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Spectacular Performance

This collection of extraordinary dancers, actors, musicians, magicians and storytellers will bring both sides of your brain to life.

Pianist Jennifer Lin, just 14 at the time of her performance, confects spirited (and altogether unrehearsed) compositions from spur-of-the-moment audience suggestions. Jazz-inspired guitarist and singer Raul Midon riles up 2007 TEDsters with songs about Google, technology, dreams and a child's fear of "invisible forces." And Vusi Mahlasela, a crucial artistic voice during the fight against apartheid, shares his soulful, optimistic songs of protest and solidarity. (Be sure to watch his encore performance.)

Pilobolus' smooth, organic choreography -- featuring unusual partnering and lifts -- blurs the lines between individual performers, creating a sense of dance-troupe-as-organism. And in a feat of agility and optical illusion, urban-inspired dancer Kenichi Ebina teases and twirls a mischievous wisp of light.

Also check out "mathemagician" Arthur Benjamin's massive on-the-fly multiplications -- calculations so fast you might think it's magic. Or wordsmith Rives' observations on the eerie coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours: 4 a.m. And don't miss veteran TEDster Tom Rielly's comic send-up of the 2006 conference: not even our sponsors are safe!

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Play_iconRachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

Rachelle Garniez: "La Vie en Rose"

03:21 Posted: Apr 2007

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Play_iconTom Rielly: A comic sendup of TED2006

Tom Rielly: A comic sendup of TED2006

19:55 Posted: Apr 2007

Views: 496,660 | Comments: 49

Play_iconEddi Reader: "What You've Got"

Eddi Reader: "What You've Got"

05:12 Posted: Apr 2007

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Play_iconEddi Reader: "Kiteflyer's Hill"

Eddi Reader: "Kiteflyer's Hill"

06:18 Posted: Apr 2007

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Play_iconRives: A mockingbird remix of TED2006

Rives: A mockingbird remix of TED2006

04:11 Posted: Apr 2007

Views: 545,582 | Comments: 54

Play_iconEvelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

Evelyn Glennie: How to truly listen

32:09 Posted: Apr 2007

Views: 2,953,704 | Comments: 265

Play_iconCaroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

Caroline Lavelle: Casting a spell on the cello

07:39 Posted: Apr 2007

Views: 304,876 | Comments: 31

Play_iconJill Sobule: Global warming's theme song, "Manhattan in January"

Jill Sobule: Global warming's theme song, "Manhattan in January"

02:43 Posted: Apr 2007

Views: 403,436 | Comments: 36

Play_iconGolan Levin: Software (as) art

Golan Levin: Software (as) art

14:53 Posted: Apr 2007

Views: 401,560 | Comments: 43

Play_iconNora York: Singing "What I Want"

Nora York: Singing "What I Want"

04:36 Posted: Apr 2007

Views: 262,627 | Comments: 36

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