The Oslo Opera is and the surrounding area is, as you’ve probably noticed, one of my favourite places to take photos. I think the building itself is very nice and there’s also a lot of interesting photo opportunities in the neighborhood. On top of that it’s also in proximity to where I live and I’ve helped to build the Opera House (I worked in construction at the time).
Oooh, The Treachery of Images (La trahison des images). I love it when I get to pretend that I’m a bit of an intellectual. René, this one is for you!
Jeg var på Cirque Du Soleil’s show Alegria i Oslo Spektrum i går.
Showet var ok, men det var endel ting som var skuffende og som gjorde at jeg følte det ikke var verdt prisen.
Artistene i Cirque Du Soleil har en del interaksjoner med publimkum, men dette gjaldt kun de som satt på venstre side av salen (når man ser mot scenen) og de som satt foran scenen. Vi som satt i høyre del av salen fikk ikke ta del i dette, selv om vi også har betalt i dyre dommer for billettene våre og satt av tid for å komme på showet.
Oppbyggingen av scenen var ikke heldig: setene er rettet fremover, mens selve scenen var plassert langt mot venstre. Alle som satt på høyre side av salen måtte derfor sitte og vri seg mot venstre i de timene forestillingen varte. Ganske ubehagelig etterhvert.
Forestillingen ellers var bra, selv om det også i denne forestillingen var litt for mye klovneri og litt for lite akrobatikk. Kostymene så bra ut, ihvertfall på avstand (tips: ta med deg kikkert dersom du skal se en av deres forestillinger fredag 01.03. eller lørdag 02.03).
I det hele vil jeg si at showet ikke var verdt pengene, men du får sikkert et annet svar om du spør noen som satt i den andre enden av salen eller like foran scenen.
En ting er sikkert, akrobatikken satt som spikret, bortsett fra en liten blemme som du ser i det første klippet.
Blooper at Cirque Du Soleil’s overpriced show Alegria in Oslo Spektrum.
It was a nice show, but the seats we had were not worth the price and the entertainers only communicated with the audience in front of the stage and to the left of the stage. They hardly ever communicated with the people on the other side of the stage. Extremely annoying, because we’ve also paid a lot of money for our tickets and took our time to come see their show as well.
Another thing: Our seats was facing forwards, while the front of the stage was turned away from us – far over on the left side, so we had to sit in a twisted position during the whole show (and this was after I went down to the ticket office to make sure we got some good seats so we didn’t end up being screwed like last time!)
Except from these things, the show was decent: a lot of clowns and some acrobatics. The costumes looked good, but from where we sat I can’t really say much about them. If you’re going to see one of their shows tonight or tomorrow and your seat isn’t right in front of the stage I suggest that you bring your binoculars.
P.S. Sorry for the poor quality in these clips, but Canon Ixus 130 is not a good camera in such light conditions (I also apologize for the shaking in the 30 first seconds of one of the clips).
The enchanting circus Cirque du Soleil is returning to town! This will be Cirque du Soleil’s third show in Norway: they performed their show Delirium in 2007 and sold out both nights in Oslo Spektrum. The second time around they had extended their stay and performed Saltimbanco during 4 nights in October 2009 (I believe they also had one or two shows during daytime during the weekend). Now they are returning again with Alegria in the end of February/beginning of March 2013.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
«Cirque du Soleil (“Circus of the Sun”) is a Canadian entertainment company, self-described as a “dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment.” Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and located in the inner-city area of Saint-Michel, it was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix. Cirque du Soleil put a lot of work into the music, props, costumes and choreography in every production.» (Wikipedia)
File sharing and Delirium
In 2007, I totally surprised my wife with Cirque du Soleil’s show “Delirium” at a scene called Oslo Spektrum. She had no idea what we were going to see before we were sitting in our seats! The tickets were costly, but her reaction was priceless!
A year or two prior to the show we had downloaded some torrents/DVDs with Circque du Soleil from www.ThePirateBay.org, so we gladly paid the price to see them live. Actually, if it weren’t for the torrents that I downloaded, there’s a possibility that we wouldn’t have known about them or bothered to spend a lot of money to see their show live.
The first time around the price was 600 (Norwegian kroner) per ticket (1200 for both), the second time we decided to sit closer to the stage and paid 2000 all together. This turned out to be a bad idea and NOT worth the extra money. Why? We sat on the fourth row from the stage, which is pretty close, but when you’re this close to the stage your seat is placed on the flat concrete floor. It’s just fucking annoying, especially when there’s a tall woman in front of you on row 3, with a kid on her lap. You don’t want to pay thousands to stare in the back of some random womans head (after all you can do this every morning nearly for free as you’re commuting to work). Luckily, there were some available seats on row 5 (which is elevated) and ironically the cheaper tickets had a better view, so we moved over as soon as there was a break (kind of like the Favelas in Brazil and the slums of Peshavar, were the poor people have the best view).
Sitting on fourth row reminded me of some tragic, Norwegian Village Cinema were you sit on foldable chairs on a flat floor in the gym of the local primary school or something like that.
So, if you’re planning to go see the next show in Oslo Spektrum and you don’t like to stretch your neck for two hours: make sure you don’t get tickets on the 3rd or 4th row!
Note: When we bought tickets for the show in 2013 I noticed that the ticket system for Oslo Spektrum had been changed – now it wasn’t possible to pick your seats from a digital map (like you used to be able to do, and like you can do at all the cinemas), so to make sure we didn’t end up on the floor, I went down to the ticket office, got my tickets and told the guy that their new system sucked ass & balls – He totally agreed.
For this next show (Alegria) we paid 1310 for two tickets, so all in all we’ve spent 4510 NKR (1200+2000+1310) thanks to The Pirate Bay.
I no longer remember the details from the previous shows – I only remember that is was fucking awesome! According to my own notes and after having refreshed my memory via the internet, I can reproduce some of the impressions and facts of Delirium in 2007: Delirium was a show that was based on multimedia and the theatrical parts consisted of remixes of existing Cirque du Soleil’s music and performances. The show was choreographed by Mia Michaels (who you may remember as a judge on the U.S. TV show «So You Think You Can Dance»?
Unlike other Cirque du Soleil shows where the musicians are on stage but largely out of sight, the musicians in Delirium played an active role in the show.
Unfortunately, the music wasn’t as mysterious and captivating as it tends to be in their shows, but this is probably due to the fact that the music consisted of remixes. They had also added vocals to some of the music – not a very good choice if you ask me.
The music plays continuously during Cirque du Soleil’s shows, and helps to create and reinforce the magic and drama that so often occurs. The acrobatics are – more often than not – breathtaking, and if you during the show take a sneak peek at some of the other viewers, you’ll most likely see wide-open eyes and mouths. That’s how impressive these shows are!
Saltimbanco – to jump on a bench
Here’s a clip from Saltimbanco:
Delirium was, as mentioned, more music-based than the other shows of Cirque du Soleil where you usually follow a story from beginning to end and where the narrative plays a greater role than the choreography. Saltimbanco comes from the Italian “saltare in banco” which, according to rumors, means: “to jump on a bench”.
Saltimbanco explores the urban and its myriad forms: the people who live there, their distinctiveness and equality, families and groups, the hustle and bustle of the streets and the stupendous height of skyscrapers. When it comes to busy streets and skyscrapers, the citizens of Oslo will have to rely on their memories from a trip abroad, or their imagination, because you won’t find any of these in Oslo: ‘Trygge Oslo, stygge Oslo’ (‘safe Oslo, ugly Oslo’) like the Norwegian musician, junkie, alcoholic and poet named Jokke once said.
After Saltimbanco, my wife said that she thought: «it was fine. The previous show had more effects and was more fascinating, but this show was very colorful and humorous. The thing I like about Cirque du Soleil is that every show is different and surprising».
My opinion is that Saltimbanco lacked the great acrobatics I associate with Cirque du Soleil, but the acrobatics that were in the show was performed well. The scene in Oslo Spektrum is also a bit too small for any major stunts.
Particularly I enjoyed the part with the balancing bike, and the part where they used a swing to jump and bounce of each other. Also the part where two men balanced on each other. The costumes were artistic, colorful and bright, but I couldn’t catch the story of the show (was there even a story to it? – According to some stuff I read Saltimbanco was supposed to:
«take the spectators on an allegorical and acrobatic journey into the heart of the city by means of a visual vocabulary and baroque, eclectic characters – an imaginary city where diversity represents hope»
Where the hell did the publicist come up with such bullshit? And why didn’t anyone stop him…? Also, on the negative side: the show had too much pantomime – probably hilarious if you’re 5 years old or a retard.
Anyway, even with the negative things that I’ve mentioned, both the shows have been worth the money: the acrobatics, the costumes, the music, the dancing – it’s all enchanting and hypnotic!
The best thing about the circus is perhaps the fact that no animals are being harassed and forced to do unnatural things. There’s no animals in their shows, only people. Highly skilled and trained people.
If you ever get the chance: go see Cirque Du Soleil – I’m already looking forward to see their show Alegria.
You can check them out on their website:
http://www.cirquedusoleil.com (warning: flash-based website)
or look them up on YouTube or Wikipedia.
Swans, genus Cygnus, are birds of the family Anatidae, which also includes geese and ducks. This one is a pretty big…swan?
According to Wikipedia:
«Swans feed in the water and on land. They are almost entirely herbivorous, although they may eat small amounts of aquatic animals. In the water food is obtained by up-ending or dabbling, and their diet is composed of the roots, tubers, stems and leaves of aquatic and submerged plants.»
«Although swans only reach sexual maturity between 4 and 7 years of age, they can form socially monogamous pair bonds from as early as 20 months that last for many years, and in some cases these can last for life.»
More big posts here:
EDIT: Can someone please ask Sara Rosso why my pingback and comments doesn’t appear on the dailypost-site? As you can see above, I’ve already linked to http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/weekly-photo-challenge-big/ but there’s no pingback and the comment I wrote there isn’t visible.. (I could have asked her myself if my comments appeared…)
Played around some more with the digital drawing board and made this retro looking ad. They say that advertising is all about sex…
As you can see I’m still getting used to my digital drawing board. The lines are a bit all over the place…
- Back to the drawing board (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
My headline can be a bit misleading, as he is technically not a God – only a deity, but here you have him: the most popular depiction of religious superheroes among the interior decorators of the world! It’s none other than Buddha himself!
Buddha: Technically not a God, but as close as one can get to ever being one (according to some people).
This is the sequel of the post Tel Aviv Street Art 01, which was a bunch of graffiti from the Yafo area in Tel Aviv.
Here’s more graffiti from Tel Aviv, but this is from an area near Rothschild.
I know that most of you like graffiti. In Tel Aviv there are lots of it. Most of these are shot near Yafo.
“Hands can be instrumental in a photo – they emphasis, they hide, they reveal.
Share a picture that has a HAND in it with everyone!” – WordPress.
- The History of Tattoo Part 1: Polynesia & New Zealand (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
- Photos of Tattoos Wanted (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
- Manicure Hands (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Hands (perzpective.com)
These two photos are heavily photoshopped. The first photo is not one, but two images combined together, and on both of them the background has been tampered with. I shot these some years ago when I was hired to do some shooting for a film festival called Bollywood Filmfest in Oslo.
This week WordPress wants us to: “Share a picture that means UNUSUAL to you!” So, I decided to present my readers to the Norwegian Saami artist Gjert Rognli. It’s not an understatement to claim that Gjert Rognli’s art is unusual: unusual & original, just like the artist himself. Here’s a short presentation and some of his photos:
Around the world in one day! Here are some photos from the annual photo & travel exhibition at Lillestrøm, Norway. This exhibition is a combined photo & travel exhibition which this year took place between 02-04 of March 2012. Previous years it has been arranged in January.
I’ve already posted a picture for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, but I also felt like sharing this painting that I painted during the rainy season in Nepal back in 2005. It’s really about indulging, on many different levels, and it’s not subtle about it either!
I did some research for a photo project I’m planning, which means I had to take a few test shots. Here’s one of them:
For this project I’ll might need some artificial lighting, but the finished result is supposed to be dark, so too much light will ruin the atmosphere.
The light depends on which direction I’ll end up shooting. This photo is shot in the darkest end of the building, using only natural light, but when I’ll arrange the photo shoot we might end up photographing in the brighter end as well.
The plan was to finish this project today, but I need a helping hand and my friend was busy so it got postponed.
Stay tuned for more!
Another week, another weekly photo challenge: self-portrait is the challenge this week. Technically this is a painting and not a photo, but as long as it is a photo of a painting, I guess that makes it OK to post this one for the Weekly Photo Challenge?
As some of you might know I’ve already written a post about the Norwegian Stave Church Høre. In my previous post you’ll find some general information regarding stave churches (and of course also about Høre), so if you’re interested in the subject you’ll hopefully find that post useful. First of all: Hedalen stave church can easily be confused with the similar named Heddal stave church, but these are two different stave churches and accoring to Captain Obvious they are to be found on separate locations. Hedalen stave church, which this post is about, is located in Sør-Aurdal, Valdres – in proximity to the main road called E16.
I’ve already posted a picture from a violent demonstration for the weekly photo challenge this week, but the picture I posted was from my back-catalog and a few years old, so this morning I figured I’d grab the camera and head out for a fresh photo shoot.
I guess this part of America’s history is well-known by most people as it has been portrayed in a great number of movies (The Untouchables, Al Capone, etc) and tv-series, recently in the award-winning HBO-show Boardwalk Empire (which is based on the real life of Enoch Lewis “Nucky” Johnson). The era known as the Prohibition started in 1920 when the 18th Amendment banned the sale, transportation and manufacture of alcohol in America, and it lasted until 1933 when it all came to an end with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment.
I’ve started stalking this blog (stalking sounds more fun & more creepy than following…) – latebloomerbuds.wordpress.com – and she wrote a post about her workspace called “Where I create”.
Her post is inspired by some women’s magazine where the readers gets the opportunity to get an insight into the studios & workspaces of female, high-profile artists (“regular” artists and craft divas from all over the world are featured as well). So, I figured: maybe I’ll write about my workspace?
This is how he looked like, Jesus of Nazareth, according to the picture hanging in the church of the Ethiopian Christians in the eternal capital of the Holy Land: Jesus was black (finally this puzzle is solved). Right next to Black-Jesus there’s a picture of white-Jesus (perhaps we are more accustomed to seeing him pictured this way?), (more…)