This year, our wonderful (and the newest Member to join Antaresia Tribal, woohoo!), Elise, Produced a 3 and a half HOUR extravaganza called the "Raqborum Fiscobus!" presented by The Gilded Mask!
*Phew* I'm tired just talking about it!
With so much to do, (and hot of the heels of some incredibly important events outside of the troupe towards the end of last year) we decided that instead of creating new pieces for the show, we would devote our energy nailing existing pieces, rather than spending that time also creating a new choreograpies.
By performing a fun 20's inspired piece that we've had "in the kitty" so to speak already, as well as learning two new challenging pieces from artists we truly admire, we were able to make the most of our time.
Boy in the Boat is a super fun and cheeky, light hearted piece, choreographed by Antonia and inspired by The Indigo, in the days of old.
It has loads of character, and is one of our favorite pieces to bust out for a gig.
A speedy costume change and we were into our "Mardi Tribute" set, which comprises of two choreographies that we learned from the spellbinding Mardi Love. These where taught by Mardi at the recent mini intensive in Melboure, in November of 2016 (hosted by our very own Amanda of Tribal Fiend, with much support from Brigid (Antaresia) and Semra creator Ma'isah!)
The first was a funky and and slightly folklore-ish piece with some challenging Zill patterns. For those of us in this piece - whose performing with zills thus far, extended only as far as a standard Gallop done during ATS - this was a delightful challenge and required lots of hard work.
(performing with zills at a festival such as rainbow presents it's own unique challenges, but that's a whole other blog post ;) )
I, for one, feel like I grew so much in my skill levels with Zills, after learning this challenging little ditty!
We respectfully tweaked it a little to suit our needs and formations and added a little ATS at the start which worked wonderfully.
The next installment in our "Mardi Tribute" was her Moroccan Wedding choreography, which you can see in the "Mardi Love and Friends" video right here at about 5:25.
So fast paced! So much fun! So many spins! (27 spins in the space of about 2:15 minutes! Eeeeesh!)
Mardi maintains that this performance is best done with a group of dancers, both because it packs so much more of a punch and because it is so damn fun, and best shared with friends. We loved it!
Mardi has such a fantastic and fun way of teaching that really sticks, and the ability to make things that are complex look so relaxed and easy, it was so amazing to be able to perform a piece we learned from her only so recently.
One final whirlwind costume change later and the last piece we presented and the closing piece for the whole show, was a choreography by Zoe Jakes set to Beats Antique's "Veil of Tears", which we learned from Datura Online.
I think it's fair to say that we all found this piece super challenging in it's technique, complexity, fancy footwork and speed. But it definitely made us all grow as dancers.
Being able to learn it on Datura Online was fantastic, as it allowed us to each be able to work on it in our own time and each of us noticed different nuances which we shared together when rehearsing as a group.
We found that the best way for us to navigate this was by appointing a "director" for the piece, who's job it was to learn the piece inside and out and break down any tricky bits that anyone was struggling with, as well a give us feedback on placement, angles and little details like that, to get us looking uniform and tight.
It was a fantastic piece to perform and excellent as a closing piece for the show. While the audience most likely didn't appreciate the full complexity and the technical aspect of all of the moves, it's definitely a crowd pleaser, with it's slow build, and super fast paced, dramatic ending. Such a pleasure to dance it at Rainbow!
Despite the dust and the heat of a mid afternoon performance in an Australian summertime, performing in what can be a somewhat difficult environment (because of the aforementioned heat and dust) with numerous costume changes, this was such a wonderful event to be a part of.
Performing at Rainbow Serpent has become somewhat of a tradition for the ladies of Antaresia - and one that we look forwards to continuing.
See you there next year!!
Love and Shimmies