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Daily Archives: May 30, 2008

China, Taiwan agree to resume talks within two weeks


by Karl Malakunas*
China and Taiwan announced yesterday
they would quickly resume talks
that have been suspended for more
than a decade, in the latest sign of a dramatic
thaw in tensions between the rivals. 

Feeling Art, Feeling Life

Sample ImageThe culmination of the XIX Macau Arts Festival will take place tonight at the Grand Auditorium of the Macao Cultural Centre, with the last but far from least, emotional and touching performance by the Spanish dance group Nuevo Ballet Español, a company which in “Sangre Flamenca” combines traditional Flamengo with contemporary dance.
In 2000, the group was distinguished with the UP Award for best Spanish Flamengo company, and its founders and directors, Carlos Rodriguez and Angel Rojas, won the Vila de Madrid Pilar Lopez Award for best dance interpreters, putting the company on the “spot” for modern Spanish dance performance.
Two years ago, the company performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, with the opening dance “Directos,” where gender is de-emphasised, drawing the audience's attention to synchronised arm and hand movements by using dim light and having the nine cast members wear black clothing.
Also performed at the time, the duets, "Horizontes," "Lunaticos," and "Mahera" included expressive dancing, brisk, rhythmic footwork and clapping.
The two solo pieces "Siento" and "De Corazon" performed by the principal dancers, Carlos Rodriguez and Angel Rojas, brought down the house with their exceptional zapateado, the extremely fast, energetic and precise foot taps, characteristic of traditional flamenco, and is expected to do the same in Macau.
The XIX Macau Arts Festival ran from May 1 and ends tonight, saying goodbye until next year with an emotional finale.
During the festival Macau hosted performances from all over the world, including Israel, India, Holland, Spain and South Korea, to Portugal and Mongolia, not to mention local acts.