If 2020 has been everyone’s slovenly and boozy year from hell, David Byrne’s American Utopia is its proud antidote. The show, which ended its original Broadway run in February, is a monochromatic paradise for Byrne and his fellow performers: Everyone is untethered and barefoot, the songs are full of joy, and, of course, the dance moves are sublime. Choreographed by Annie-B Parson, her goal was for the audience to walk away realizing that dance matters, and how, just like Talking Heads standards, it can easily become a part of their memory. “It was an amazing creation for this piece. It has a minimalist aesthetic but it’s somehow very warm,” Parson told Vulture last year. “David really is one of the great citizen artists of our time. It’s for real with him. It’s cool to be with someone who cares that much for the world.”
A film adaptation of American Utopia, directed by Byrne’s fellow “art brother” Spike Lee, will begin streaming on HBO platforms on October 17. In lieu of putting on your mask to huff and puff in a sad indoors gym, Vulture has created this 26-step GIF workout, taken directly from the show, that you can do from the comfort of your own home. You may not burn more than 75–100 calories, but who cares. You only have one lifetime anyway.