This little slip should speak for itself:
Of course, a smattering of Russian knowledge would have helped - and I did buy myself the corresponding Rosetta Stone starter set the day after - but the enchanting, dream-like and often silent performance can easily hold audiences enthralled during the 3 hours and a bit it takes to unfold its magic.
Mesmerizing ballets and music (by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, along with original score by Faustas Latenas, as well as Russian and French folk songs). Tragedy, comedy. One spurious white rabbit. One young man in tights!
What's not to like?
If it comes your way, GO SEE IT!
So nice to think that, potentially, all these trees destroyed by our snow fall (maritime pines and mimosa aren't sturdy enough to withstand the weight apparently) may find a second life in music.
FIRST She gave us this marvel that is "Sex, Drugs, and Nuclear Physics"
Who else would commit such a wonderful thing?
THEN I remember the first time I haven't quite met Kim.
We clustered on a dark internet corner with digital vodka and I took the opportunity to pester her with some fundamental questions. Strangely - and graciously - enough she answered them too. On internet! To a stranger! This girl isn't scared of anything. I could have been the virtual bogeyman. With vodka!
So what did we discuss? It went like:
Me - Unicorns? Why did it have to be unicorns?
Kim - I love all manner of mythical beasts. But I think I wrote about unicorns because they are the ideal of perfection, fragile strength, and impossible beauty.
Me - What about flying carpets?
Kim - Flying carpets are great. I haven't been on one in a while, probably about 3 years. Actually I almost fell off the last one. It was late at night and I was a bit drunk. I saw a flying carpet passing by and jumped on and almost fell right off.
Me - When are you coming to Rome?
Kim - When I get my flying carpet!
(Apparently she has something for crocs too)
So I say: let's get her a blooming flying carpet!
Actually, there is way. (IM)Possibly.
NOW This girl went on and redefined "impossible" with a new touring concept.
But do not just take my word for it. Take hers!
For real! As seen on CNN and on the BBC!
No kidding. It worked a treat on her New York show.
She will be going to:
OCTOBER 23rd – Minneapolis, MN (Damn. I am going to miss this one by a week or so. Drats, buggerage and darnation)
But only if you want it!
(and yep, no sign of Rome in that list but I am ever hopeful)
SO IF SHE COMES NEAR YOU, DON'T MISS OUT ON THE OPPORTUNITY!
According to The Fabulist, this is "a Finnish tango sung in Elvish. (I wasn't aware that Quenya, the language created for the Elves by J.R.R. Tolkien, was partially influenced by Finnish. The more you know!) This tango, minus the Elvish, is the national tango of Finland, and the annual tango festival in Finland called the Tangomarkkinat is the oldest tango festival in the world."
My pictures aren't terribly good (the settings had gone wonky on me - AP, for goodness sake! - and in the dark it took me a while to realize what was wrong with the camera) but they are a nice souvenir of a wonderful time.
The guy is a great performer, so if you get the chance to see him... GO.
Let's indulge in a little bit of before and after effect.
THAT is before the show:
That is towards the end of the show:
( Two more pics )
Here's one of the songs he sang:
Here sung with Amanda Palmer.