Saturday, May 30, 2009

What In The Devil...

is going on here? I won't even pretend I can explain this to you. Last night I followed this Afro-Peruvian Dance of the Devils Parade in White Center. No, it did not draw huge crowds; I doubt that there were more than 25 people who followed the parade (and most of us with cameras) and 50 or less at the Cafe afterwards to enjoy this wonderful international music. Some of the performers had just arrived from Lima, Peru. It began and ended at Cafe Rozellas and there the musicians and dancers performed more music, singing and extraordinary dance for us. The music was very lively with lots of percussion; jawbones and little wooden boxes on straps worn around the musician's neck. The boxes had lids they opened and closed as they struck the sides with a wooden stick. My favorite dancing was the street dancing from the coast of Peru which is a little like impromptu soft shoe tap dancing (although I have no photos of this because my memory card was full). Each dancer tried to 'out step' the previous dancer. They were very energetic and their facial expressions added humor to the competitive nature of the dancing. They were clearly enjoying themselves and so did the audience.


10 comments:

Anna Rae said...

Only in White Center! I wish you had posted a video!

Anonymous said...

Very unique. Tanner has a jaw bone from a deer? that Jeff gave him maybe he could learn to play it:) Lisa

Lynn said...

Interesting....kind of cool, kind of creepy masks. The woman violinist is beautiful!!

Teresa said...

AR: The White Center blog and Cafe Rozella blog both have videos of the Devils Parade.

Lisa: Tell Tanner to start practicing! (;

Lynn: The masks WERE a bit unsettling. It took me a long time to get a full face photo of the main devil. He would look in my direction and I would just freeze up and forget that I wanted to snap a picture. None of the little kids cried although he made a couple of them jump!

charlabob said...

Thank you so much for this entry -- (I found your site through the west seattle blog.) A friend told me about the event -- too late for me to get there. Next year!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Something we will never, ever see in Winnebago, Illinois. No street dancing or street celebrations of any kind here. LOL, we are a repressed community.
Marnie

Jesse said...

Just what I thought; once again the people of Seattle come together to worship the devil. Liberals!

Teresa said...

That comment must be from Jesse of the 48th and rampantly Republican state.

Anonymous said...

Interesting but indeed a bit scary. I think of how some of our grandkids don't even like the clowns in our little bedroom, even Molly?
I'm sure I would be there if possible.
Mom

Teresa said...

What? Molly too? That ninny!