Everyone's favorite privilege-acknowledging electro Swedes the Knife kicked off their tour in support of their Shaking the Habitual album this weekend in Bremen, Germany. The show opened with what the band called an "Absurdist Aerobics class taught by a master-teacher-guru-shaman-dictator-aerobics instructor-new age workshop leader, Tarek Halaby." It looks like the "Corky St. Clair Realness" category at a drag ball with flashes of Kate Bush taking her dancing very seriously and Björk convulsing with contemplation.

Here's the band's extended explanation of whatever is going on in that video above:

Participatory/interactive absurdist warm up for anybody who wants it.
Death Electro Emo Protest Aerobics… DEEP AEROBICS

DEEP AEROBICS is a workout form invented and shamelessly disseminated by Miguel Gutierrez, who hopes to soon destroy the technique, because it’s just too hard to teach, and really the world is going to hell in a hand basket anyway. It is the communal/political/conceptual/imaginational workout experience you always wanted but never could embarrass yourself enough to find or do in public. It is for anyone who has ever had any interest in combining the joie de vivre that is the vigorous bouncing of one’s anatomical/spiritual/energetic molecules with the existential absurdity that is living in a world/country/economic system of injustice, war-mongering, and cultural ineptitude. Oh wait, that’s you. If you feel like it: come in your own crazy aerobics costume, whatever that means to you. Taste the sweat.

ps. Take one class and you are instantly a certified master teacher of the form. No yearly dues, fees, reports. Just give credit to Miguel Gutierrez.

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It is refreshing that a high-minded band that is generally considered hip is interested in the aesthetics of stupidity and willing to be conduits of public embarrassment. At the same time, this is really fucking embarrassing.

[via Spin]