I’ve been fortunate to see two shows within the last few days – both ones I’ve been looking forward to for some time as they were separately booked months ago. The first was Delirium, a Cirque du Soleil show, new to me, and I’m a big fan of Cirque. A spectacular surreal show with all the special effects they could muster, clever use of mammoth video screens, and a backdrop of constantly changing imagery. It should have been superb…… But it wasn’t. There was no dramatic interest, no genuine human feeling in it, and the whole think just seemed utterly pointless, and spectacularly soulless. At the end of the show, I thought “Is that it??” and left the auditorium without the natural “high” that a good show gives…….
…… Then tonight, I went to see Tango Fire, an Argentinian dance troupe, all young and fizzing with energy and smouldering sexuality. And I sat mesmerised – and loved every minute of it! There were only a few dancers, and a simple accompanying band, but the passion was there, from the strong smouldering men to the long legged women, their nifty footwork showing the precise combination moves so particular of tango. I found the moves very erotic, partly because of the facial expressions of the dancers, it was almost like watching them have sex. And also by the movements, from the way a male dancer ran his hand seductively along the length of thigh of his female companion, or the manner in which they threw their woman into the air, and held her there, leaving her crotch tantalisingly close to his face, for a split second, before slowly releasing her down to the floor. You could almost smell the tantalising aroma of aroused woman hood. Such a joy to watch such toned and fit bodies, working themselves into a passionate sweat as the night progressed.
And I was struck by Ronjazz’s comment on my last post – about being passionate about my art. I know I am. And I’ve learnt a lesson this week with the two shows I’ve seen – vision can be wonderful but if if doesn’t touch a chord within the viewer, it doesn’t matter how clever it is, it just won’t work as a concept. However, passion can be created from simple tools, and doesn’t need to be showy, because the audience will know that it comes from the heart, and will love it for it.
So, now I’m back to my erotic landscapes, and I’ll try and work on the passion rather than the clever idea……..