Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Queen Vashti (AKA 'Why wear normal clothes when you can wear Aladdin trousers?')

The link to this video was sent to me a couple of days ago. It's a recording of a dance performance I took part in a few weeks ago at a theatre in Oxford. My improvised solo is last, but watch it all the way through! Sadly, the quality doesn't allow for some of the more intricate movements (smaller shimmies layered over other movements, etc) to be particularly visible, but you get the general gist of the prancing.

The track is called 'Vashti' and is a bit of a feminist feast - Queen Vashti features in the book of Esther in the Bible and is most noted for her refusal to appear at the King's banquet (other interpretations say she refused to dance for the drunken king's entertainment there), choosing instead to host her own party for the women on the same day. She was subsequently banished, and lost her status as queen (she was succeeded by Esther, who was presumably more obedient).