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[Flamenco - Compania Maria Pages ; Film Review - "Perfume" ; HongKong's piratical past in art] (30 Jan 2007)


The oldest written mention of flamenco culture dates back to 1774, but it's definitely much older than that. It mixes elements from gypsy, Moorish, Andalucian, and even Jewish culture. One of the world's leading bailaoras and choreographers, Maria Pages, is mixing in even more elements. She was her with her dance company last week. We caught up with her at rehearsals. Patrick Suskind's "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" is a rare phenomenon, a contemporary German novel that has become an international best seller. It was published in 1985, and sold more than 15 million copies in a number of languages. Now the movie's here, directed by Tom Tykwer, and – like the book – it shows a somewhat homicidal approach to the idea of the "Scent of A Woman". Gary Pollard reviews it. The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is currently displaying an exhibition called "Piracy and the World of Zhang Baoazai". Pirates tried to keep their activities secret, so there isn't an awful lot of information about what they got up to, particularly as far back as the Qing Dynasty. But there are artworks that give us at least one perspective on their activities.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
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