The Dancing Dollar: You've got to get up and dance



The The Dancing Dollar was inspired on a newspaper article, in which former Citigroup CEO Chuck Prince spoke his famous words about the first financial problems, and after which Citigroup lost 95% of its value.

Bullish Citigroup is still dancing to the beat of the buy-out boom
"When the music stops, in terms of liquidity, things will be complicated. But as long as the music is playing, you've got to get up and dance. We're still dancing."

Chuck Prince, former CEO Citigroup
Financial Times, July 10, 2007

In the piece, the headline, quote and price decline have been set to music. Furthermore, the music features a concise history of the Dollar (during which the currency is asked for a dance), a crash, and an epilogue in which the Dollar is asked to not leave his lovers - with the result that the music stops.

The Dancing Dollar
Live recording (low sound quality) by Lindsay Kesselman, Amanda DeBoer (soprano), Andie Springer, Francis Liu (violin), Andi Hemmenway (viola), Lauren Radnofsky (cello), Maggie Hasspacher (double bass), Andy Meyerson, Melanie Sehman, Ryan Nestor (percussion), conducted by Brad Lubman. Written for the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.

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L to R: Melanie Sehman, Lauren Radnofsky, Ruben Naeff and Maggie Hasspacher.