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VIDEO: Tilda Swinton Leads Conga Line At Ebertfest

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 24, 2013 3:31PM


Actress Tilda Swinton led a conga line to honor Roger Ebert's memory at his namesake film festival in Champaign-Urbana. Swinton took a break from her time sleeping at MoMA in New York City to attend the 15th annual Ebertfest in Ebert's hometown. At the suggestion of Chaz Ebert, Swinton danced through the aisles of the Virginia Theater to the tune of Barry White's "You're The First, The Last, My Everything." The Sun-Times writes:

During the Q&A after Swinton’s “Julia” (2008), Chaz Ebert told the actress, “I wish we could have you dance onstage,” referring to a tradition that Swinton follows at a film festival in Scotland, where she lives.

The next morning, in what Swinton called “a spiritual service,” she led the crowd in a conga-line dance through the aisles to Barry White’s 1974 hit “You’re the First, the Last, My Everything.”

“That’s why she’s one of our favorite festival guests,” Chaz Ebert said afterward. “There’s nothing better than having 1,500 people dancing along to Barry White.”

While Swinton has the star power, Chaz Ebert's elated dancing on stage is what really tugged at our heartstrings. Check out the video below, via IndieWire.

Ebertfest 2013 Dance Along from Ebertfest on Vimeo.