Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. Today’s post isn’t much of a discussion; it’s more of an “update on my life” sort of post, I guess; or a review of a artsy thing post…I dunno.
One of my plans for this year is to do things that I’m interested in and I did so this weekend. I took myself to a dance performance called Red Bull Flying Bach, which was pretty awesome. The performance combines break dancing with classical music for a spectacular show that was entertaining.
I love break dancing and I sometimes like classical music, but I’d never think the two could work together. I was stunned not only by the show’s success, but also how diverse the audience was in race and age as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m glad it was so good because I hiked to get there in cold-ass weather! (An exaggeration, but for real though, last night in D.C. was fucking cold!)
Vartan Bassil, a German break dancer who co-founded the b-boy crew Flying Steps, teamed up with energy-drink company Red Bull to create Red Bull Flying Bach. He got the idea for the performance when he attended a classical dance concert. “I thought, when the ballet dancers turn on the feet, maybe we are turning on the head,” Bassil says. “And I think, maybe we can find more similar moves.” (Quotes are from this Washington Post article.)
According to the article, the show features break dancing to “Johannes Sebastian Bach’s ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ to tell the story of a dance class preparing for an upcoming recital.” The show is composed of nine performers, including members of Flying Steps and a classically trainer dancer doing traditional ballet.
I think Bassil did a great job. If I could include photos and videos, I would; but we were told not to tape the show so I didn’t. The show was entertaining, especially when they mixed in some acting to make the performance humorous. However, to me there’s something missing between the break dancing and Bach’s music, which I later realized was the bass. I preferred the moments when the performers danced to classical music mixed with some thrumming bass. When one of the guys coin dropped on a deep beat, it had a greater impact on me.
I also enjoyed watching the ballet dancer. She is so talented (all of the are!) and I loved the very end when she came out and did a little break dancing with the guys. Though I absolutely loved the entire show, my favorite part was a video they showed of some performers break dancing in slow motion to classical music. I think the two — break dancing and classical music — worked best in that way because the quick movements of break dancing are slowed to make them more graceful and more in harmony with the music. I think it made viewers pay closer attention to the movements and appreciate them more.
I also enjoyed watching the slowed break dancing because it was a nice study of the human body as it twists through the air or hits the ground. I liked seeing the ripples along the dancer’s body as the impact from hitting the ground reverberates through them. It was really cool.
Anyway, I loved the performance. The dancers were awesome and they had some sick moves (those head spins and windmills, yo! The guys were awesome) and the pianists were great too. I hope Flying Steps will do another tour based on another creative idea. I’d love to attend another show.
For more info on the performance:
Washington Post article quoted from above
What I’m reading this weekend:
These are the books I’m actively reading at the moment.
The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff is a nonfiction book about the Salem witch trials. It’s interesting and I like that Schiff writes it to seem like a novel, but I keep falling asleep whenever I read it, though the subject is interesting. Also, because of how it’s written, I keep wondering what’s fact and what’s fiction. It’s too easy for me to think of this book as a novel.
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. I guess this is self-help. I didn’t know what to read so since both this and The Witches were available for download from my library, I got them. Strayed’s book is good so far. I like how she wrote her advice columns but the more I read them, the more I want to learn about her life. She’s a very interesting person. My first introduction to her was through this podcast on Longform. I just really like her outlook on things. I think it was after listening to that podcast that I added her memoir Wild to my TBR and later purchased it. I might read it after Tiny Beautiful Things. I have a strong feeling that I might have to get my own copy of Tiny Beautiful Things so I can highlight…things.
18 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #65: I get a start on my New Year plans”
Congratulations on taking yourself out to enjoy a dance performance! I love dance – have since I was a child, yet, sometimes I get all hunkered-down in my reading and writing and forget…!
Aww well, maybe you could make it a date for yourself to take a break from reading n writing n check out a performance somewhere.
I plan to go to another one when I get the chance.
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Wahhh break-dancing + classical musics sounds epic. These unusual combos are more and more popular nowadays. Glad to hear you were able to enjoy it!
Yea man! It was so cool though the performance was shorter than I expected – only an hour and a half, which was good cause I was hungry the whole time. But yea, awesome performance.
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Oh, no! It’s not a good sign when you fall asleep whenever you read a book! haha. I do find the Same Witch trials very interesting as well but these days, I’d rather see a movie or documentary about it. Not sure I’d like to read a book about it. But keep powering through and try not to fall asleep!
Yea man, I’m trying. I think it’s because I’m reading the eBook. It’s difficult sometimes to read nonfiction that way.
The first part of The Witches definitely seemed like a novel. There isn’t a whole lot of research available so I think she was “setting the mood” to put you in the place and time and get a feeling for how people were thinking and feeling and seeing it all. It settled in later on to what you would expect that type of book to be.
Oh OK. Thanks for the clarification. I appreciate it because although I like how immersive this section is, it put me off because it also seemed far-reaching. I kept wondering how she knew so much despite saying there wasn’t much documentation available.
It threw me at first too, but that’s how I interpreted it.
Happy Reading and stay warm, you too!
The dance performance sounds like a lot of fun. I am unfamiliar with this, but think I could totally enjoy it. Yeah, it is too bad you cannot tape or film anything anymore. I do understand. But pictures are nice mementos.
I hope The Witches: Salem, 1692 works out for you. I am pretty interested in this one. It is a topic I have always found intriguing!
Omg! It was fun. I need to go more break dancing performances.
The Witches is pretty good so far despite me falling asleep Everytime I look at it. The author really tries to transport the reader to Salem in 1692.
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Oh.. I should really try to grab a copy.. but I am so behind on my reading. I also get tempted and throw another on the pile haha.
Gurl, right now I’m tempted to start a different book. I think reading nonfiction books on an e-reader don’t work well for me.
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I think I have to be in rare form to work well with nonfiction period.. so I sort of have to time it haha. But certain ones definitely are worth it 😉
True that. For me, the writing is everything. I prefer ones that cater more to a general audience who probably have some background on the subject.
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