Monday, June 22, 2009

Earl "Snake Hips" Tucker

Friday, June 5, 2009

Finnish B-girls

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hollywood Dance Steps it Up

Here's a special feature of OM about old Hollywood films that featured dance sequences on either staircases or steps.

The famous Nicholas Brothers' routine:

The great partnership of Shirley Temple and Bill Bojangles Robinson:

Busby Berkeley's Gold Diggers:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Yes Man! May in Edinburgh

May is officially the best month to be in Edinburgh, Scotland. Tourist season is just beginning to get under way (and this will be my first year actually in Edinburgh for the summer!). But the live music and dance events are getting absolutely ridiculously incredible!

The first amazing gig I saw was a stunning, hilarious, upbeat, light-hearted, and genuinely brilliant performance by the Instant Composer's Pool Orchestra, as part of the ecat series, at Queen's Hall. They have officially become my new favorite orchestra and musical performers. From the moment Misha Mengelberg wandered on stage half way through a song, wading through the players and stands to get to his piano, I was sold.

Next up, I had the opportunity to see my favorite dance company, C de la B, in Glasgow's beautiful Tramway. The garden outside set the tone for the evening, and the trampoline located above the string players made for pure brilliance. It was another elaborate set design for the company with dancers climbing stories and skirting passed percussionists and string players, while top singers came out to the front of the stage to sing and dance and interact with all of the dancers. Out of all the productions I've seen by C de la B, this one seemed to be the roughest around the edges, but the music and dance were stunning. And the eclectic mix of performers is out of this world. Next time they come to Scotland, I will go see them both nights. It's just too good to pass up and seeing this calibre of choreography and innovation is worth a second glance.

Tomorrow night, the Canadian band Metric are playing in Glasgow. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for all of my favorite songs including:

French popper, Salah, is performing at Breakin' Conventions (Edinburgh Festival Theatre) and also giving a dance workshop which I will be checking out (May 17th). It's the same day that new works performed by Mr. Peng Yueqiang (a folk erhuist), alongside Mr. McFall's Chamber, will be featured at the Reid Concert Hall!

May 18th and May 19th: Breakin' Conventions at Edinburgh Festival Theatre with Ken Swift, Salah, and other local and international acts. I'll be there both nights taking it all in...

Just when things could be slowing down, the end of the month is FULL of Dance Films, workshops, lectures and other events (Diamond Circles for the b-boys and b-girls) for Scotland's Dance Film Festival.

I would go into details, but you get the picture. This month is stacked full of events. I can't believe I missed all of this for two years in a row (but maybe glad I did because I also happened to get a lot of work done in that time...)