Category: Dance

David Bowie A Legend Passes

David Bowie A Legend Passes

David Bowie

David Bowie,the legend had died yesterday at the age of 69, still relatively young and gone too soon by 21st Century norms.

David was a man of Past, Present & the Future.

You could say he was also  A Man for All Seasons.

His legacy will live on.

He was a London lad  like me and only nine years older.

I grew up to David”s music; from his beginings as a pop star to becoming a well respected world renowned culture icon.

He influenced modern music & videos, particularly the New Romantic era of the 1970s/1980s.

To see him on stage with another legend and musical genius Freddie Mercury was sublime.

My favourite songs of his were Space Oddity, Ashes to Ashes (cool video), Spiders From Mars and Jean Genie.( I sing terribly to my wife!)


He easily adopted new personas such as Ziggy Stardust, for which became famous for and much copied.

He was also a decent actor. I enjoyed his movie ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth‘ seeing it twice as well an 80s classic, The Labyrinth. 🙂

He cornered the market in style.

David was flamboyant and cleverly used androgyny in different personas he created with his music which influenced next generations of musicians and singers.

His final song and atmospheric video  Lazarus (the title says it all) released on his 69th Birthday showed how David wanted to go out of this world, say Goodbye…His way.

Magnificent. groundbreaking and unique all the way. His own epitaph, his own way.

The world is a little less colourful now that he is gone.

Farewell Major Tom & Thanks for the music and cool videos…and being you.

Enjoy the Great Gig in the Sky…Starman

Jon Jon Briones is Miss Saigon

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Jon Jon Briones is Miss Saigon

As an wedding anniversary treat from the hubby, he took me to see Miss Saigon as I have been longing to see it for a very very long time, since its original inception back in 1989, but have not had the opportunity.

Though I really wanted to see it, I was moaning at Peter for booking it.  I don’t understand myself sometimes. LOL

Anyway, in the end, I truly enjoyed the show, very much so. It was much, much better than I thought.

The Prince Edward theatre was in the heart of London’s famous West End so called theatre land. It is not the biggest venue and thus it is more intimate that you see the cast with no problem.

All seats were taken  ; a ‘full house’ as they say in theatres.

I was  quite surprised as it has been running for over a year already.  We did not see any empty seats. Miss Saigon is a hit!

It was very realistic.  the opening scenes was surprising,  seeing  women cavorting in their underwear, simulating sex & erotic dancing made me feel rather a bit of a voyeur, but I got used to it quickly as the show has no ‘lows’ it was just one amazing act after the others. You must go and see Miss Saigon if you can.

It was actually different and better seeing acting and singing  live to an audience rather than watching flat celluloid/movies.

I applaud the actresses to be going out night after night in their skimpy costumes, doing all manners of acrobatics, mainly sexual! lol  Nice!

The orchestra was conducted well too to keep the singing and music flowing to the story.

But the night or probably night after night,in my opinion, the stage belongs truly to  Jon Jon Briones.  He makes  Miss Saigon the hit it is.

His singing is powerful.& he owns the stage when appearing. Everytime he was on it. you only concentrate on him.  He has humour, he has pathos, he has salaciousness, he has deviousness and he was able to bring out the motivation of the situation he was portraying.

It is all about the American Dream as most Filipinos and Asians long for. Jon Jon easily connected to this aspiration.

Of course the rest of the cast are also brilliant. I was expecting the cast to be made up mostly of Filipinos but there are plenty of Korean actors.

Newcomer, Eva Noblezada, whilst no Lea Salonga (the original lead Kim),  has that vulnerability required for her role.  Her singing is sweetly pure with a touch of purring a la Britney Spears, I thought!

Gigi was well played by Natalie Mendoza who gave the role sassiness and very overt sexiness and wantonness.

Chris Peluso’s Chris, I thought, was rather weak. Perhaps his character was not fully realised. What came out was a very dorkish man, who is too dramatic and not really know his mind. It was really hard to sympathise with him.

I thought Sangwoong Jo’s Thuy was more fanciable. Kim should have gone with him and not kill him but probably Kim is really after her own American Dream all along by way of Chris or any G.I.

Overall the stage effects, music, singing, dancing and acting were superb and standing ovations to the cast and crew were given by us the appreciative audience. We saw why it had won many awards and critical acclaim,

Miss Saigon is of course based on the consequences of the Vietnam war .  Its theme  was partly based on one of my favourite Puccini operas ever – the ‘Madame Butterfly’. I want to see next!.

Twerking Catholics of Asia

Miley Cyrus performs at IHeartRadio Music Village, Saturday, September, 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP)

Miley Cyrus performs at IHeartRadio Music Village, Saturday, September, 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP)

The dance craze, TWERKING, has taken the Catholic women of the Philippines into a new level of exhibitionism.

A noontime show, called Showtime, has been bombarding its numerous viewers dances to music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance. Viewers are also suprised with sudden lascivous thrusting of barely clothed bums on their tv screens.  Shocking!!! 😉

Twerking Catholics of Asia

Twerking in the Philippines is pandemic; you can expect a baby to be twerking before she begins to toddle.  Everyone is twerking like Miley!

One thing you can learn from watching Filipinas twerk is that you can tell if a Filipina/girl is still a virgin.

The last two videos have that virginal essence to them still, just! 🙂

Anyway, shouldn’t the television broadcasting media have some sort of rules and regulations in place which distinctly say what a noontime program can and cannot show to its audience, young and old alike?

Shouldn’ t the Church be intervening by honing the moral compass of the youth?  I think they should be move vocal about this twerking business when young eyes with immature mind are also watching.

There is nothing wrong with sex, but it has its own place and own time.  Remember, the Philippines has an ever burgeoning population, which is now over 100,000,000, where more than half of the people, is living under poverty level.

Teen-age pregnancy is endemic among high-schoolers.  Let us not encourage young ladies to be engaging in sex or something sexually provocative when at the same time we discourage them to use contraceptives and unlawful abortion.



Chinese Acrobatic Ballet

Chinese Acrobatic Ballet

This is so beautiful and hypnotic to watch.

I supposed it is because the precision and the amazing acrobatic talents of everyone especially the woman who played Odette, the princess, who was turned into a swan, was beyond ordinary human capabilities. She is so nimble and graceful in her tiptoes. So wonderfully pliant and boneless or double jointed.  Just totally brilliant. I have never seen anything like it before, well actually in Chinese acrobatic performances and in Olympics gymnastics.  So fantastic to have seen it even in youtube videos only.  Apparently this particular video has been view 27M times and was first posted in 2008.

I just can watch and watch it.

Tudor Music By David Munrow

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Peter absolutely adores Tudor music.  I think he’s born on the wrong century.  He should have been cavorting with courtesans, hunting and riding and jousting during the Tudor period and then attending music and dance recital at night at the court of Henry VIII.

I know where to look for Peter if he finds a time machine!  😉

He remembers a certain young man, David Munrow, who put his style to bringing back Tudor music.  Unfortunately David suffered from depression and took his life fairly early on before his career could really flourished.  However, his 10 years in the music business was enough to bring Tudor music back into the 20th century.

Peter is on the hunt of David Munrow’s Henry VIII and his six wives music.  I guess Amazon.co.uk is the best place to commence looking.  What I do for my husband! 😉

MERRY CHRISTMAS PEACHIES!

I think Greensleeves, King Henry VIII own composition is beautiful. Very poingnant, it reminds me of harvest time when palays are swaying teasingly and enticing maya birds in the field. No rice field and maya birds in England so oops I won’t be able to find Peter in old Blighty whilst I am pining in Marag, Philippines! LOL I did say the tune is poignant. I supposed like great love stories, we will be forever looking for one another but never the twain shall meet as in East and West! LOL My flu has gone to my brain. LOL

Spanish SEÑORITA

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Flamenco Dancer
Photo by Jean Morton

I love this little Spanish Flamenco dancer figurine that my husband bought from Barcelona for me.  I first saw it and really loved it.  Told him I liked it but because our holiday was so hectic and I seemed to have developed an allergy to the bathroom water in our plush hotel room, my mind was always somewhere else, i.e. the itch.  So forgot all about my Spanish senorita.

I was so ecstatic and really surprised when we unpacked our holiday things and found this little figurine.  My husband was very thoughtful like that.  He also once bought me a teddy bear when we were in Chicago whilst I was raiding the duty free (LOL), again found this teddy in our luggage afterwards.

Sometimes husbands can be useful. LOL

Twerking Policemen

Twerking Policemen

This is very funny. The police were mingling, dancing and twerking gamely. Everyone was having fun. The dancing policemen, in less than 2 minutes, were able to develop good community spirit.

They should empathy with the crowd.

Are these men going to be suspended and follow the fate of the Harlem shakers below?!!!

If not, it shows that the MPS has double standards. One rule for one and another for some…… Not nice!

Or you can make a fool of yourself in the crowd but not during police downtime perhaps?

But to be fair, the Harlem video was very entertaining.

Binasuan – Philippine Folk Dance

I remember as a child when I was about 10 years old at Marag Elementary School, selected girls from our class, including me as the star dancer, LOL, learned a folk dance called Binasuan.

Binasuan is a lively and colourful dance originating from Pangasinan, a province on the island of Luzon. It is often danced at weddings and fiestas. Or in our case as a school – end of year presentation.

The word binasuan means “with the use of drinking glasses” The performers balance glasses on their heads and hands while gracefully dancing. This is especially tricky because the glasses are filled with rice wine or some other form of liquid again in our case, tea candles.

The dance was very intricate as it involves rotating the arms in different direction whilst carefully balancing, not holding, glasses in the palms of our hands and another glass on our head.  To top that we had to get down on the floor onto our stomach and roll around still balancing the glasses. Whoever invented the dance was a bit of a sadist! 😉
However, it is a good way to learn good posture.

We did practise quite a lot, and after so many broken glasses and nervous fits of giggles, we perfected it on the night!

My father cut beer bottles to make glasses for me.  I must say he did have to make quite a lot. LOL

I do remember the experience fondly.

glass bottle cutting

Glass bottle cutting

Binasuan – Philippine Folk Dance

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May Day

Today is the 1st of May, spring is supposed to have sprung but not so much in the UK, with record rain falls and colder days.
May Day has spring festivals dating back many centuries in the UK and the bonus of a public (spring) holiday on
Monday 🙂

May Day in also Labour Day and workers left wing, Communists regard as a special day.
May Day Festivals in UK
Celtic (pronounced Keltic) festival ‘Beltane’ and Pagan/Germanic festivals such as ‘Walpurgis Nacht’(Night) are held on 1 May. With Christian festivals such as Christmas and Easter taking over other pagan festivals, so called neopagans etc claimed pre- Christian festival day 1 May as their own festival again.

The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Virgin Mary in May

Many villages hold May Day celebrations to spring and have a May Queen crowned. Traditional Morris Dancers etc dance around a May Pole.

Originally, the tradition was to decorate a pole with garlands of flowers and leaves. These were known as ribbon-less maypoles and dancers simply circled the maypole in time with the music which was often provided by pipe and tabor, fiddle and whatever other instruments could be found. Later, ribbons were attached to the top of the maypole and dancers wound in different directions around the maypole holding a ribbon each to create a complex pattern of colours. After the ribbons have been wound onto the pole or perhaps plaited on themselves, the practice was to reverse the path of the dance to unwind the ribbons again.Maypole Dancing

Maypole Dancing

A typical maypole can have 10 or often many more dancers

 

Morris dancers

Morris dancers

The dances were often led by Morris Dancers playing the traditional tunes of the region. Today, the music usually features fiddle, pipe, tabor, accordion and concertina.

Some charming traditions have sadly disappeared since the 20 Century dawned. One such being the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours’ doorsteps.
Much of this tradition derives from the pagan Anglo-Saxon customs held during “Þrimilci-mōnaþ”] (the Old English name for the month of May meaning Month of Three Milkings)

May Queen

May Queen

May blossom, the flower of the May tree
The May Day bank holiday, on the first Monday in May, was traditionally the only one to affect the state school calendar, although new arrangements in some areas to even out the length of school terms mean that the Good Friday and Easter Monday bank holidays, which vary from year to year, may also fall during term time. The May Day bank holiday was created in 1978. In February 2011, the UK Parliament was reported to be considering scrapping the bank holiday associated with May Day, replacing it with a bank holiday in October, possibly co-inciding with Trafalgar Day (celebrated on 21 October), to create a “United Kingdom Day”.

 

Queen Guinevere’s Maying

For thus it chanced one morn when all the court,
Green-suited, but with plumes that mocked the may,
Had been, their wont, a-maying and returned,
That Modred still in green, all ear and eye,
Climbed to the high top of the garden-wall
To spy some secret scandal if he might,

Here are some local May Day festivities

In Oxford, it is traditional for May Morning revellers to gather below the Great Tower of Magdalen College at 6:00 am to listen to the college choir sing traditional madrigals as a conclusion to the previous night’s celebrations. It is then thought to be traditional for some people to jump off Magdalen Bridge into the River Cherwell. However this has actually only been fashionable since the 1970s, possibly due to the presence of TV cameras. In recent years, the bridge has been closed on 1 May to prevent people from jumping, as the water under the bridge is only 2 feet (61 cm) deep and jumping from the bridge has resulted in serious injury in the past. There are still people who insist on climbing the barriers and leaping into the water, causing themselves injury.
In Durham, students of the University of Durham gather on Prebend’s Bridge to see the sunrise and enjoy festivities, folk music, dancing, madrigal singing and a barbecue breakfast. This is an emerging Durham tradition, with patchy observance since 2001.
Whitstable, Kent, hosts a good example of more traditional May Day festivities, where the Jack in the Green festival was revived in 1976 and continues to lead an annual procession of morris dancers through the town on the May Bank Holiday. A separate revival occurred in Hastings in 1983 and has become a major event in the town calendar. A traditional Sweeps Festival is performed over the May bank holiday in Rochester, Kent, where the Jack in the Green is woken at dawn on

Morris dancing on May Day in Oxford, England, in 2004.
At 7:15 p.m. on 1 May each year, the Kettle Bridge Clogs[8] Morris dancing side dance across Barming Bridge (otherwise known as the Kettle Bridge), which spans the River Medway near Maidstone, to mark the official start of their Morris dancing season. Also known as Ashtoria Day in Northern parts of rural Cumbria. A celebration of unity and female bonding. Although not very well known, it is often cause for huge celebration.
Padstow in Cornwall holds its annual ‘Obby-Oss’ (Hobby Horse) day of festivities. This is believed to be one of the oldest fertility rites in the UK; revellers dance with the Oss through the streets of the town and even through the private gardens of the citizens, accompanied by accordion players and followers dressed in white with red or blue sashes who sing the traditional ‘May Day’ song. The whole town is decorated with springtime greenery, and every year thousands of onlookers attend. Prior to the 19th century distinctive May day celebrations were widespread throughout West Cornwall, and are being revived in St. Ives and Penzance.
Kingsand, Cawsand and Millbrook in Cornwall celebrate Flower Boat Ritual on the May Day bank holiday. A model of the ship The Black Prince is covered in flowers and is taken in procession from the Quay at Millbrook to the beach at Cawsand where it is cast adrift. The houses in the villages are decorated with flowers and people traditionally wear red and white clothes. There are further celebrations in Cawsand Square with Morris dancing and May pole dancing.
In St Andrews, some of the students gather on the beach late on April 30 and run into the North Sea at sunrise on May Day, occasionally naked. This is accompanied by torchlight processions and much elated celebration.
Both Edinburgh and Glasgow organize Mayday festivals and rallies. In Edinburgh, the Beltane Fire Festival is held on the evening of May eve and into the early hours of May Day on the city’s Calton Hill.

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Did you know?

May Dew a Cure for Freckles.

The “Morning Post,” (England,) issued for the 2d day of May, 1791, states that the day before, “being the first of May, according to annual and superstitious custom, a number of persons went into the fields and bathed their faces with the dew on the grass, under the idea that it would render them beautiful.”

The Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical
       A Cabinet for the Curious

Author: Frank H. Stauffer

Quoting Cher

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Quoting Cher

I don’t need a man. But I’m happier with one. I like to have someone I can touch and squeeze and kiss. But I don’t fold up and die if I don’t have a man around.

– Cher
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If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life.
– Cher
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Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. Exercise is nothing short of a miracle.
-Cher
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People are negative no matter what you do.
– Cher

The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing – and then marry him.
– Cher
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Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.
– Cher
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