ARTS & CULTURE
03/09/2013 09:18 am ET Updated Mar 11, 2013

Pilobolus Dance: Shadow Dancers Awe The Internet With Inspiring Viral Performance (VIDEO)

We never thought we would reach the same level of excitement as when we were children, watching adults project magical shadows onto the walls by simply moving their hands. Today it happened, thanks to an incredible display of shadow dancing by modern performance company Pilobolus.

In the video above, a troupe of talented dancers perform to Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind," contorting their bodies into the shapes that define New York City. Called "Shadowland," the performance has received over 665,000 Facebook shares since it was posted February 19 and after watching, it isn't hard to imagine why.

We asked Associate Artistic Director Matt Kent in a phone call if he expected the video's sudden viral success. "Ugh, no!," he responded. "Someone sent it to me and I was like, 'Oh... Oh my god.' I am completely blown away."

Take a look at the video above and let us know your reaction to this stunning tribute to the city that never sleeps.

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