At a metal music concert, a sign language interpreter amazed people by her perfect and enthusiastic translation of the song being played.
Concert-goer Freddie Ibarra, 48, filmed translator Lindsay Rothschild-Cross interpreting the music alongside a stage at the Slayer farewell Tour in Austin, Texas.
The video was posted on YouTube and gained hundred of hits as the professional interpreter, keenly performing sign language to the lyrics of Angel of Death. Among three people she was one of the interpreters who took turns interpreting during the six-hour long concert last month.
Ibarra, of Monterrey, Mexico, said: ‘’There was a group of deaf people next to me and it was incredible to see how much they were enjoying it.’’
‘’The crowd did not seem to notice, but I was very impressed,’’ he said.
‘’I had seen this at other concerts, but never on one side of the stage. It made my skin crawl with emotion.’’
In 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which requires concert venues to provide interpreters for deaf attendees.
Music concert interpreters say they don’t merely translate the lyrics into sign language but they try to capture the artists’ musicality, movement and expressions, which means that two artists singing the very same song will have two different interpretations in sign language.