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How to Enjoy London Summer Olympic 2012

オリンピックが始まって3日。英メディアが絶賛していた開会式は、イギリスを代表する舞踏家・Akram Khan(アクラム・カーン)が振り付けを担当したダンス以外、私的には期待外れだった。イギリスの歴史の一部やNHSがテーマの部分は、イギリスをよく知る人以外には少し難しい内容だったし、イギリス人が世界に誇る(と信じている)ものを取りあえずぶち込んだという感じで、全体的にまとまりがなかったように思ったのは私だけか。

始まる前はオリンピックにはあまり興味がなかったのに、見始めたらハマってしまった。同時進行的に開催される試合の中から、見たい試合を探すのに便利なサイトが、オリンピック公式ウェブサイト。左上の「Schedule & Results」をクリックすると、その日行われる全試合のスケジュールが網羅され、競技名をクリックするとタイムリーに結果がわかる。

Day 3 of London Summer Olympic. The opening ceremony was a bit of a disappointment for me except the performance of the British acclaimed dancer Akram Khan, despite British media bragged about it. Some of the British history and NHS part were a bit difficult to understand for foreigners who don’t know much about UK, and I felt like it was a bit of a mess and confusing, by putting all the “best of British” that British believe that everyone in the world knows.

I was not so keen on Olympics before it started, but now I am into it since I started to see the games. There are many games taking place simultaneously everyday, so I check London 2012 official site to search schedule of the games I want to see. The “Schedule & Results” page shows all the games of the day, and you can know a live result by clicking each sport.


BBC Olympic site is also useful, as it shows all the schedules, results and medals, though it focuses more on British athletes.

サイト中の「LIVE」をクリックすると、開催中の試合がライブで見られ、ページの下の「Catch Up」で、全てではないけれど見逃した試合も見られる。

You can see a live game online by clicking ‘live’, and also a game you miss, though there may be not all of them, with “Catch up” at the bottom of the page.

Confluence: Akram Khan & Nitin Sawhney @ Sadler’s Wells

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ダンスがメインの劇場、Sadler’s Wells Theatre(サドラーズ・ウェルズ劇場)で開催中のSvapnagata Festivalの演目、「Akram Khan & Nitin Sawhney: Confluence」を見た。友人が、一緒に見る予定だった人が突然来れなくなったというので、講演の前日に誘ってくれたのだ。前から数列目と言うとても良い席で、パフォーマンスを目の当たりにできた。

Svapnagata(サンスクリット語で「Dreaming(夢見ている)」の意) Festivalは、2週間に及ぶインド音楽とダンスのフェスティバル。Confluence(26〜28日)はそのトリを務める公演で、世界初演となる。Confluence(合流、群衆、集合)は、Zero Degreesゼロ度・2005年)やBahok(バホーク・2008年)でも共作した、バングラデシュ系イギリス人のダンサー/振付師であるAkram Khanアクラム・カーン)とインド系イギリス人の作曲家・Nitin Sawhneyニティン・ソーニー)がコラボ。彼らのルーツである南アジアの文化的・精神的影響を探る作品だ。


I went to see “Akram Khan & Nitin Sawhney: Confluence“, a part of Svapnagata (meaning ‘dreaming’ in Sanskrit) Festival, two-week festival of Indian music and dance, at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre which specialises in dance. My friend asked me to join her the day before, as she got a spare ticket because her friend couldn’t make it. She got great seats which were only few rows away from the stage and we could see the performance up close.

Confluence (Nov 26 to 28), which was the festival’s climaxes and its world premiere, is a joint creation by Bangladeshi-British dancer/choreographer Akram Khan and Indian British composer Nitin Sawhney, who also previously collaborated in Zero Degrees and Bahok. In Confluence, Khan and Sawhney explore their cultural and psychological mix of influences.

I went to see Zero Degrees at the Sadler’s Wells because British Artist Antony Gormley was also involved in the creation, and it was my first experience with Khan’s mesmerizing dance. Khan, also a dancer of Northern Indian classical dance Kathak, showed us his elastic but powerful dance, streaming hand movements, stable high-speed turns, and beautiful steps of Kathak and the sound of the bells worn around his ankles, and these perfectly matched with Sawhney’s beautiful music on its simple stage. The scenes that silhouettes of musicians who were playing behind the screen came to dimly appear through the thin screen was pretty mysterious. It was a stunning performance which mixed classical Indian dance / contemporary dance and traditional music / modern music, and excited the audiences. I wish the performance was a bit longer (it was only 1 hour and 15 min)!

photo: Morley von Sternburg

photo: Morley von Sternburg

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