Live music in Ibiza – clubbing????

September 26th, 2007 - 2:10 am Posted in ibiza | Comments (0)

p9253802.jpgTonight the Chinese promotional tour went on the road with a gig in the open air outside the local town hall.

This option is one of the first things that amazed me about living in Ibiza. During my first winter, both a Pink Floyd and a Rolling Stones tribute band performed in a huge marquee on a stage erected on the front door step of the town’s municipal headquarters. And both were excellent. Politicians here have mastered the art of keeping their voters happy – by throwing free, high profile parties for the population on a regular basis.

p9253803.jpgTonight’s event was to be a little more balanced, in a cultural context, than last night’s exhibition of Chinese excellence in the artistic arena. The local Ibicencos were clearly inspired and played a fabulous first half, delving into their unique traditional dance routines, to the accompaniment of male driven maracas, where the female, replete with 17 petticoats, trots in tiny steps to avoid the mock blows of her male suitor.

Overtly sexist, yet sexual in its subtle suggestion of the way things were. ‘Baile’ was the only time when adolescent girls and boys had the opportunity to court, apart from the pleasantries outside church after Mass.

p9253812.jpgThese excuses to dress up and dance for most of the day only arose on fiesta days, which broke up the back breaking monotony of eking survival from the sun baked fields, and goes some way to explaining why Spain has so many…

Today, however, is not an official fiesta. We all went to work, but the dance and romance of an evening out before winter cuts in is still an option – and it’s being taken with both hands tonight…
The second half began with a sceptical, but packed, town square full of your ordinary Ibicencos, who wouldn’t be seen dead ‘hob-nobbing’ it with the local dignitaries at the opening of the new community centre.

After all the town hall square has served the town since it was a tiny village? “What’s all the fuss about a new building that’s not even finished yet – and it’s halfway to Es Canar?”
Those thoughts didn’t last long though as, once again, the stunningly costumed and exquisitely accomplished Chinese ballerinas and gymnasts captivated their audience, while the applause rained down in ever increasing volumes as one act followed another.

p9253822.jpgTheir afternoon spent on the sound check had clearly paid dividends. The sound and lighting crew were clearly far happier with the familiar setting in front of town hall. Last night was excellent, tonight’s superlative we’re still seeking…
The setting was perfect, it didn’t rain, and by the time the town square had cleared, so had the contents of the stalls selling original Chinese trinkets – from paintings to miniature kites, to a variety of tiny decorative bottles impossibly painted on the inside by somebody wielding a feather?

We’re going to miss our Chinese visitors, who have taken over the town this last few days – and, I suspect, generated more interest in their spectacular 5,000 year old culture than any of us could have expected…

Let’s hope that they enjoyed their tiny dose of our culture as much as we enjoyed theirs…

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