The military coup in Myanmar took an absurd turn on Monday when a video spread on social media of a woman dancing in front of armored vehicles.
The aerobics video appears to have been filmed Monday morning during the coup and shows a surreal scene of a military takeover to a lively electronic rhythm. The woman named Khing Hnin Wai dances for three minutes and doesn’t seem to know what’s going on behind her. According to her Facebook profile, she is a physical education teacher at the country’s Ministry of Education.
Online, people called the video “the first great art of the 21st century” and a “crazy mood of 2021”.
The video was so incredible that viewers wondered if she was dancing in front of a green screen. They pointed to the shadow behind the woman, part of which is disappearing in the video.
But the video is unlikely to be fake. A search for the location reveals that she was dancing on the stairs of a roundabout not far from the Myanmar Parliament, which is why the shadow appears to be cut off. Pictures of the road posted by Bellingcat researcher Aric Toler also confirm the location.
Later that day, the PE teacher herself posted other exercise videos that were filmed in the same location. She didn’t immediately respond to a request for an interview from BuzzFeed News.