“I love that moment just before the curtain goes up…It’s a thrill that’s unequaled anywhere.” -Joel Grey

Seven of the greatest and most entertaining achievements of human ingenuity.

I don’t know how many of you have ever come across the French television show Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Monde (The Greatest Cabaret in the World), but it’s devoted to providing a platform for some of the most amazing talent I’ve ever seen. I’ve only just discovered it, and I still have no idea — as Beirut would sing — what happens

After the Curtain.

But I did find seven amazing performances in many different genres to share with you, and I hope you enjoy them all! To give you a taste, here’s number 2 on my list:

2.) Guang Dong, Pas de Deux, ballet. This is ballet as you’ve never seen — and probably never conceived of — before. I can only imagine how difficult it is to balance the way the female dancer does, and I can only imagine the pressure and pain that comes with supporting another human being en pointe on your shoulders and head.

[Go read the whole thing -- and see the whole list -- at Starts With A Bang on Medium.]