Friday, September 6, 2013

Polar Moon featured in new dance performance

Christel Veraart’s music is featured in the new dance production, Frágil (Des)Conforto in São Paulo, Brazil. This stunning performance by Marina Salgado and Bruna Petito features “Polar Moon”  –  a new composition where soaring sounds interweave with intriguing percussion. Dance-like sounds that pique the senses.  Video was produced by Manacá Filmes.



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Alyeska featured in new dance performance

Christel Veraart’s music is featured in the new dance production, Frágil (Des)Conforto in São Paulo, Brazil. This stunning performance by Marina Salgado and Bruna Petito features “Alyeska” – a new composition that captures the icy loneliness and immensity of the Alaskan landscape. Video was produced by Manacá Filmes.




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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dance Premiere Features Music by Christel Veraart

Christel Veraart’s music is featured in a new dance production, Frágil Des(Conforto) in São Paulo, Brazil. Her latest compositions, Alyeska and Polar Moon were adapted for choreographic purposes. These compositions were inspired by the vast beauty of the Alaskan landscapes.
An earlier composition, Iemanja’s Chant from her Inner Landscapes CD was adapted for the Dance Finale.

Watch music video of Polar Moon which is used in the Finale.

São Paulo, July 16, 2013
Translation of Press Release 
Amanda Queiros, Metro São Paulo, 7/16/2013

Semanas de Dança   
(Dance Weeks) - Diversity is the theme for a 2013 edition that brings together the presentations of 18 groups continuing through August). Zélia Monteiro e Balé da Cidade de São Paulo open the program.

Suspended last year due to a big remodel at the Centro
Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), the Semanas de Dança (Dance
Weeks) are returning to this venue for 2013.
The event, which has been taking place there since 1990, has established a prominent place in the cultural scene of the city as one of the most comprehensive events of São Paulo’s productions of modern dance.

18 groups are responsible for 66 presentations between today and the August 25. The objective of the programming to trustee/guardian Leticia Cocciolito, continues to be variety. “We are trying not to pursue a theme that is too rigid in order to showcase a greater quantity of treated issues of the life of dance and in doing so, giving the audience a chance to experience the diversity of this event”, so she says.

One of the issues raised, for example, is the accessibility, addressed in shows that bring to the cast people with disabilities. It’s their “Forma de Ver” (Way of Seeing), by choreographer Marcos Abranches, 26-28 of July, and “Proibido Elefantes” (forbidden Elephants) and “Sobre Todas as Coisas” (About Everything), both by the Gira Dança Company, invited by Rio Grande do Norte who will rise to the stage from August 21-25.

This year, the event counts performances of two groups weekly - some days performances will be shown back to back, allowing the audience to view more than one performance per night. Besides being shown in theatres, presentations will also
take place in gardens, libraries and the foyer of CCSP.

The one who opens this marathon, today until Thursday at 8 pm is Zélia Monteiro, with her intimate solo called “Tres Danças Passageiras” (Three Passing Dances). She will be followed by Balé da Cidade de São Paulo (City of São Paulo’s Ballet), who will dance “Frágil” (fragile), “LAC” and T.A.T.O, starting tomorrow until Saturday at 9 pm and Sunday at 8.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

a brazilian/alaskan collaboration

A couple of weeks ago, dancers/choreographers Marina Salgado and Bruna Petito, based in São Paulo (Brazil) invited me to write the music for their upcoming event titled Projeto Fragil Des(Comforto). Thus a collaboration that crosses borders, languages and cultures commenced.  

Projeto Fragil Des(Comforto) presents the story of two women, their histories, doubts and dreams who ask themselves questions like "where do we belong, to stay or leave, to run with or from? Once the conflict is presented the rest of the story unfolds. A story  full of uncertainties, frailties and opportunities.

Marina Salgado started her dance career in Brazil. In 2005 she studied in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) where she worked with numerous choreographers and participated in many independent productions. Since 2006 she has been part of the dance company Mauricio de Oliveira & Siameses.  In 2010 one of his choreogaphies was pronounced best dance performance and Marina won the APCA price for "best interpreter".

Projeto Fragil Des(Comforto) is Marina's and Bruna Petito's project and was supported by Edital PROAC (State of São Paulo's Secretary of Culture) for the 2012-2013 season.

Bruna Petito also started her dance career in Brazil. In 2005 she had an internship at the Winnipeg Ballet Company (Winnipeg, Canada). Afterwards she danced in Vancouver with the Printemps Company. Upon return to Brazil she participated in Cia Danças (Claudia de Souza) and in 2008 she joined the same company as Marina Salgado (Mauricio de Oliveira & Siameses).

Inspired by the overwhelming beauty of Alaska (where Christel Veraart moved in 2011), Alyeska is one of the original pieces adapted for this performance. Dance performances of Projeto Fragil Des(Comforto) are scheduled for this summer. I will keep you posted on developments about this collaboration and specific dates of performances.
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Monday, April 8, 2013

celebration of spring, christel veraart

After having lived in places where the weather is good year-round, I had forgotten about those strong feelings of anticipation that surround you once spring is on its way back in.

The days are nice and long now, the trees are budding (though barely). People start planning what to plant in their gardens and where to go camping once the weather allows it. And everybody is sick and tired of shoveling snow!

Despite the fact that it is snowing and cold today, spring is just around the corner. Here's my contribution in the hope that it'll hurry things along...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

amalia rodrigues, tudo isso é fado

Besides Maria Severa, Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999) is one of the most admired Fado artists of Lisbon. She was certainly the most pioneering voice of modern Fado. 

Known as the Rainha do Fado - Queen of Fado - she was extremely influential in popularizing the fado worldwide. She was also one of the most important figures in the genre's development, and she enjoyed a 50-year recording and stage career.

Amália's performances and choice of repertoire pushed fado's boundaries and helped redefine it and reconfigure it for her and subsequent generations. In effect, Amália wrote the rulebook on what fado could be and on how a female fadista — or fado singer — should perform it, to the extent that she remains an unsurpassable model and an unending source of repertoire for all those who came afterwards.

Amália enjoyed an extensive international career between the 1950s and the 1970s, although in an era where such efforts were not as easily quantified as today.

Amália Rodrigues remains today as Portugal's most famous artist and singer, a woman who was born into a poor family and who grew to become not only Portugal's major star but also an internationally acclaimed artist and singer, whose career spanned half a century of activity, recording songs in several languages (especially Portuguese, Spanish, French, English and Italian), versions of her own songs, most famously 'Coimbra' (April In Portugal), and performing all over the world, achieving tremendous success in countries like France, Italy, Spain, the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Romania, Japan and The Netherlands, among many others.

Her personality and charisma, and her extraordinary timbre of voice, gave depth and intense life to her chant: the impression she made on the public, her immediacy and the natural way she empathized with her public were tremendous and attracted more and more admirers throughout the world. As of her death in 1999 Amália had received more than 40 decorations and honors from all over the world (mostly France, including the Légion d'Honneur, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, Israel and Japan).

She was the main inspiration to other well-known international fado and popular music artists such as Madredeus, Dulce Pontes, and Mariza. 

Tudo isso é fado

Perguntaste-me outro dia
Se eu sabia o que era o fado
Disse-te que não sabia
Tu ficaste admirado
Sem saber o que dizia
Eu menti naquela hora
Disse-te que não sabia
Mas vou-te dizer agora
Almas vencidas
Noites perdidas
Sombras bizarras
Na Mouraria
Canta um rufia
Choram guitarras
Amor ciúme
Cinzas e lume
Dor e pecado
Tudo isto existe
Tudo isto é triste
Tudo isto é fado

Se queres ser o meu senhor
E teres-me sempre a teu lado
Nao me fales só de amor
Fala-me também do fado
E o fado é o meu castigo
Só nasceu pr'a me perder
O fado é tudo o que digo
Mais o que eu não sei dizer.

All this is Fado

The other day, you asked me
whether I knew what fado was
I left you dumbfounded
when I told you I didn't 
I lied to you then
without knowing what I was saying
I told you I didn't know what fado was
But now I do

Defeated souls,
Lost nights,
Bizarre shadows,
At Mouraria
so the pounce sings,
the guitars cry
Jealous love
Dark and light
Pain and sin
All of which exists
All of which is sad
All of which is fado

If you want to be my man,
to have me always by your side
then don't talk to me about love alone
but also, about Fado
Fado is my pain
I was only born to lose myself
Fado is all I have to say
And all that I cannot
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