Posts Tagged ‘dance’

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.

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.”

Zorba the Greek flashmob

June 27, 2014

Zorba le grec en pleine rue à Ottawa.

Helenic and Cypriot Societies of Birmingham.

Zorba the Greek from the film Zorba the Greek.

Memories of a party in Athens.

Rumba

April 13, 2014

Spine-chilling Latin dance routine by Slavik Kryklyvvy and Elena Khorova.

2007 World Super Stars Dance Festival Latin.

The Parlour Trick: Half Sick of Shadows

November 15, 2013

This is brilliant on several levels: the filming, the dance, the use of shadows and the music.

Half Sick of Shadows is featured on A Blessed Unrest by The Parlour Trick.

The dancer is Rachel Brice.

Lip Dub Lincoln

July 26, 2013

A variant of flashmobs.

Hundreds of people from across Lincolnshire took part in the filming of an 8-minute ‘Lipdub’ video featuring Lincoln’s landmarks and people, while miming on Take That songs.

The video by BBC Lincolnshire spans Take That’s Shine and Never Forget. It starts at High Bridge on the High Street and proceeds through Steep Hill to Castle Square, culminating at Lincoln Cathedral.

Amazingly this was filmed in only one take, the video shows people lip syncing as they ran, drove, danced and marched through the historic heart of the city.

Participants included Jive dancers, RAF cadets, Mods on Vespas, Mystery Players, Nordic Walkers, a variety of choirs, a hotel buggy, cricket team, local shops, carnival characters, the Mayor, rock school, Ceilidh dancers, cyclists, gymnasts, choristers, Delta Dogs, Olympic torch bearers, and shepherds with Lincoln Longwool Sheep.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire managing editor, Charlie Partridge, said: “We really want to thank the people of Lincolnshire who were fabulous in supporting this venture and the Lipdub is – we hope – a fitting celebration of our county and the beautiful city of Lincoln.”

Petrushka

November 14, 2012
Wimbledon Music Festival Petrushka

Wimbledon Music Festival Petrushka

I met Anthony Wilkinson Festival Director during the summer. He invited me along to the Wimbledon Music Festival. Russian ballet with puppets sounded interesting, it would either be awful or brilliant.

Wimbledon during the afternoon, have a wander around, grab something to eat, then along to St John’s Church in the evening where the performance was due to take place.

No sign of puppets. I knew there would be projection, but I thought to give a backdrop. Surely I was not here to watch a film of puppets, I could watch a film of puppets on my laptop.

The concert started late, but where were the puppets?

The first half was Mikhail Rudy, an acclaimed Russian-French pianist, on piano. I had come for the puppets, ballet, not a piano recital. Where were the puppets? Had I come to the wrong event?

Shostakovitch left me falling asleep. I would like to say those around me were captivated, spellbound, but I think they too were falling asleep.

The pianist was good, and a beautiful sound from the piano, it was only a pity he did not have something worthwhile to play. Random notes would not have sounded much different.

With some music, you have to have the dance, it is not good enough to stand alone.

Riverdance is a good example of this. The dance on its own is boring, the music on its own bland, put the two together and it is magical. On the other hand Tchaikovsky Swan Lake can stand on its own as a piece of music in its own right.

Prokofiev was far better.

What was I doing here, I had come for puppets?

A long interval, for me too long, but probably not for others as most of the people there knew each other.

Second half was the world premier of Petrushka, transcribed by Mikhail Rudy and performed by Little Angel Theatre.

It started with Mikhail Rudy wearing a cloak playing the piano. On the screen, swirling snow, Moscow, then a medieval scene of peasants at a market dancing. More dance than ballet. Then along comes a magician (wearing the same cloak as Mikhail Rudy), a Punch and Judy show with puppets, but without either Punch or Judy.

It was magical. It held everyone spellbound. At times the puppets appeared to be humans playing puppets, their movements were so fluid. Mikhail Rudy appeared on screen, amazing shots of him looking through the piano. Was this him live, or if recorded, amazing synchronisation?

In some ways it was like an old silent film, only in colour, with the man playing a piano rather than the organ. But that does not do the performance justice. Indeed it is difficult to find words to do it justice.

For the first half I wondered why was I there. For the second half I was more than pleased I was.

It is rather a pity it was not on DVD. An announcement at the end we have this available at the door on your way out. It would have sold as hot cakes. But copyright issues to be resolved.

I have suggested they upload as soon as possible to youtube and vimeo in order that it can be shared. Maybe a link to buy on DVD and blu-ray, but even not, good publicity for the Wimbledon Music Festival.

It would also be a good idea to put the sound track on bandcamp, pay-what-you-like, split 50:50 between performers and music festival, with a link to buy DVD and blu-ray.

I talked afterwards to Russian Valeria Meng of EyesOnTheWall who filmed and edited and congratulated her on what a marvellous job she had done.

I asked what did she think of doing another production based on one of the books by Paulo Coelho. She jumped at the chance. We will have to think what book, who for the music. Maybe world premier at Wimbledon Music Festival 2013.

Mikhail Rudy (Russian: Михаил Рудый) (1953- ) is a Russian-born French pianist, who has won several awards for his recordings including the Grand prix du disque.

Wimbledon Music Festival runs 10-25 November 2012.

Petrushka was performed in St John’s Church in Wimbledon.

Petrushka is not the first multimedia collaboration for Mikhail Rudy. Inspired by Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky and watercolours by Kandinsky, which in turn were the beginning of a conceptual idea for light and sound, led to a concert at the Guggenheim Museum which holds one of the world’s largest Kandinsky collections.

Drumline Style 싸이 강남 스타일

November 6, 2012

Paris Free Pussy Riot Gangnam Style 싸이 강남 스타일

November 3, 2012

Gangnam Style 싸이 강남 스타일 flash mob in Paris in support of Free Pussy Riot.

Top Story in Art Grinder (Saturday 3 November 2012).

London Style (강남스타일)

November 1, 2012

Gangnam Style (강남스타일) in London.