Archive for the ‘Inspirational Artists’ Category

Spending first day of 2013 with the brilliant choreography by Sir Robert Helpmann in 1948 film, The Red Shoes, I am reminded of a brilliant quote from the film:

“Boris Lermontov: Why do you want to dance?
[Vicky thinks for a short while]
Victoria Page: Why do you want to live?
[Lermontov is suprised at the answer]
Boris Lermontov: Well I don’t know exactly why, er, but I must.
Victoria Page: That’s my answer too.”


“The Ballet of The Red Shoes” is from a fairy tale by Hans Andersen. It is the story of a young girl who is devoured with an ambition to attend a dance in a pair of Red Shoes. She gets the shoes and goes to the dance. For a time, all goes well and she is very happy. At the end of the evening she is tired and wants to go home, but the Red Shoes are not tired. In fact, the Red Shoes are never tired. They dance her out into the street, they dance her over the mountains and valleys, through fields and forests, through night and day. Time rushes by, love rushes by, life rushes by, but the Red Shoes go on.”


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Yasmin Levy: Australian Tour

Yasmin Levy is one of the world’s finest interpreters of Ladino music of the Sephardim, the Spanish Jewish tradition that developed after the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.

In November 2012, she was interviewed by ABC Radio National on the Music Show ahead of her Australian Tour. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/yasmin-levy/4386246

She performed at the Factory Theatre Marrickville on Saturday 17th November http://www.liveguide.com.au/Events/795790/Yasmin_Levy/Yasmin_Levy_Australian_Tour_2012

Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ishayamir?feature=watch

Website http://www.yasminlevy.net/

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Dunas – Interview and Rehearsal August 2012

‘María Pagés is the ‘flamenco dancer with the endless arms’, and Sidi Larbi is like liquid in the way he moves. The music, the lights, everything about it just takes you away.’ Rafael Bonachela
Another unforgettable performance during the opening of the 2012 Spring Dance Festival at the Sydney Opera House. With a live score composed by Szymon Brzoska and Rubén Lebaniegos, ‘Dunas’ meaning sand dunes, combined touches of Flamenco and Arabic music featuring two singers, piano, guitar, violin and percussion.

In London last year Pagés performance in Dunas inspired the critic, Clement Crisp, into an uncharacteristic shiver of delight: “Her feet [are] driven by the trills and thunders of her art, with castanets that purr and cry and live. Every step, every action, every stormy flurry and every yielding pose, speak of movement as hypnotic as any you may wish to see. Her demons become ours as she dances”




Website http://www.mariapages.com/en_index.php

YouTube account http://www.youtube.com/user/mariapages?feature=watch

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Paloma Gomez is a former principal dancer with both the Ballet Nacional de Espana and Nuevo Ballet Espanol. I will never forget the experience of seeing  her perform at the Adelaide Festival Centre  in 2010.

Her tour was  funded by the Ministerio de Cultura de España (Spanish Ministry of Culture), The Australian National University and Arts SA.

Paloma regularly travels to Australia to give workshops to local flamenco schools. See http://flamencoaustralia.org/tag/paloma/

Website http://www.palomagomez.com.es

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Solea by an all time favorite flamenco dancer, Fanny Ara. A celebration of the art flamenco and its ability to communicate lived experience to an audience…every movement has meaning!

The name Solea is derived from one of the early flamenco lyrics of these songs, referring to the Spanish word ‘la soledad’, the desolated loneliness of the ever wandering Gypsy soul. The compelling Solea lyrics summon touching feelings inspired by daily life, tragic, love and death.

The Solea compass consists of 12 beats with unusually strong and weak beats in combined 6/8 and 3/4 time signatures, using the typical Andalusian cadence patterns and generally ending on strong beats.

Ara  is a flamenco dancer  based in San Franscisco, and a long-standing company member of Caminos Flamencos. In August 2012, Fanny Ara performed in  ‘Spirit of Flamenco”  for the 2012 Adelaide International Guitar Festival at Festival Theatre.



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