Archive for the ‘dance’ Category

Ayia Napa Medieval Festival

October 16, 2021

The last night of week-long Ayia Napa Medieval Festival. My third night.

Leaving Limassol later than intended, I reached Ayia Napa later than intended, caught last hour of concert.

I sat for about twenty minutes, then wandered around the stalls.

I had no intention of buying anything, I ended up buying a jar of honey, two bottles of pomegranate juice. Each bottle, the size of a coke bottle, the juice of a kilogram of pomegranates. One good for health, but never more than one.

The honey eased the sickness of caffeine poisoning.

Tried local version of jamon serrano. Very tasty.

Soaps tempting but would have contaminated coffee.

I suggested bees wax paper for wrapping. Where to obtain from? I inquired of honey stall. They were not very helpful.

The Medieval stalls were far more interesting than any craft market in England, which tends to be overpriced tat.

I thought I would eat at a restaurant, further up, past the monastery. Too late, closed. A conversation with the owner, a large glass of brandy, invited to return another day.

GWR takes on the Jerusalema Dance Challenge

September 12, 2021

Incredible performance at Paddington Station.

The dance challenge originated with a group of kids in Angola, and Oh My God can they move.

This has has gone viral around the world.

Music written by South African DJ Master KG.

The original DJ Master KG video has racked up an astounding 444 million views.

The White Crow

February 22, 2021

Early life of Rudolf Nureyev, leading to his defection.

Film of Rudolf Nureyev as a boy and a young man leading to his defection to the West whilst touring in Paris with a group of Russian ballet dancers.

He was helped to defect by Clara Saint.

The film was inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh. The title is a reference to his childhood nickname of white crow (similar meaning to “black sheep” in English), because he was unusual.

Ayia Napa Medieval Carnival

November 4, 2019

Following afternoon trip to Laranca, Intercity Bus could not go as far as the main square outside the Monastery where I would change for the local bus, roads closed for Ayia Napa Medieval Carnival.

A procession through the street, followed by a concert in the square in front of the monastery.

Flamenco Puro

November 23, 2016

March last year at a fiesta, Festa de San Xosé, in Santigo de Compostela I saw incredible flamenco.

Flamenco Puro at Teatro Timanfaya en Puerto de la Cruz had a very hard act to follow.

Flamenco Puro succeeded.  They were not better, they were different.

Well done Monica, theatre director, for once again putting on an excellent show.

Contrary to the name, this was not pure flamenco, more a musical performance. But then maybe flamenca is more than dance.

Started with a lone guitarist, followed by a singer, followed by another singer. They then provided the backing for the dancers who came on next.

Thrilling dancing, including stunning solo performances.

Dance went beyond classical flamenco. Was this modern flamenco?

Tonight was an extra performance.  Thursday night will be last night.

Near to Christmas there will be special performance.  Maybe February next year, a new season.

Este es el Rey

September 1, 2016

Solo Tango Orquesta with Javier Rodriguez and Fatima Vitale.

Tango Oblivion

September 1, 2016

Gracias Vanessa.

¡Increíble!

¿Astor Piazzolla?

Obsesionante.

Strictly Prom

July 24, 2016

 

 

 

Strictly Come Dancing comes to the Proms.

Or looked at another way, the dance, the music, without the crap.

Real dance, breath taking, sends shivers down the spine dance, not the dumbed-down garbage of Strictly Come Dancing, that does for dance what X-Factor and Britain Ain’t Got Talent does for music.

Indeed why even link to Strictly Come Dancing, as that gives the impression of dumbing down the Proms. Why not simple call Dance Night at the Proms?

To see full concert, watch on BBC Four, broadcast last Friday, or access via BBC iPlayer.

La Carnaval 2015

February 22, 2015

La Carnaval

La Carnaval

Last year was a shadow of former carnivals, this year a shadow of last year.

Few stalls, the only food stall Meson California in Plaza Charco. In the past, food cooked by the harbour. Disgusting junk food vans not food.

Raining.

Nowness

February 17, 2015

Nowness, a film by Tell No One.

A troupe of contemporary dancers from London’s Sadler’s Wells Theater engage in an elegant game of chase in Mine, a film by director duo Tell No One AKA Luke White and Remi Weekes. The filmmakers have created an interactive, motion-touch short where half a dozen underwear-clad performers are styled in shoppable pieces from labels including Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, La Perla, Maison Martin Margiela and Bottega Veneta. “I thought they should be dressed in clothing capable of expressing emotion,” explains stylist Agata Belcen. “���The film doesn’t straightforwardly distinguish between male and female roles, and so it was important in the styling that the clothing could also be understood in masculine and feminine terms.” Influenced by the naturalistic approach of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Tell No One enlisted Italian choreographer Paolo Mangiola to translate the frenzied desire of online gratification into an impassioned routine which features Madonna and Florence and the Machine collaborator Amber Doyle alongside dancer-turned-model Louis McMiller. “Luke and Remi’s film feels magical but still of this world,” adds Belcen. “It was important for the styling to support this mix of reality and oddity.”


%d bloggers like this: