woensdag 6 november 2013
Baltic Ballet Group and Depeche Mode
The music, once I got used to the bad sound arenas always have, was powerful. What I noticed, is that the songs of Depeche Mode, songs that I mostly ignored for the past 30 years, haven't aged at all. They are harsh, hard, shocking and, well, modern. Not that I liked all of them particularly. (Where was its biggest hit in The Netherlands, by the way?) I can hear 'Personal Jesus' and 'Enjoy the silence' anytime. They were there. 'Everything counts' wasn't. Together with the live version of 'I just can't get enough' you have my four Depeche Mode songs all together. That's it basically. Having said that, in this ambiance it worked.
As far as I've seen ballet on tv or something, the people dancing on stage tonight all had the moves and the turning around and throwing the girls up in the air. Still, I liked it. So is it the accompanying music? It seems like it. The dancing is skillful, for certain. The people doing it beyond "normal", i.e. your average person. Skinny, in control of their limbs and muscles, strong, muscular. Not attractive to me, but very graceful none the same.
Let me leave this experience as just that: an experience that I was subjected to and liked in these circumstances, surprise and all. What was it? Non-sexual, android and ???? dancing? All true, including zombie dancing. Modern I supposed, but well drafted out of an ancient tradition of dancing techniques, I'd say. The modern thing being the accompanying music. By a band that is around for more than 30 years in 2013. That is a long time by most standards. There remains one question: Will Depeche Mode record a Anton Corbijn video with the Baltic Ballet Group? That would be true recognition and deservedly so!
If you like more information on the Baltic Ballet group, click here.