Schwestern of Luxembourg. Troupe member's include:
Alexandra Dietze, Alice Andersson, Trixy Mehlinger,
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the “ heart of Europe”, is a very small country nested between
France, Belgium, and Germany. The people speak French and
their own German related language. The capital city of the same
name is extremely picturesque maintaining many structures hundreds
of years old.
Mehlinger, whom we met at the festival in St. Chartier,
France hosted the workshop for us. She directs a dance troupe
called Salomes Schwestern. Participants included
two dancers from nearby Treves, the oldest town in Germany, who
asked us to come and perform in an ancient Roman bath house now
used for shows and concerts.
consisted of mostly the same material we taught in Ireland
main difference being a total lack of percussionists so the focus
was entirely on the rhythms, zaghat and choreography.
were impressed by the focus and dedication of the dancers to take
on new information and make it their own.
was extremely educational for us to watch the learning process
in three very diverse regions. It is also very difficult
to not fall into stereotypes in describing the process.
From the Irish participants who have been somewhat isolated in
information with a complete willingness to experiment, take chances,
and do it with joy,
to the dancers
and drummers of Catalon who seem like they are being reminded
of something they innately knew, and finally to the dancers we
taught in Luxembourg who are more analytical in their approach.
there were exceptions in every case. Here in the States
you will find the same type of similarities and differences usually
happening all at once. The important thing is the outcome and
we found a high level of artistry and dedication everywhere. People
are into learning and getting better… just like us.
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musicians will be conducting a series of rhythm/music workshops
in Ireland, Spain and Luxembourg this April.
Making New Musical Inroads
in France and Ireland by Mark and Ling Shien Bell
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