The Sydney Showboat prelude pays tribute to the stars of the Eighties world with a rhythmic Latino dance drawing inspiration from Cuba. The singers of this era romanced audiences with their balance and energised dance numbers, paving the way for contemporary Latin pop.
New York’s musical brew is a concoction that has evolved from the blues dens to jazz halls to rock concerts that eventually paved the way for the unconventional hip-hop, disco, punk and salsa! Then along came Broadway with the extravagance of musical theatre, lending another dimension to New York’s entertainment scene. With New York, one can safely say that change is the only constant!
The Cabaret made its way from Europe to America during the Prohibition Era with dancers setting Chicago aflame with seductive and bodacious routines choreographed to the trumpeting of jazz. Performed at speakeasy clubs, these cabarets were primarily a distraction from the mobsters who covertly flouted prohibition rules. But this creative art form eventually found wings to fly with stars of the period lending their voices to cabaret performances!
The Brazilian Carnival comes alive with a flurry of feathers, bold colours, vibrant drum beats and dancing. Brazilian music is known for its energy, passion and sentiment and the accompanying dance forms are nothing short of spectacular. Home to world-renowned dances such as the Samba, Lambada, Choro and Bossa Nova, Brazilians are known to live it up when it comes to celebrations!
Spanish dance conjures up images of strumming guitars, tambourines, stomping feet, sombreros and bright flamenco dresses. With the strong influence of gypsy music and dance during the Baroque period, the feisty Flamenco rose to national and international fame drowning the diversity offered by traditional regional dances. Spanish music and the classical guitar are iconic elements that have helped shape the Western music tradition.
The Land of the Pharaohs continues to fascinate the world with its history and mysticism. Legend has it that Osiris, the God of the Afterlife, championed the cause of music to tame the people and civilise the barbaric world. Egyptian music and dance began as ritualistic celebrations in praise of Hathor and Bes, their Gods of Music, which later trickled into all forms of worship and social celebrations. The traditional Sufi Dhikr closely reflects the features, rhythms and instruments of ancient Egyptian forms.
The heart of Africa beats to the rhythm of the thumping drum, weaving music and dance into the social tapestry of its people. Every limb, movement and expression exudes raw, primal energy that tells a gripping tale of love, morals or history. The human voice is a powerful and punctuating instrument that calls the tribes to gather around and celebrate the rhythm of life.
What’s a Paris cabaret without the extravagant CanCan and the glorious leg-lift? The CanCan dance emerged from the secret ballrooms of Montparnasse in the 1830s and became a scandalous way for dancers to kick up their skirts and lift their legs, while male dancers mastered moves to show off their own virility and prowess. Flippant and flirtatious, the Paris cabaret depicted the city’s latent desire to lead a liberating, free-spirited, Bohemian life!
This segment will evoke the nostalgia and longing for home that every Australian identifies with. Its popular melody and patriotic overtones make this heart-rending composition as desirable as the Australian National Anthem.
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