Thursday, July 14, 2011
AJC 2011 Itinerary 28: We Dance to REMEMBER and Not to FORGET
Fresh from their time travels to Monte Carlo and flush with their winnings at the Tables, Sophie and Kevin treated us to a night out at the Royal Theatre in Victoria.
Who would have thought that Flamenco would find a home here on our small island, so far from Spain? But it did, and for 20 years, it has flourished magnificently.
The title of the Performance was ‘Recuerdos’ or Memories and talk about being perfect for this week’s posting!
The song ‘Hotel California’ cover done by the Gypsy Kings was playing in my head while putting this together (probably because Sophie was yodeling it and Kevin was chiming in on the chorus, ‘welcome to the Hotel California, such a lovely place’) and I remembered the Henley lyrics: ‘some dance to remember, some dance to forget’.
In this case, they Danced to Remember Harry Owen, who with his wife Veronica started Alma De Espana company and (sadly for us) passed away last year.
A very apt Spanish proverb was quoted at the start of the Recuerdos:
‘In Joy There Is Sadness and In Sadness There is Joy.’
That being said, we go forward –
Credit and Kits:
Flamenco Dancer: personal stash
Flamenco Dancer Shadow Paper – Tangie’s AJC11 Parcel 13
Font: Tangie’s Duchess
Background Stage: Royal Theatre before performance started (mine)