|"So I was under this dragon right..."
||[Jul. 10th, 2005|01:20 am]
|||||The memory of that drum beat at the event||]|
I got to be underneath a dragon! Pictures later.
Basically, my friend Deajar got me to help out with an event called Handbags and Gladrags - it's for Our Lady's Children's Hospital Cancer Ward (same crowd as Science Day contributes to). It was insanely cool! I'll be uploading pictures somewhere soon. Free food, some free booze, and a good whack of fun!
Basically, I got this call on Tuesday or Wednesay from Deajar saying "I've got this event that's happening, and I need people to help with the Chinese Dragon". I've always meant to go to one of his things, but in general there were clashes with other events, but... Seeing as I was free for the night, I agreed. He also needed more people than he could rope in on his own, so I managed to rope in granite_lullaby to help.
It was GREAT fun. Basically, there was a samba drum band, and we'd get under a big pink chinese dragon and wander around in front of rich socialites, dancing all the time. We'd dance for up to 20 minutes, and then take a break. During the break, we'd descend like locusts on any alcohol and/or food that came our way by way of tray-in-hand-of-servant. It was a pretty sweet deal - we were in for free at a charity gig that cost 100 euro per person to get into!
When it started to get dark, out job was done, so it was time to just arse around and have fun. Later on, when it got dark some REALLY cool acts began. I don't know if anyone has seen angle-grinding acts live: they SO ROCK. It really kicked a bit of me that's peeking out to say hello. It's kinda the artistic side of me - but from a very alternative point of view. Just watching it made me feel... I dunno how it made me feel, but I just had a grin plastered all over my face, ready to let out a big celebratory laugh. The best bit was, I felt, I had been part of the show for people. I was doing my part to help an exceedingly good cause, and I got my artistic bits out!
I really wanna do stuff like that again.
So, the really fun bits were jugglers. Throughout the day there were different juggler types - one time, two guys were waving flags in a nice way. I didn't get to see much of the daylight stuff because I was generally under the dragon at that point, and when you're under it, you're so busy dancing and trying to follow the person in front of you, that you can't care about anything else. The same guys also had foil-covered boken, and did some juggling and fighting with them - problem was, when I was watching them I was thinking "Wow, they SO haven't done any martial arts. This is for show, but has no martial grace... which makes a bad show for me." and then I was under the dragon again.
Other juggling acts, in the dark, involved fire juggling. One guy was so good that it looked like he was doing stuff with poi the way he was moving, but it was just a torch in each hand. He fooled me a number of times, I kept thinking, oooh, poi!
However, later, there were two people doing some funky electronic poi stuff - Poi with LEDs. There was a guy and a girl. The girl was way more skilled poi-wise. She was using something that looked like a ball with leds inside a pop-sock, but then switched to what looked like half a nunchaku (i.e. elbow-length, or shorter, staff with lights, and shortish cord) in each hand. That really rocked.
I just plonked myself down on the cobbled and decided to look at the whole show. Looking at her, I realised that most of the stuff she was doing I knew the idea of. I could recognise the stuff she was doing - the weaves, the butterflies and all the rest. Well most of it. There was a really cool move that was like a butterfly but with squiggly inner bits. I can't remember it too well, but I just remember thinking "wow, that's a special one. I've not seen that before." There were a coupla others that I'd seen on home of poi, but haven't tried, like chasing the sun. I just looked at her stringing what I'll eventually consider simple moves into something that was visually amazing and flowing. It was brilliant to look at.
Now I'm wondering what it'd take to make LED poi? A pic, some leds and some knowledge when it comes to programming the pic. Probably.
I also saw a guy doing fire poi, and later a fire staff. Is it just me, or when people are doing fire poi, do they only ever just do the weave? Seriously, I never see anything else. There again, I suppose it'd be bloody stupid to try anything else, given the risk of being burnt, but you'd think they'd have thought of doing something else one top of that. Seriously.
But, watching electronic poi girl, it's essentially shown me why poi is cool. I really want to master more of the basics so I can just start playing with ideas in a more fluid way. Hmmm, for some reason, over the last month and a bit, my concept of art is changing a hell of alot. But that's for another entry methinks.
So overall, a VERY cool event. I saved myself 100 euro, got food, drink, and a taxi to Deajar's where I stayed up till about 6:30 with him, just chatting, plus I got to stroke his chicken. And it's filled me with lots of artistic/creative intents - most of which generally goes no-where half the time.