Thought of the Day

I don't believe in morality, but I believe in ethical conduct as set out by His Holiness the Dalai Lama: "Ethical conduct = a way of behaving that respects others’ right to be happy".

Sunday, 9 March 2008

The Place

friday was the end of a long and intense week at work (i am between jobs, remember?). at five thirty i left the office and walked home where my hairdresser was coming for the usual trim. {my hairstyle is still a bob, but i am slowly let it grow.} steve came home with a lovely yellow flower plant in lieu of a mimosa for International Women Day. this kind gesture was replicated by laura who brought us a bunch of yellow flowers each. four of us (vale, ele, lau & I) had a lovely dinner and a fat laugh at my local restaurant, where we stayed till the very end in true italian style.


yesterday, sian and i went to a contemporary dance performance at The Place, a centre i have always wanted to visit. i was so pleased with myself that i managed to find a non-mainstream show in london. the Scottish Dance Company presented two performances (Tenderhook and Dog), of half an hour each, which were absorbing and intense. i cannot recall whether i have ever expressed my passion for this form of art, which started in venice while i was working at La Biennale and dealing with Carolyn Carlson and her dance academy. anyhow, what fascinates me of this discipline is that, unlike balletto, is more democratic and unites perfection of the movement with expressive randomness, order with chaos, discipline with improvisation.

Tenderhook was an exploration of emotional commonplaces, such as love, devotion, desire, grief or entrapment. the movement aimed at unfolding the fullness of such singular experience and bringing out the unutterable. the result was utterly poetic, lyrical and connecting. i could not avoid to be raptured by the aesthetic qualities of the dancers - their marble skin, and the softness and sensuality they exuded. here you can enjoy some highlights.

and this is how i dressed up for theatre yesterday:

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