Monday, August 07, 2006
One Down, Six To Go
Folklorama day one is over and it went off pretty much without a hitch. The venue, Sisler High School seems to have many advantages to Tec Voc, the biggest difference being air conditioning. Granted it wasn't exactly scorching or the high humidity it was a week ago, but it was cool, comfortable and I'm sure it will stay that way the rest of the week. The other major advantage is the fact you can eat, drink and enjoy the show all in one room. I know when I visit a Pavilion I find when the food and entertainment are in two different rooms, it always feels rushed and frenzied. You have to find somewhere to sit twice and particularly at the first show (6:45), the food lines are endless.
Despite the uncertainty of the Entertainment schedule, the main stage show went surprisingly smooth. It especially helps having Chris our sound and lighting guy for his 4th year, because he knows how the show flows and he knows the performers and their pieces. The show itself always seems to revolve around Hinode Taiko, which in some ways may be why certain people attend this Pavilion. I personally enjoy the dance groups, tonight the Aurora dance group performed two pieces while "the man-dance" with Shig Saito (also a member of Hinode) along with Sumi and Mitch (of Aurora), did a collaborative number with Taiko. This was a new piece that worked beautifully as the music and Taiko's beat complimented each other quite well.
Another pleasant surprise was singer Brent Hirose's strong vocal stylings who seemed to hit all the right notes. Once he abandons his Japanese lyric cheat sheet, I'm sure his confidence will soar and will allow him to showcase his full potential. The multi-talented Hirose is coming off performing at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in no less than 3 plays, his one-man play, "Jesus Christ, I'm Sorry" was a best of Fringe Play.
It's a long week, so it's no reason to celebrate yet, in the upcoming days I will try to profile more of the performers at the Japanese Pavilion for Folklorama.