. Check out the article and links to videos from Salon:
 

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