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music mommas

17 May

i went to this ballet over the weekend, which was kind of great with some less great moments. one great moment was that sonya tayeh was sitting four rows in front of me as one of her choreographed pieces was being featured. she’s just so….cool. like super cool. there is probably a less lame way to express how i feel about her, but it’s like when you were in high school in the early 90s and flannel and combat boots were only being worn by a couple of people. and you’d sit on the steps outside eating your sack lunch, watching them smoke cigarettes thinking to yourself, they’re cool and ballsy. i’m not.

“I am naturally aggressive and I just wanted to challenge them and challenge myself,” said tayeh and yes her pieces are intriguing because they are just that, aggressive. and intense. the music she chooses is so integral to the actual performances that it goes beyond anything i’m used to seeing on stage.  it’s as if it all becomes one giant piece of media art, with dancers, costumes, lighting and music.

when i was a wee lass, i would wish on a star every night that i would become a dancer….that didn’t actually work out. i could just never commit. anyhoodles, so sonja is this amazing, hot, creative performer and more of a dance momma then a music momma, but she’s inspiring today’s post because she used this really intense bjork/astor piazzolla (tango type song) mash up. which was almost difficult to listen to, but also amazing. how is that possible? not sure, but this lady made it happen:

note her bjork shirt. and here’s video of icelandic goddess or as i like to call her the original furrie: