Category Archives: Children’s Entertainment

Water Puppet Performance ~ Top-notch! ~ Captivating!!!

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The following “Water Puppet Show Performance at Thang Long Theatre, Vietnam. Part 1”, published Apr 6, 2014 on Youtube, is definitely a first class performance, when you consider the difficult level of precision and coordination required to overcome the ebb and flow of the water – all very captivating!
There are 3 parts to this performance on Youtube.
THEATREOn our very last day of travel in Vietnam we decided to watch a Water Puppet Show (known locally as Múa rối nước) at Thang Long Theatre in Hanoi, Vietnam… Water puppetry literally refers to puppets that dance on water which is a traditional Vietnamese art that dates back to the eleventh century in northern sections of Vietnam. Water Puppet Performances take place in various locations throughout the country; however, Hanoi has a reputation for being the ‘it’ place to take in the experience.
PUPPETEERSPuppeteers are concealed behind a screen in waist deep water wielding puppets that are made out of wood and then lacquered. Large rods and strings are used by the puppeteers to control them. Thus the puppets appear to be moving over the water. When the rice fields would flood, the villagers would entertain each other using this form of puppet play.

FOLKLOREThe performances are centered chiefly around Vietnamese Folklore with emphasis on traditional ways of life, spirituality, and day to day existence that was passed on from one generation to another; it literally amazes me to think that this performance art form dates back so many years.
The puppets are accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese orchestra that provides background music including the use of bells, cymbals, gongs and flutes. In my opinion, the music is as much an appealing part of the show as the performance itself. MEKONG DELTAAlthough I’ve listened to traditional Vietnamese folk music being played while touring the Mekong Delta, I felt the skill level from these musicians put them in a league of their own…
Water puppetry (Vietnamese: Múa rối nước, lit. “puppets that dance on water”) is a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. Today’s Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition.
RED RIVERMúa rối nước is considered to have originated in the delta of the Red river in Vietnam in the 11th century, and the art remains highly developed today in this country. Some of the earliest troupes were found in the Nguyên Xá commune, Đông Hưng district, Thai Binh province.
RURAL VILLAGEIn ancient Vietnam, the rural Vietnamese believed that spirits controlled all aspect of their lives, from the kitchen to the rice paddies. The Vietnamese devised water puppetry as a way to satisfy these spirits, and as a form of entertainment, using what natural medium they could find in their environment. In ancient times, the ponds and flooded rice paddies after harvest were the stage for these impromptu shows.

This  top-notch performance video is certainly worth sharing!!!

Carrot Clarinet, Musical Treat ~ No Kidding!!!

CARROT CLARINET BEST

The following video, “Carrot clarinet: Linsey Pollak at TEDxSydney 2014″, published on Jun 1, 2014, is absolutely amazing – from concept through making to delivery – an amazing musical performance! Linsey Pollak turns a carrot into a clarinet using an electric drill, a carrot and a saxophone mouthpiece, and plays it all in a matter of 5 minutes.

Linsey Pollak is an Australian musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has recorded 31 albums, toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, North America and Asia as well as performing at most major festivals around Australia.

Linsey has devised many large Festival pieces such as “BimBamBoo” and “Sound Forest”, as well as collaborating on many music and theatre projects around Australia. He established The Multicultural Arts Centre of WA, and has co-ordinated five Cross-cultural Music Ensembles in three different States. Linsey has also worked as a musical instrument maker for 40 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specializing in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe.

I can’t wait to make one or more of these carrot clarinets to impress my grandchildren (and maybe even some of my friends).  I guess I’ll have to keep it in the fridge – no slippery, slimy playing for me!

TEDxSydney is an independently organised event licensed from TED by longtime TEDster, Remo Giuffré (REMO General Store) and organised by his General Thinking network of fellow thinkers and other long time collaborators. TEDxSydney has become the leading platform and pipeline for the propagation of Australian ideas, creativity, innovation and culture to the rest of the world. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 

 

Video Gone Viral ~ Salut Salon ~ charming, sexy, funny, virtuosi!

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MUSIC BULLET 1Video gone viral ~ over 10 million hits!!!MUSIC BULLET 1

The following Youtube video, Salut Salon “Wettstreit zu viert” | “Competitive Foursome”, has had over 10 and a half million hits since mid-February this year!

Antonio Vivaldi’s “Sommer” wird zum Schauplatz eines musikalischen Wettkampfs. Salut Salon fechten ihn akrobatisch aus, und mit viel Humor – ein Klassiker des Hamburger Quartetts. Ein Konzertmitschnitt aus dem Film “Salut Salon. Der Film” von Regisseur Ralf Pleger…(“The Summer”, composed by Antonio Vivaldi, becomes the stage for a musical competition. Salut Salon fight acrobatically and with a special sense of humor — this is a Salut Salon classic, a live recording from the movie “Salut Salon. The Movie”, directed by musicfilmmaker Ralf Pleger).

MUSIC BULLET 1“Charming, sexy, funny and virtuous, so are the members of “Salut Salon”, a string quartet (two violins, cello and piano) of Hamburg.”

MUSIC BULLET 1“Unexpectedly awesome! – Admittedly, when a friend told me that I had to watch this video of a quartet, I thought to myself “how exciting can this possibly be?” Well, I’m glad I watched the video because these four ladies from Germany blew my expectations out of the water! Known as Salut Salon, the quartet are not only great musicians, they are very talented comedians!”

MUSIC BULLET 1“It’s amazing, playful, and wildly creative and original!”

MUSIC BULLET 1“Un grand moment de musique…
Une prouesse technique (si si !!!)…
De l’humour…
Ces femmes sont prodigieuses, vraiment…”
Tr. (A great moment of music … Technical prowess (yes!!) … Of humor … These women are prodigious, really …)

 Hope you all enjoyed watching these amazing musicians.
Have a great weekend everyone.

www.salutsalon.de / https://www.facebook.com/salutsalon

 

 

Cats steal dogs’ beds – funny and adorable!

Time for another fun Friday.
Enjoy and share.
Have a great weekend.

CATS STEAL DOGS' BEDS
Cats do what they want to do and sleep where they want to sleep regardless of who the bed belongs to.
 
Watch what these dogs when they discover the cat has stolen their bed.

The following youtube video “Cats Stealing Dog Beds” was published on 19 Oct 2013by ailaikvis.

Cats love cozying up in small spaces. Cats can also be furry little jerks. So, it’s safe to assume that when a cat decides to sleep in the (much larger) bed of a dog sibling, it’s done purely to screw with the dog.

Sadly, dogs are too polite for confrontation and resort to halfhearted pleas with their feline occupier. On the other hand, it appears as if the cats couldn’t care less.

6TH ANNUAL OTTAWA CHRISTMAS CONCERT and CAROL SING

CONCERT BLOG POSTER

  6th Annual Community Concert & Carol Sing 

 St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church

2400 Alta Vista Drive

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2:00 p.m.

    ~ Presented by ~   

Garth Hampson
Dominic D’Arcy
NorthWinds Brass Quintet
Scola Basilicae
Linda Major
The fiVe Woodwind Quintet
The Emmanubells
St. Tim’s African Chorus
Natalie Harrison, Dominic D’Arcy’s Rising Star
Ainsley Phillips, Dominic D’Arcy’s Rising Star
St. Tim’s Choir

   Come join us for an afternoon of  

Christmas music and carol singing ~

a wonderful way to ‘sing in’ the Advent season

   Refreshments following  

   Free will donations in aid of
            the Heron Emergency Food Centre

   Come Celebrate with us

   Plenty of parking and Handicap accessible.

Six years ago, as Organist and Music Director of St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, I organized our first Christmas Community Concert and Carol Sing in aid of the Heron Emergency Food Centre.
Now I am so pleased to invite you to our ‘6th’ concert this coming Sunday afternoon.

                        Hope to see you there!   

 

ATTR.ACTION ~ FABULOUS BGT SEMI-FINALISTS

ATTRACTION SEMI FINALS

See my blog, “ATTR.ACTION” ~ STUNNING PERFORMANCE! ~ BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT”,  published May 30th, for the first Attr.action performance. 
For their Britain’s Got Talent 2013 semi-final performance, Attr.action depicted a mother giving birth to her son, the son going off to college, getting married, and eventually the mother dies in her son’s arms. At the end, the son’s wife reveals that she is pregnant. The story was based on Zoltán Szűcs’ life story, who dedicated the performance to his late mother

Attr.action’s semi-final routine – including representations of a hospital scene, a safari and a power ballad – reduced the BGT judges to tears once again.

Here are just a few of the judges comments ~
“I know the show is Britain’s Got Talent and you’re not from Britain, but I’m honoured you chose the show to showcase your talent.”

“It’s remarkable how something simple and beautiful can strike at your heart.”
“It’s quite simply the most beautiful thing we’ve ever seen.”


Incredible talent and a very moving story.  I hope you enjoy both performances as much as I did – please share.  Thanks!

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL ~ TEAM SHOWBOAT ~ “UNDER THE BIG TOP”

 DRAGON BOAT 2013

DRAGON CUTE GIMPYouTube promotional video for Ottawa‘s upcoming 20th annual Dragon Boat Festival – June 22-24, 2013, published on Jun 7, 2012 by CTVOttawaMorningLiveA dragon boat comes rowing down the street outside of the CTV Morning Live studio, so Jeff Hopper heads out to chat with them!

TEAMThe Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, now North America’s largest festival, began in 1994. Four years later, a charitable component was added to raise funds for local charities. To date, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation has raised over $2.5 million for local charities.

SHOW BOAT LOGOFor several years, under several different names, the members of Showboat have pledged and paddled in the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival.  Sponsored by the Chinatown BIA, Showboat, under the direction of Rick Martin, Kevin Reichstein, Mealanie St. Jean and Stephanie Mayer, consists of 20 paddlers, a few alternates, a steersperson and a drummer. This dynamic Dragon Boat team draws a lot of attention, year after year, as the whole day is spent in themed costumes – obviously this year’s theme is “Under The Big Top”.

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​The vast majority of the teams attending the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival are there for competitive reasons, paddling in various heats in a quest for medals.  Chinatown’s Showboat concentrates on fundraising activities throughout the year to support charities that benefit from the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation.  So far this year Team Showboat has already raised $17,000 in fundraising events such as:

Karaoke Night KARAOKE

Zumba in the park  ZUMBA2

Great Glebe Garage Sale  GLEBE GARAGE SALE

VIP Gala Launch Party        9441VIP GALA LAUNCH PARTY

Drawing from the immense talent that exists in the community, events at various venues around town and the generosity of many Showboat supporters, the team has raised considerable funds. Since 2005, the team raised $82,752.38.

For 2005 through 2007 and again in 2010, the team was recognized by the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival through the Team Spirit Cup award.

I just had to include the following inspirational video I found on YouTube, “Must Watch Dragon Boat Clip!!!”, taken from various dragon boat events in Singapore.  This video was created to show that the sport, dragon boating, is not just about training hard to win, but to enjoy and embrace all the elements that it encompasses ~ Love ~ Pride ~ Unity ~

KAYAK PADDLEGIMPICONDip, dip and swing your paddles

              Flashing with silver

              Follow the wild goose flight

            Dip, dip and swing…

Good luck Team Showboat!KAYAK PADDLEGIMPICON