Tuesday, October 9, 2007

We all knew birds could sing...

...but not all of us knew what great dancers they are, too!

I wouldn't have believed it possible, but see it right here with your own eyes!

I was just poking around youtube, and saw some other dancing cockatoos. For sheer musicality and choreographic brilliance, none of them can hold a candle to Snowball! He squawks with as much rhythm as he dances. His dance also has a real shape. When the Boys start singing, he steps up the moves. And at the climax of the piece, he lets go with the plumage. Plus that, he knows exactly when the song is over and receives his applause rapturously, as any true artist would.

I don't know of too many opera singers who were equally good dancers. I know Cathy Malfitano trained as a dancer. It's just one of the things that made her Lulu so wonderful. Going back a few years! This was probably the best thing she ever did. Certainly better than her Senta. Not sure that Snowball doesn't surpass her, though I'm not sure he has quite the technical ability to give us a credible Lulu. You never know, though.

But I digress, as happens frequently. I love me some Snowball and I hope you do, too.

I've been missing in action for a while, but I hope to get back on track with my blog entries.

Not making any promises, though, since I hate breaking them.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Will said...

Cecilia Bartoli studied flamenco for many, many years as a teenager. She used to speak wistfully of some day putting Carmen into her repertory and really being able to do both the song AND the dance at the beginning of act 2.

And there was also Rose Bampton. She took a year off and studied with the Martha Graham company. She didn't ever go out as a modern dancer but she said in an interview that it grounded her on use of the stage and of her body in space. Her husband told her it was the best acting training she had ever had.

November 8, 2007 at 6:45 PM  

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