I was in Bogota in Columbia when I saw this show from Montreal. It was in a huge tent that sat about 2500 people and the crowd went off…
There is something similar about the people of South America and Australia… it might be the weather and the outdoors lifestyle… either way the crowd was extraordinary.
The standing ovation, stamping feet and whistling at the end of the show felt like home to me. Maybe it was the very contemporary edge to the street-influenced dance, the huge projections and design elements – it felt very of this time – or maybe the amazing skills of a team of acrobats, BMXers, dancers and technicians…
Whatever it was I had one of those moments in the theatre when I knew iD was going to make it to Sydney for the festival.
Later I had one of those terrifying taxi rides where the driver was on a mission to scare me senseless, missing other cars by a whisker and exceeding any normal speed limit. It was an adrenaline-fuelled ride that was eclipsed by the performance. Dangerous, risky and I survived.
There is a lot of work around the world offering a mix of street cultures and ‘official’ cultures. Music and dance are leading the way, where we are seeing styles morphing from backstreets and the “hidden” through to mainstream chart-topping records and movies. I guess this has always been the case. When you think of the rise of jazz or tap dance or minimalist music, for example, a movement starts small and then is gradually accepted and codified and starts to be seen in the large festivals, opera houses and mainstream companies as it becomes more popular.
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