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 Post subject: 5th July 2006: New Art Club (UK), Zouk
PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:00 am 

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After the long hegemony of Salsa, Zouk dance is making a big impact. It all started in the 80’s when people bored with Lambada decided they needed a new dance, so they created Zouk. Zouk is slower than popular Lambada and originally comes from the Caribbean Islands, Guadalupe, Martinique, Capo Verde and Angola. Also, Zouk has created style variations in countries such as England, Holland and Spain.

The word „zouk” in French Caribbean means „party”. We recognize two types of Zouk dance – Love and Lamba. Lamba is fast and energetic, while Love is a slow, fluent dance, full of sensuality, with elements of jazz, contemporary dance and ballet. The main step in both styles is easy and is based on the movement of the hips with the upper body always active and with the head rotating, letting the hair fly free.

The relationship between a dancing couple is based on confidence;.the woman has to have confidence in her partner who leads her. But this dance is not only a game between them; it is also a relationship between the dancers and the music. They seem to be unified and it creates this sense of flight; beautiful Caribbean music in the air builds the atmosphere. The hips move almost unconsciously with the rhythm and people fall in love with Zouk.

Zouk workshops in the Festival are lead by the Dutch teachers: Aisa Lafour (teacher and choreographer of Brazilian dances, belly dance and capoeira) and Pasty (master of salsa, choreographer and Zouk dancer) .


Zouk podbija Europę

Przy dźwiękach karaibskiej muzyki ma się wrażenie, że biodra same prowadzą ciało, a ludzie zakochują się w Zouk.

Nowa forma tańca latynoamerykańskiego podbija europejskie parkiety. Po szaleństwie salsy na salę wkracza Zouk. Ten taniec o brazylijskich korzeniach zapoczątkowany został przez tancerzy lambady, którzy w latach osiemdziesiątych mieli już dość charakterystycznej dla lambady muzyki. Jednocześnie chcieli jakoś spożytkować swą taneczną energię. Muzyka Zouk, której rytm jest wolniejszy od popularnej lambady, pochodzi z Karaibów, Gwadelupy, Martyniki, Zielonego Przylądka i Angolii. Do tej pory Zouk wykształcił swoje odrębne style m. in. w Anglii, Holandii czy Hiszpanii.
Słowo „zouk” oznacza w języku karaibskim „imprezę”. Wyróżniamy dwa rodzaje Zouk - Love i Lamba. Podczas gdy Lamba jest szybka i energiczna, Love to wolny płynny taniec, pełen zmysłowości, zawierający elementy jazzu, tańca współczesnego i baletu. Krok podstawowy jest bardzo prosty, podstawą są ruchy bioder i aktywna górna część ciała. Typowy jest również ruch wygiętej do tyłu głowy tancerki, pozwalający na swobodny lot jej włosów.
Relacje tańczącej pary w Zouk oparte są na zaufaniu kobiety do prowadzącego ją partnera. Tancerka powoli podąża za swoim towarzyszem, czuje się od niego zależna, przez niego prowadzona. Ten taniec to nie tylko forma gry między tancerzami, to także trójkąt relacji partner – muzyka – partner. Jedność obojga sprawia wrażenie lotu, jakby jedno po drugim spływało. Przy dźwiękach karaibskiej muzyki biodra same prowadzą ciało, a ludzie zakochują się w Zouk.
Zajęcia prowadzi dwójka tancerzy z Holandii: Aisa Lafour – nauczycielka i choreografka tańców brazylijskich, tańca brzucha i capoeiry oraz uroczy Pasty – mistrz salsy, choreograf i tancerz Zouk.

Katarzyna Steńczyk
Łukasz Zalewski

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The New Art Club performance "Electric Tales" made most of us laugh a lot and at the same time some of the audience left the theatre early - maybe they were disappointed not to see a typical contemporary dance performance. It is possible that part of the audience is not open enough to experiments and they associate contemporary dance mainly with what was presented by the City Dance Ensemble. Perhaps it is the result of the fact that in Poland we have few opportunities to see what is going on in the contemporary dance field except during the festival in Bytom.

Tom Roden and Peter Shenton brought us an rich mixture of dance, theatre and comedy. The performance was bursting with an absurd, Monthy Python sense of humor. The British played with the widely understood role of electricity in our lives. Starting from the electric discharge that take place in our brains, thanks to which we have a control over our bodies, through the kind of mania of collecting all sorts of gadgets and surrounding ourselves with electric devices that are supposed to make lives easier (or maybe harder), and ending with the electric sparks between people which like the poles of a magnet can bring them together or push away. And everything comes to the question how to find the golden middle/solution/balance which is according to the New Art Club something hidden between the face and reverse of a coin, between the light switch on and off.

The choreography of "Electric Tales" can be called minimal. The British were often ironically repeating very simple, even banal sequences of movement. The dance matched the climate of the absurd in an excellent way. We were not prepared for such an extended use of words in the performance, maybe this is why some viewers couldn’t sink into this game as they just didn’t understand. Dance sections were laced with satirical stories such as the one about the “dark, dark, daaaark dream” in which one of them is discovering a brand new color – only revealed at the end of the evening to be “yerple” (a mix of yellow and purple), brighter than gold and deeper than black.

Not everybody likes Monthy Pyton’s sense of humor, but we let ourselves flow with the Electric Tales, even though the performance lasted 75 minutes. These who laughed at least a bit, and who are eager to get another dose of British absurd humor I encourage to visit their website .

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