March 27th, 2007

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Review: Italian Festa on Norton Street

Sunday we spent an hour or so wandering amongst the local Italian community at the Italian Festa on Norton Street. Whilst I was a bit disappointed with the lack of variety in the food and wine department (especially after the gastronomic success of the recent Portuguese Fair), we did enjoy a few things. Namely a wrap made of Northern Italian flat-bread (Piadine) containing proscuitto, rocket, bocconcini, and porcini mushrooms. And amongst the sausages on rolls, we found some lovely large pans of Paella.

Perhaps the best taste of the day was the Italian Gingerbread... no photo, it was eaten too quickly!
Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Chunky Move's GLOW

On Saturday we went to a 26 minute show (following my theory that a short show is a good show), seeing the new Chunky Move production Glow at The Studio.

It was practically an exorcism on the dance floor... in fact, speaking of people being driven crazy, if you liked the movie The Cube, you'd probably love this show.

The premise is rather difficult to explain - it is a collaboration between a dancer and a motion capture software engineer Freider Weiss, and basically the piece uses infra-red cameras scanning the heat signature of the dancer at 25 frames per second. This was a real time processing of the dancer, where the interaction between lines, shadows, music and patterns on the dancer informed the dance. You sat above, overlooking a dancer in a white box, who at times seemed trapped in a terrifying electrified cube with her own shadows chasing her.

I really, really liked Glow, and felt like I was seeing the future of dance and multimedia!
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