Jan 29

Tweetup and Tono

by Sophy Kors · 2 comments

I was standing in line for a coffee and heard what is by now a familiar refrain, “Calgary has no culture, no art, nothing to do,” from a guy (a Torontonian as it turns out) talking to a friend in line behind me.  As I had just spent the better part of a day reading posts about the High Performance Rodeo I couldn’t help but turn around and say (in a non-creepy way) that he should check out hprodeo.ca, a month-long festival that brings together different arts right here in Calgary.  He looked a little surprised by my friendliness (being helpful, not creepy I swear) and then … “Thanks”.

There is culture and art and great things to do in Calgary , but sometimes you have to look for them.  My Thursday night proved to me the variety you can find even when you’re not looking, just being open to suggestions.

My night started at Flames Central for #yyc4Haiti. This amazing event came out of Twitter, a few dedicated individuals (@C_Dig, @alex_ruiz, @that_angela) to organize it and a community eager to do whatever they could to help.  It was a great example of what #yyc (Calgary in Twitterspeak) is capable of and the willingness of the community to work together.  I can’t think of the last time I saw so many different people come together in such a short space of time to put together such a great event.  Who knew that hockey and Bollywood could blend so well?

Next, I was off to Tono, part of the High Performance Rodeo.  Now, if you’ve read this blog for a bit, or poke around a bit afterwards, you’ll notice quite a bit of HPR coverage here.  That’s because we (Downtown Calgary) love the Rodeo.  We sponsored the Midway, one of our writers (Wil Knoll) is in a rodeo-off with Mark Hopkins and most of the action happens downtown.  All that said **shifts eyes guiltily** …this is my first year at the Rodeo.  I honestly can’t believe it now, but I suppose I was busy (school) or far away (NWT), but still!  So I sat down for Tono and after the wonder of Snowblower and the strangeness of Kawasaki Exit, I knew I’d be blown away.

I was not disappointed.  I don’t know anything about dance besides the fact that I can’t do it; this is not a technical critique.  Tono was amazing.  Red Sky Performance set out to “embody the elegant majesty of a stampeding herd, dancing through shamanistic cycles to the sounds of live throat-singing and the native instruments of [Canadian, Mongolian and Chinese indigenous cultures].”  The movements and sounds did exactly that.  What a perfect show for Calgary …you’ve got me hooked now Rodeo.

Tono is playing at the Grand until Saturday, January 30, 2010

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